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


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

Apply through CSUApply
CSU, Bakersfield Admission Application

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

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

MSN Program Application
Applications will be integrated into the CSUApply University Admission application through Quadrant Four. If you are not prompted to answer nursing-specific questions, please contact the Program Advisor immediately as late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Ready to Apply?

Applications for the fall 2018-2010 program will be available in October 2017.
Please check back often for updates.

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

Need Assistance?

Contact the Program Advisor.