Gain the knowledge and skills to become an effective educator or leader in health care with a flexible program designed for working professionals.


Education that Drives Your Career Forward

Cal State East Bay’s Hybrid Master of Science in Nursing program prepares you for advanced practice as health educators, consultants, and administrative leaders. Throughout the program, you’ll broaden your knowledge and skills so that you can serve as an effective leader in various educational and health care settings.

The Hybrid MS in Nursing program is surprisingly achievable and especially convenient for busy working adults like you. The program format includes predominantly online courses designed to give working nurses the greatest access to education with flexible delivery. Additionally, you will attend a two-day master course immersion event on campus at the start of each year. The program also serves as a solid foundation, and provides a seamless pathway, if you are interested in pursuing a doctorate in any nursing practice or research-oriented graduate program.


Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The MSN program is committed to the Nurses Climate Challenge School of Nursing Commitment

The MSN Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Choose from Two Concentrations Designed to Meet Your Goals

The program includes two different tracks, depending on your academic goals:

Nursing Education

The Nursing Education Concentration provides nurses with essential knowledge in curricular design and instructional experiences to facilitate the education of health care clients, nursing staff, and future nurses.

Nursing Leadership and Administration

The Nursing Leadership and Administration Concentration provides nurses with knowledge in organizational management and leadership skills to positively impact the quality and efficiency of patient care within health care and community organizations.

Whether you seek to gain professional preparation and credential as an educator in health care or desire to progress into an administrative leadership role, Cal State East Bay’s Hybrid MS in Nursing program has an option for you.

Excel in a Rapidly Changing Health Industry

The future of nursing is extremely promising with high demands for advanced nurses to lead the health care quality delivery and to mentor the future nursing workforce. As an MSN-prepared nurse, you’ll be ready to practice as an educator, consultant, or administrative leader in a variety of organizational systems.

Graduates with the Nursing Education Concentration will be well-equipped to work as clinical education leaders and consultants in practice settings or academic nursing programs. On the other hand, graduates with the Leadership and Administration Concentration will be prepared for mid-level management and leadership positions in a variety of nursing settings.

Occupational Trends

28% Growth

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 28 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

1.8 million new jobs

Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations from 2022 to 2032, adding about 1.8 million new jobs.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

$94K Salary

California is one of the top paying states for postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers with an annual mean wage of $94,530.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Become an Effective Contributor
to the Health of Your Communities

As a Cal State East Bay graduate, you will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to make a direct impact on the health and well-being of others.

Equipped with your MSN in Nursing Education, you’ll be able to combine your clinical expertise with a passion for teaching clients and students and impact change in health-wellness programs.

With an MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration, you’ll be able to step into a leadership role or an executive position that manages the operation of nursing settings and lead program innovation to impact health care quality and safety.

Expand Your Professional Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Cal State East Bay’s Hybrid MS in Nursing program, you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of settings, including:

Clinical, organizational, and academic work settings.

Hospitals (Advanced nurses serve as clinical resources, direct nursing staff development programs, and manage a variety of nursing settings).

Community agencies (Advanced nurses act as consultants to improve client education and oversees health-wellness improvement programs).

Colleges or universities (MSN nurses are valuable clinical mentors and instructors for the next generation of nurses).

The MSN program has definitely helped me achieve my career goals. My long-term goal has been to teach while still working at the bedside. Once my MSN program was nearly completed, I was offered a position as an adjunct clinical instructor.

Carissa Wilson, MS Nursing Graduate

My favorite part about being in the program was the comradery with the other people in my program. We supported each other and cheered each other on. They were a major support system for me when the pressure was on.

Cassie Wong, MS Nursing Graduate

The Prestige of a Cal State Degree with the Convenience of a Hybrid Program

Program Format

Most course instruction is delivered via an online approach. Additionally, you will attend a two-day master course immersion event on campus at the start of each year. This provides a valuable opportunity to foster a collegial work relationship with professors and class members. You can look forward to an in-person course overview while enjoying the flexibility of online learning.

Program Curriculum

Cal State East Bay’s Hybrid MS in Nursing program requires six core courses in addition to five concentration courses.

