Master of Science in Nursing

Masters of Science in Nursing - Forensic Nursing


The MSN in Forensic Nursing program track combines the art and science of nursing, the law, and forensic science, preparing Registered Nurses to provide care to forensic patients in criminal and civil legal matters. Coursework focuses on the legal system, collection and preservation of evidence, providing testimony, and care of victims and perpetrators of crimes. Forensic Nurses find employment in settings such as hospitals (risk management, emergency, ICU), nursing homes, detention centers, legal offices, shelters, coroner’s offices, universities, insurance companies, or as private consultants. The program starts every Fall semester.

Students who complete the MSN in Forensic Nursing have completed the educational requirements needed to take the SANE Certification exam.

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 ten years of the application deadline.

Application Instructions

  • Apply to the College of Graduate Studies; the application deadline is March 1 for the Fall semester
  • Submit official transcripts for all post-secondary education
  • Submit a 2-3 page essay identifying your population of interest; how to you plan to use your MSN degree to enhance your professional growth and development; and skills you hope to acquire during the program
  • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation
  • Resume

All application materials must be submitted to:

Cleveland State University
Application Processing Center
Office of University Registrar
1836 Euclid Avenue, UN 443
Cleveland, OH 44115

Course Sequence and Degree Planner Information

MSN Forensic Nursing Courses 

MSN Forensic Nursing Degree Planner Thesis Track

MSN Forensic Nursing Degree Planner Non-Thesis Track


Professional/Career Information

International Association of Forensic Nurses

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