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 advance 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 part-time study 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.

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Taught by doctoral prepared nursing faculty members

Choose from Two Specializations Designed to Meet Your Goals

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

Nursing Education

The Nursing Education Specialty 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 Specialty 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 Specialty 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 Specialty will be prepared for mid-level management and leadership positions in a variety of nursing settings.

Occupational Trends

20% Growth

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

2.4 million new jobs

Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 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 $94,670.
—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 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 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 specialty 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 Specialty 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 Specialty 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

Doctoral prepared nursing faculty members in the CSUEB 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. Maria H. Cho

Maria H. Cho, PhD, RN, AOCNS ®, FNP-BC is an associate professor in Cal State East Bay’s Department of Nursing. She earned a bachelor’s in nursing in South Korea, a master’s degree from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) with an oncology clinical nurse specialist, and a PhD from UCSF. She earned her Postmaster’s Family Nurse Practitioner from San Francisco State University. Her areas of research interests include symptom management, palliative care nursing, and nursing education. She has been an oncology nurse for more than 15 years. She has published and presented her research nationally and internationally. She has taught at UCSF School of Nursing and at Samuel Merritt University.

Dr. Daniel M. Doolan

Dr. Daniel M. Doolan was born and raised in Berkeley, California. He received his BSN and MSN from Sonoma State and his PhD in Nursing from UCSF. He continues to work shifts as a medical-surgical staff nurse at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where he has worked for over 15 years.  Dr. Doolan has taught nursing since 2001. He teaches nursing students at the ADN, BSN, MSN, and Doctoral levels. His research experience includes both qualitative and quantitative research studies and includes diverse areas such as smoking cessation and resilience among Prisoners of War.

Dr. Roberta Durham

Dr. Roberta Durham received her BS in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island and moved to San Francisco two weeks later where she began her career as a labor and delivery nurse at Mount Zion Medical Center. After a few years, she went to graduate school at UCSF and received her master’s degree as a perinatal clinical specialist.  While at UCSF, Dr. Kathryn May became her mentor and suggested she continue her graduate work and go on for a PhD.  At 26 years old, she began her PhD and began what became a lifelong commitment to improving perinatal and women's health outcomes, particularly for those most vulnerable.  She began her academic career at Samuel Merritt University and has been at CSUEB for about 10 years.  Her current focus is on global health and improving outcomes in rural Panama.  She is the author of a popular nursing textbook Maternal-Newborn Nursing: The Critical Components of Nursing Care. She has published and presented her research nationally and internationally and has received many awards for her global health work.

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 assistant 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. Denise Li

Dr. Denise Li is a proud alumnae of Cal State East Bay’s BSN program. She holds two advanced nursing degrees from the UCSF School of Nursing: MS in Critical Care/Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist Track, and, PhD (Dissertation on critical care pain management). Dr. Li is also a UCSF trained and board certified Acute Care-Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. 

Dr. Li's 30 years of nursing experience encompasses ICU nursing, nurse practitioner practice, and academic teaching. Dr. Li's particular two passions are to provide best care to geriatric patients and their families and to mentor excellence in the next generation of nurses. 

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. Claire P. 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. She is currently working on her dissertation, an examination of nurse educators’ conceptualizations of and pedagogical approaches to social justice and social differences, and will be graduating from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis in June.

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 chair of the Nursing and Health Department and program director of the Nursing Program. 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. Jennifer Winters

Dr. Jennifer Winters RN, PhD, GNP earned her BA in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, her ADN at Contra Costa College, her MSN/GNP at the University of California, San Francisco, and her PhD in Health Services with a focus on gerontological nursing education at Walden University. She has been practicing nursing with a focus on gerontology for 30 years. In addition to her practice, Dr. Winters has taught nursing for 20 years to both undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests include best practices in gerontological nursing education and the use of high stakes and standardized testing in nursing education.

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Admission Requirements

The Hybrid MS in Nursing degree program is open to applicants with a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited US institution and are licensed or eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in California. 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. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  2. Have or be eligible for California RN license
  3. Two letters of recommendation, 1 academic and 1 professional, indicating the applicant's potential for success in graduate education and a nursing leadership role.
  4. Goal Statement – A two-page essay should be submitted to the Nursing Department describing your career interests and goals, your purpose for seeking this advanced degree, and how you are prepared to meet the demands and requirements of this program.
  5. Interview – To be arranged following receipt of the application.
  6. STAT 100 – Elements of Probability and Statistics, or its equivalent from an accredited US college, must be completed with a grade of “B” or better prior to starting in the MSN program.

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 by June 1, 2019.
  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 by June 1, 2019.

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 2019 10/1/18 – 6/1/19 6/1/19

MS - Nursing Leadership and Administration

Term Application Filing Period Transcripts & Other Docs Due By
Fall 2019 10/1/18 – 6/1/19 6/1/19

Upcoming Info Sessions

Tuesday, May 7
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Hayward Campus, SF 0523

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.

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 June 1st, what should I do?
Write a letter and upload it to NursingCAS explaining the situation. Please be sure to include the course information, and where you plan on completing it.

It has been more than 7 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 write and upload a letter to your NursingCAS application. This 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. Then, you can send official, translated transcripts to the University. (They will send the transcripts on to the International Admissions Office to be evaluated.) For your NursingCAS application, you can upload an unofficial, translated transcript under “Program Materials” to be reviewed by the Admission Committee.


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; part-time

Tuition costs: $590 per unit (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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