Required Core Courses

Course Units
NURS 601 Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURS 602 Scientific Inquiry, Methods, and Scholarship
NURS 603 Healthcare Informatics
NURS 604 Epidemiology of Population Health and Social Disparities
NURS 605 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Economics and Social Policy
NURS 693 Masters Synthesis

Nursing Education Concentration Courses

Course Units
NURS 611 Learner Centered Theory and Methods in Nursing
NURS 612 Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Health Assessment
NURS 613 Curriculum Design and Outcomes in Nursing
NURS 614 Instructional Strategies and Educational Technologies
NURS 615 Teaching Practicum: Instructional and Clinical Specialty Practices

Nursing Education Schedule

Year 1

Fall Spring
NURS 601 NURS 604
NURS 602 NURS 611
NURS 603 NURS 612

Year 2

Fall Spring
NURS 605 NURS 693
NURS 613 NURS 615
NURS 614  

Nursing Leadership and Administration Concentration Courses

Course Units
NURS 621 Principles and Practices of Quality Patient Care
NURS 622 Leadership Influence and Change
NURS 623 Organizational Systems and Finance Management in Healthcare
NURS 624 Human Resource Management for Healthcare
NURS 625 Leadership Practicum: Nurse Administrative role in Organizational Setting

Nursing Leadership and Administration Schedule

Year 1

Fall Spring
NURS 601 NURS 604
NURS 602 NURS 621
NURS 603 NURS 622

Year 2

Fall Spring
NURS 605 NURS 693
NURS 623 NURS 625
NURS 624  

Who will you be learning from? Meet your professors. »

Featured Faculty

Nursing faculty members in the Cal State East Bay Nursing Department hold clinical practice expertise in seven content areas, including medical-surgical, critical care, pediatric, obstetrics, mental health, gerontology, and community health nursing. Additionally, they maintain active engagement in research, publication, and professional organizations.

Dr. Linda Gregory


NURSING: A Profession of Today and Tomorrow

Dr. Linda Gregory earned her MSN and PhD from UCSF SON and her BSN from Holy Names University Oakland. She has over 40 years of nursing experience in various capacities: critical care, medical-surgical clinical instructor, nursing administration, and academia. Among her many leadership roles, Dr. Gregory facilitated Northern Kaiser Permanente’s Nurse Outreach Ambassador Program. She is the executive director of the Coalition for Nursing Careers in California (CNCC), co-founder of the Nurse-to-Nurse Initiative, and co-founder of UCSF School of Nursing's student-led Global Nursing Committee, each of which represents her commitment to contribute and advocate the significance and imperative to achieve diversity at all levels within the profession and supports her diversity research.

Dr. Monika Eckfield

Specialization: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Community Based Care

Dr. Monika Eckfield


I believe that people learn best when they feel challenged by the material, engaged in their learning, and supported by those around them.

Monika Eckfield, RN, MSN, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Nursing with expertise in psychiatric mental-health nursing, gerontological nursing, and community-based care. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from U.C. San Diego, her master's degree in gerontological nursing and case management at San Francisco State University, and her PhD in geropsychiatric nursing at U.C. San Francisco. Her research has focused on treatment and services for adults and older adults with hoarding disorder, and she has worked closely with county and city agencies, as well as non-profit agencies, to apply research findings to practice settings.

While at Cal State East Bay, Dr. Eckfield has collaborated with others to establish the Diversity in Nursing Task Force and to develop strategies to prepare a diverse nursing workforce for the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Dr. Sahar Nouredini

Specialization: Public Health, Occupational Nursing, Community Based Care

Dr. Sahar Nouredini


Dr. Sahar Nouredini earned her BSN at California State University Sacramento and both her MSN/CNS in Community Health and International Nursing and PhD at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Nouredini has been practicing nursing for 12 years and has been teaching for five years. She has practiced in multiple settings including as a bedside oncology nurse, home health nurse, public health nurse, and school nurse. She has also been fortunate enough to volunteer abroad.

Dr. Nouredini’s research interests include occupational and environmental health disparities related to chemical exposure, environmental justice, and school health.

Dr. Jenny Richardson


If one has the privilege to educate others, one must embrace the opportunity from a podium of service to others.

