2018 Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, a prospective student must submit a complete application with all required documentation during the application period.  All candidates are screened based on a qualitative assessment of academic skills, experience, and references by the admissions committee.  Some restrictions apply; please see the FNP Program Application for additional information.

Minimum eligibility requirements include:

  1. Be a graduate of an accredited baccalaureate nursing program
  2. Have an overall baccalaureate GPA of at least 3.0
  3. Have completed the 3 prerequisite courses (Pathophysiology, Statistics, and Nursing Research)
  4. Hold an active, unrestricted California RN license
  5. Have the equivalent of 2 years of full-time RN experience in the past 3 years
  6. Be eligible for admission to CSU Bakersfield as a graduate student
  7. Meet all CSUB Department of Nursing new graduate student requirements upon admission including Essential Functions


Apply through CSUApply
CSU, Bakersfield Admission Application

Complete the CSUApply application for admission to CSU Bakersfield. Candidate must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for admission to CSU Bakersfield as a post-baccalaureate (graduate) student. Applications for admission may be completed online at CSUApply.

Priority Graduate Admission Applications for the fall 2018 semester will be accepted from October 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017.

MSN Program Application
Please see "Ready to Apply?" Section in the Right-Hand Corner of this Page

Fall 2018 Applications accepted:

Oct 1, 2017 - March 16, 2018
Notification of admissions decisions:    On or before June 1, 2018
Classes begin: August 2018
Graduation: May 2020

Ready to Apply?

Applications for the fall 2018-2020 program will be available in October 2017.

Step 1 - CSU Apply: Oct 1 - Nov 30

Fall 2018 Admissions-CLOSED; applications to CSU Apply not permitted after deadline

Please click on the CSUApply website

Step 2 - NursingCAS: Oct 1 - Mar 16, 2018

Applications through NursingCAS will not be permitted without CSU Apply Application.

Please click on the NursingCAS website

Please use the Applicant Survey form when applying to the program.

Submission of Transcripts to NursingCAS:

NursingCAS can accept electronic transcripts from Credentials Solutions and Parchment only. 

For courses taken at CSUB, click on the image below to order CSUB transcripts for electronic delivery to NursingCAS. 

CSUB transcripts requests

For courses taken at other institutions, click on the image below to verify your institution provides electronic delivery.

Credential Solutions websiteParchment website

Need Assistance?

Contact the Program Advisor.