MSN Leadership Application Process

To be considered for admission to the MSN Leadership program, you must follow the application process outlined below.

To apply to the program, prospective students must submit an online application and copies of official transcripts. The application deadline for Fall 2024 admission is June 1, 2024.



The Fall 2024 application will be available beginning October 1, 2023 online through Cal State ApplyOpens in new window .

The online Cal State ApplyOpens in new window application will require the following:

  • Completion of online application form which will ask for bio/demographic information and details about your previous education.
  • Names and contact information including email address for three references who are registered nurses. These references will receive an email with directions complete the recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose - in 500 words or less describe your preparation and reason(s) for pursuing graduate study in Nursing Leadership
  • Current Resume detailing all education and nursing work experience
  • Individual unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Application fee paid online when submitting the application

For complete details about the university application process, refer to the Graduate StudiesOpens in new window website.


Application Guide:

The Cal State Apply Guide for MSN Leadership applicants (coming soon!) will assist you in completing the university application. Please review prior to starting your application. 



After completing the online application, you must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from the college/university where you received your Bachelor's degreeOpens in new window (and Master's degree transcripts, if applicable)
  • Official transcripts from the college/university where you completed the statistics prerequisiteOpens in new window
  • Official transcripts from the college/university where you completed the community health nursing prerequisiteOpens in new window (if course was not taken as part of your Bachelor's degree)

No other transcripts are needed to complete the initial application. Applicants will be notified if additional transcripts are needed.

Your transcripts must be submitted directly to CSUF Admissions by the application deadline.

Electronic transcripts are preferred. Review the Admissions websiteOpens in new window  for details and instructions.



The Fall 2024 application will be available starting October 1, 2023. The Fall 2024 application deadline is June 1, 2024. The following items must be submitted by this date:

  • Online Application
  • University application fee
  • Official electronic transcripts