Dr. Jenny Richardson was born and raised in Oakland, California. Her nursing career spans over 36 years and includes critical care, emergency, organ and bone marrow transplant, and nursing leadership experience. She earned her BSN from Samuel Merritt University, her MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from Strayer University-Jack Welch Executive Management Institute, and her DHA in Healthcare Quality and Data Analytics from Capella University. She trained as an Improvement Advisor at the Institute for Health Improvement and is Heartmath Certified.

Dr. Richardson’s educational philosophy is foundationally derived from her parents, who raised her to believe that getting a solid education was a bridge to a better life. She believes if one has the privilege to educate others, one must embrace the opportunity from a podium of service to others. She strives to make education not only academic but skill building and experiential endeavor broadening through thought exchange and communication of ideas. In her teaching, she leverages various methods, such as simulation and case studies to keep knowledge exchange engaging, thought-provoking, fun, and interesting so that students have successful learning opportunities to solidify real-life applications.

Dr. Aura Sanchez-Mundi


Dr. Aura Sanchez-Mundi is a double board-certified nurse practitioner living in the Bay Area. Her experience includes primary care, med surg, transplant, occupational health, addiction medicine, and pre-op anesthesia. She encourages her students to challenge themselves and enjoys empowering them to achieve their goals.

Dr. Sanchez-Mundi received her first bachelors in Latin American and Iberian Studies from UC Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Science in Nursing at New York University, Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Adult Geriatric Acute Care from New York University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a second specialty in Family Practice from Touro University California.

Dr. Joan Gygax Spicer


Dr. Joan Spicer has worked in health care operations for five decades, including acute care, ambulatory, and home health care. Her clinical focus is the continuum of care. She has participated at the federal, state, and county levels in developing strategic solutions for transitions in care. Dr. Spicer’s focus in the classroom has been health care finance and business administration. Dr. Spicer’s work is not only local but international. She has worked with nurses in five countries, most recently in Indonesia. She is on peer review panels for international journals. She is a published author and co-editor of three books. Dr. Spicer teaches and designs curricula for graduate programs and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Dr. Alicia Swartz

Specialization: Community Health, Adolescent Family Planning

Dr. Alicia Swartz


Dr. Alicia Swartz is a pre-tenure assistant professor of pediatric nursing at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), a clinical researcher at the University of California San Francisco, and a practicing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakland, CA. She was recently awarded the title: “Changemaker in Family Planning” for her work exploring the training of nurses in sexual and reproductive health. Her current work has evolved to include the diversity, equity, and inclusion in nursing training programs. Dr. Swartz is a founder and co-chair of the Dismantling Racism in Nursing Education at CSUEB, and she has provided numerous trainings for nursing faculty on the topic of anti-racist pedagogy and its application in nursing.

Dr. C Valderama-Wallace

Specialization: Community Health, Social Justice and Transformative Teaching Pedagogy

Dr. C Valderama-Wallace


I approach classes as learning communities where, above all else, we engage in the understanding and construction of knowledge in various forms.

Dr. Claire P. Valderama-Wallace utilizes a variety of participatory, reflective, and evidence-based methods to support individual and collective learning through a dynamic and inclusive learning environment that emphasizes the connection between critical thinking and action. Dr. Valderama-Wallace’s teaching philosophy is informed by her personal, academic, and professional experiences and is based in critical social theory (anti-racist, anti-colonial, and critical pedagogies). Her research interests lie at the intersection of nursing education, social justice, and public health.

After completing her bachelor’s degree in Physiological Sciences at UCLA, Dr. Valderama-Wallace completed her master’s in public health at George Washington University with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. After working with the National Association of County and City Health Officials, Dr. Valderama-Wallace decided to pursue nursing and completed the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at UCSF with a specialty in Community Health Nursing, Transformative Pedagogy. Dr. Valderama-Wallace completed her PhD at Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis.  

Dr. Lynn Van Hofwegen

Specialization: Community Health, Health Policy, Academic Leadership and Administration

Dr. Lynn Van Hofwegen


Together we form a community of learners that can reach new understandings and accomplish great things. I am passionate about educating diverse nurse leaders for our diverse community. Nurses are uniquely qualified be a force for change for the health of our community.

