Graduate Programs

Specialized Population - Masters of Science in Nursing

The MSN Specialized Populations track prepares Registered Nurses for advanced practice with a focus on a particular aggregate. Students identify a population based on their work experience and interests, and focus on this population throughout their coursework. Note that students are not prepared to qualify for Nurse Practitioner licensure. The program starts every Fall semester.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the program must hold a valid, active license as an RN in the United States, a baccalaureate degree in Nursing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and have completed an undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course within five years of the application deadline.

Application Instructions

  • Apply to the College of Graduate Studies
  • Submit official transcripts for all post-secondary education
  • Submit a completed School of Nursing Graduate Nursing Application; the application deadline is March 1 for the Fall semester

All application materials must be submitted to

Office of Graduate Admissions
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Curriculum Changes

The Graduate Faculty recently completed an update of the curriculum requirements for the Specialized Population track of the MSN program. These requirements are in effect for students starting the program in Fall 2012.

One of the most significant changes is the creation of thesis and non-thesis options for the track. Students who are planning to pursue a PhD will want to seriously consider the thesis option as a means of both preparing them for further graduate course work and strengthening their doctoral program applications.

Essentially, the difference between the two options is this:

  • Thesis option students will complete two clinical courses, two research courses, and a thesis.
  • Students who pursue the non-thesis option will complete three clinical courses and one research course.

You do not need to make this decision until you have completed NUR 503. However, you will want to think about and discuss it with your graduate faculty advisor.

MSN Specialized Population Courses Pre-Fall 2012

MSN Specialized Population Courses Fall 2012

MSN Specialized Population Degree Planner Pre-Fall 2012

MSN Specialized Population Degree Planner Fall 2012 Thesis Track

MSN Specialized Population Degree Planner Fall 2012 Non-Thesis Track