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A master of science in nursing (MSN) is the best degree option for professional nurses looking to advance their careers. While a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) can lead to advancement opportunities as well, an MSN or higher is highly desired by hospitals, universities, and other medical facilities seeking skilled administrators, educators, and managers. Most MSN programs require 18-24 months to complete.

An entry-level master’s in nursing (ELM) is the best master’s degree route for non-nurses. The ELM program is designed for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree or higher in another field, and it usually takes 1-2 years to complete (depending on transfer credits).

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MSN degree-holders have access to a wide variety of career paths including nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, nurse manager, and nursing home administrator. Graduates can expect an outstanding hiring and earnings outlook for these positions. Expected employment growth for nurse managers and administrators is 21% for the 2012-2022 decade and 31% for nurse anesthetists, midwives, and practitioners. The average salary for managers and administrators is $88,500 nationwide and an impressive $118,040 in the state of California. The average salary for nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners as a group is $96,460 nationwide. In California, average annual earnings are $163,570 for nurse anesthetists, $120,450 for nurse midwives, and $110,590 for nurse practitioners.

We’ve compiled below the accredited California schools that offer some of the state’s top master of science in nursing (MSN) programs.

Fresno

California State University, Fresno
5241 North Maple Avenue | Fresno, California 93740
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing

Inland Empire

California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Avenue | Riverside, California 92504
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway | San Bernardino, California 92407
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
Loma Linda University
11262 Campus Street | Loma Linda, California 92350
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing; Master's in Pediatric Nursing; Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Master's in Nursing Education

Los Angeles County

Azusa Pacific University
901 East Alosta Avenue | Azusa, California 91702
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street | Carson, California 90747
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard | Long Beach, California 90840
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive | Los Angeles, California 90032
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 East 120th Street | Los Angeles, California 90059
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration
Mount St Mary's College
12001 Chalon Road | Los Angeles, California 90049
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of California, Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90095
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Research
University of Southern California
University Park | Los Angeles, California 90089
Programs offered: Master's in Nurse Anesthetist
West Coast University - Los Angeles
12215 Victory Boulevard | North Hollywood, California 91606
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
Western University of Health Sciences
309 East Second Street | Pomona, California 91766
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing

Modesto

California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle | Turlock, California 95382
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing

Orange County

California State University, Fullerton
800 North State College Boulevard | Fullerton, California 92831
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
University of California, Irvine
501 Aldrich Hall | Irvine, California 92697
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Science
University of Phoenix - Southern California
3100 Bristol Street | Costa Mesa, California 92626
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education

Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street | Sacramento, California 95819
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue | Davis, California 95616
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Science
University of Phoenix - Sacramento Valley
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive | Sacramento, California 95833
Programs offered: Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education

San Diego County

Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Drive | San Diego, California 92106
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive | San Diego, California 92182
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
United States University
830 Bay Boulevard | Chula Vista, California 91911
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
University of Phoenix - San Diego
9645 Granite Ridge Drive | San Diego, California 92123
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Nursing Education
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park | San Diego, California 92110
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Master's in Clinical Nurse Leader

San Francisco Bay metro area

Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue | San Rafael, California 94901
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Boulevard | Oakland, California 94619
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing
Samuel Merritt University
3100 Telegraph Avenue | Oakland, California 94609
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue | San Francisco, California 94132
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
San Jose State University
One Washington Square | San Jose, California 95192
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
University of California, San Francisco
500 Parnassus Avenue | San Francisco, California 94143
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
University of Phoenix - Bay Area
3590 North First Street | San Jose, California 95134
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Nursing Education
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street | San Francisco, California 94117
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist

Sonoma

Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue | Rohnert Park, California 94928
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing

Other California cities

California State University, Chico
First & Normal Streets | Chico, California 95929
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
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