Dr. Lynn Van Hofwegen is the founding director of the MSN program and former chair of the Department of Nursing. She received a BS in Nursing from Grand Valley State College in Michigan, an MS in Nursing from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Dr. Van Hofwegen has practiced as a clinical nurse in Adult and Pediatric Intensive Care and as a licensed Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Emergency and primary care. Dr. Van Hofwegen lived in Central America for six years where she worked in community health development and in teaching Transcultural Nursing to nursing students. Teaching responsibilities and interests include Leadership, Health Policy, Community Health, Pediatrics, and Global Health. Her research focus is on Latino Day Laborer family health, health disparities, and innovation in nursing education. Dr. Van Hofwegen has published her work on social justice, Latino health, innovative clinical placements, and nursing education. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, The American Public Health Association, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and the Association of California Nurse Leaders. She is a Fulbright Specialist in Community Health and Education.

Dr. Van Hofwegen is passionate about community health, upstream thinking, social justice and diversity, and most importantly the education of nurse leaders.

Dr. Michelle Williams


Dr. Michelle Y. Williams has served as assistant professor/adjunct faculty at CSUEB since 2011 in the Nursing Department. Additionally, Dr. Williams is the Executive Director, Research and Health Equity at Stanford Health Care, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Primacy Care Population Health, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Williams holds a bachelors and master’s degree in nursing from Holy Names University, Oakland, California, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Dr. Williams spent just under 30 years at Kaiser Permanente where she held a variety of roles prior to retiring in 2017, including national director of technology innovation research, maternal-child health director at the Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, and chief nurse executive at the Kaiser Richmond Medical Center. A longstanding health policy and health systems scientist, Williams has advanced health equity research, catalyzed clinical and systems transformation, and empowered stakeholders during her esteemed tenure at complex health care organizations and academic institutions, including the University of California, San Francisco, General Clinical Research Center; Alameda County Health System: Highland General Hospital; Telecare Mental Health Corporation, and the Veteran’s Health System: Sacramento Medical Center, to name a few.

Dr. Williams is the recipient of several Health Equity and Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DEI) grant awards, co-author of numerous published articles on these subjects, co-investigator, or principal investigator on several clinical studies, and will soon launch a Health Equity and DEI grant award to support faculty and clinical staff led research across Stanford Medicine. Williams is the founder and current president of the Stanford Medicine Black Nurses Association Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association.

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Additional Faculty:

Adrienne Carlson, RN, MS

Josephine Juan, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNEcl

Next, learn all about admission requirements and how to apply »

Admission Requirements

The Hybrid MS in Nursing degree program is open to applicants with a:

  1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited US institution
  2. License or are eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in California.

Admission Assessment

Admission will be granted based upon the Admission Committee’s overall assessment of the student’s qualifications and academic/career potential, using the following criteria:

  1. BS in Nursing degree with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. Valid RN license, or be eligible for CA RN Licensure.
  3. One year or more professional nursing experience is preferred.
  4. Two professional letters of recommendation (on letterhead), indicating the applicant's potential for success in graduate education and a nursing leadership role.
  5. Goal Statement - A two-page essay indicating the applicant's career interests and goals, their purpose for seeking this advanced degree, and how you are prepared to meet the demands and requirements of this program.
  6. Interview - To be arranged following receipt of the application.
  7. All undergraduate/graduate transcripts must be sent to University Admissions.
  8. STAT 100 Elements of Statistics and Probability, or its equivalent, with a grade of "C" or better prior to starting the MSN program and within the past ten (10) years. Please note: To request a waiver of this recency requirement, please email

How to Apply

The application process requires two steps:

  1. Submit an online Graduate Admission Application for the MS in Nursing degree program at Cal State East Bay through Cal State Apply.
  2. Submit an online application to the Nursing Department through NursingCAS (Nursing’s Centralized Application Service) including your two letters of recommendation and a goal statement describing your career interests and preparation to succeed in the graduate program.

An interview will be arranged following the completion of both applications.

Please click on the Application Packet below for detailed instructions on the application process.

