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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program

Master's Degree | Hybrid

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6/8/2022 Update: We are not currently enrolling students for this program

Take your nursing career to the next level

6/8/2022 Update: We are not currently enrolling students for this program. Please submit any questions on this program to

HNU’s graduate nursing program offers personalized learning and convenient class schedules. Whether you want to become a family nurse practitioner or plan to pursue a career in nurse administration, our highly experienced and supportive faculty will make sure you achieve your goals.

Our Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Nurses who complete the family nurse practitioner MSN or certificate program meet the Board of Registered Nursing standards to apply for the nurse practitioner certificate in the State of California.

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Contact an enrollment counselor with any questions you have about our Nursing Master's degree programs.

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Career Outcomes

Where an MSN degree can take you

The MSN program will prepare you for a leadership role in any healthcare environment including a hospital, community clinic, healthcare agency, government agency, educational institution, physicians office, primary care, patients’ home, and hospice.

  • Nurse Manager

    Intensive Care

  • Patient Care Leader

    Care Facility

  • Quality Manager

    Pharmaceutical Company

Choose Our Master of Science in Nursing Program in the Bay Area

6/8/2022 Update: We are not currently enrolling students for this program. Please submit any questions on this program to

Holy Names University is a small, private university in Oakland, California. Graduate students from Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area are perfect for this program, as it requires only one weekend on campus each month. 

As a student-centered institution, HNU offers small class sizes, access to faculty, and mentorship that can change the direction of our students’ careers.

 Holy Names University focuses on educating and empowering our students to work toward social justice in every context in which they work. 

After graduation, our alumni fill leadership roles that make a real impact in their communities. Where will you go after you receive your Master’s in Nursing in Northern California? Check out our People of HNU page to see the stories, testimonials, and profiles of Holy Names alumni. 

Innovative and Personalized

Program Highlights

At Holy Names University, our students enjoy small class sizes. Such courses are rare in MS Nursing programs in California. You'll receive individualized attention from experienced instructors. Our faculty members are experts in their fields, and they enjoy developing personal connections with their students. At HNU, your professors know you by name. They also have the time and resources to spend on each student to ensure you get the most out of each class. Other highlights include:

• Innovative programming: students can complete the MSN degree in just 2 years.

• Convenient class schedule: hybrid classes meet one weekend a month, and students complete the rest of the coursework online.

• Passionate faculty with extensive nursing experience.

• State-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Center.

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Partnership discounts available

Employed by a hospital?

HNU is pleased to offer a 15% discounted tuition rate to new students and alumni who are employed by one of our partner hospitals, health systems, or medical organizations. We believe that access to education is important. These price reductions make earning a Master's in Nursing in Northern California increasingly possible for our students.

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Contact HNU About Earning Your Master’s in Nursing in Oakland, California

Reach out to our admissions counselors about HNU’s Master of Science in Nursing program. They can give you information about our curriculum, timeline, and faculty. Request more information about earning your master’s today! 

A program sneak preview

Sample courses

Here are just a few of the courses you may take.

Theoretical Advanced Nursing

Study the philosophical and conceptual perspectives of advanced practice nursing.

Health Law & Ethics

Examine the federal, state, and local laws affecting healthcare delivery and healthcare organization policy.

Healthcare Economics

Introduction to economic theories applicable to the U.S. healthcare system and how the economics of healthcare impact the model of healthcare delivery.