Admission Deadlines

MS - Nursing Education

Term Application Filing Period Transcripts & Other Docs Due By
Fall 2024 10/1/23-6/1/24 06/01/24

MS - Nursing Leadership and Administration

Term Application Filing Period Transcripts & Other Docs Due By
Fall 2024 10/1/23-6/1/24 06/01/24

Common Questions

What is the program format?
Course instruction is delivered primarily online with the exception of a two-day master course immersion event on campus at the start of each year. These two-day events provide a valuable opportunity to foster a collegial work relationship with professors and class members. You can look forward to an in-person course overview while enjoying the flexibility of online learning.
I am filling out my University application on Cal State Apply. Do I have to add transcript information?
You only have to add transcript information if the course is in progress. Post-bac applicants simply select “not submitting transcripts at this time”. Then, official transcripts must be sent to the University after you have completed your Cal State Apply application.
I am filling out my NursingCAS application. Do I have to hand enter my entire transcript?
No, you do not have to hand enter every course you attended unless you want to. However, you must enter your Statistics information, and select it as fulfilling the prerequisite.
How can I show that I have fulfilled my Statistics prerequisite in NursingCAS?
Under “Program Materials” there should be a “Prerequisites” tab. When you click on it, it should show you the required prerequisites for the program—in this case, Statistics. Under Statistics should be a button that says something similar to “Assign Course”. When you click on that button, it should show all of the courses you have entered in your academic history. Select the course you feel meets the prerequisite and save it.
How do I get to the correct application on Cal State Apply?
First, create your account with Cal State Apply. Then, select the programs to which you want to apply. From the drop down, select Cal State East Bay for the “Campus Name” and leave all other drop downs the way they are. Under “East Bay Extension” you should see the Nursing-Nursing Education option and the Nursing-Nursing Leadership and Administration option. Select which option you prefer.
If I need to enroll in a Statistics course, but the date I can enroll is after the application deadline, what should I do?
Email our MSN Program at We will provide instructions on how to upload your letter to NursingCAS explaining the situation. Please be sure to include the course information, and where you plan on completing it.
If it has been more than 10 years, where can I retake my statistics?
You can take your statistics course online, at CSUEB or another college. Please check on to find its equivalent and that it is from an accredited institution.
If I want to petition to have my Statistics prerequisite waived, what should I do?
If you would like to submit a petition to be considered by the Admission Committee regarding waiving your Statistics prerequisite, you must contact our MSN Program for instructions on how to submit your letter and complete waiver form. The letter should include examples of how you use Statistics on a regular basis in your work, and your request to have the prerequisite waived.
I received my BSN degree internationally. What is the process I need to follow?

If you are not currently an RN in the State of California, we encourage you to contact the California Board of Registered Nursing first to make sure that your license is transferable, and that there are no other requirements that need to be met prior to obtaining your license in California (ie. additional courses).

If you received your BSN degree internationally and you already have your RN license in the State of California, you will need to submit your application to the University. Please contact our International Admissions Office by e-mail at as they can guide you in sending official transcripts to the University for an Evaluation. For your NursingCAS application, you can upload an unofficial, translated transcript under “Program Materials” to be reviewed by the Admission Committee. Please follow NursingCAS instructions and guidelines on sending Official Transcripts.

How can I find out more about the Practicum?
You will spend time shadowing and working with an advanced practice nurse with expertise in your area of interest. This can include a nurse educator, manager, etc. Flexibility in your schedule will help facilitate success during this course as you will be working with a preceptor, engaging in project implementation, and evaluation. Students often establish a temporary schedule with their manager to allow this. The schedule is determined by you and the preceptor.
Are there exams or is it mostly lectures/research/projects/papers?
The vast majority of student work includes papers (including research, reflective, etc.), discussion boards and other interactive assignments, as well as assignments geared toward your concentration (e.g. education–presentations; leadership– budgets). There are few exams. The culminating capstone project includes a practicum and synthesis paper.
Are lectures prerecorded or live?
Classes are asynchronous. To maximize accessibility and flexibility, the lectures are recorded.


Is financial aid available for this program?
Please access financial aid options on the university’s Financial Aid website.

Accessibility Services

Does the university provide accessibility services?
Yes, our Accessibility Services department provides academic accommodations and support services to address the individual needs of students with differing abilities, permanent disabilities or temporary disabling conditions. For more information, including program details and contact information, visit

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At a Glance

Area of study: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Ideal for: Working BSN nurses who want to expand practice and career opportunities

Program format: Hybrid

Number of courses: 11 courses; 33 units

Program length: Four semesters

Tuition costs: $21,417; $649 per unit (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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