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Established in 1855, USF is San Francisco’s oldest university and is consistently ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the country. The University of San Francisco is committed to being a premier Jesuit Catholic, urban university with a global perspective that educates leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world. With nearly 9,600 students enrolled both on- and off-campus, the university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others.

The Future of Nursing Leadership.

Improve the quality of your patients care and invigorate your nursing career by earning your online Master of Science in Nursing from the University of San Francisco. Gain the knowledge and confidence you’ll need to energize your health care practice and assume a leadership role in any health delivery environment.


The University of San Francisco’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Clinical Nurse Leader program combines nursing theory and clinical practice in a curriculum focused on educating extraordinary nursing leaders. You will learn to provide leadership in direct care to patients by focusing on quality improvement, patient safety, and care coordination with other health professionals.


Fully realize your leadership potential, build your career as a Clinical Nurse Leader and enhance your nursing practice by earning your Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of San Francisco.

  • Designed for Associate’s Degree (ADN) and Bachelor’s Degree (BSN) nurses, you can complete the program in as few as 2 years.
  • Focus on how to design, coordinate, evaluate and provide care from a position of leadership.
  • Complete your coursework online and perform your clinical internship in a work setting close to home, allowing you to continue excelling in your current career.
  • Benefit from small class sizes while networking and developing deep relationships with fellow students and staff.

The Financial Aid Office assists in administering student loans for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents as well as qualified non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents—international students within the framework of federal, state and institutional regulations and policies. The goal in the Financial Aid Office is to assist students make the cost of attending graduate school as financially feasible as possible, utilizing government and private resources, as a complement to student resources, to maximize the financial aid options available to students for education-related expenses. All USF students who have need for financial assistance or want to explore options for organizing their own resources to meet their educational expenses should review the information that follows and contact the One Stop Enrollment and Financial Services office.

To apply for assistance from the need-based programs administered by the Financial Aid Office, applicants (and their parents, if required) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) found on-line at www.fafsa.gov . The USF Title IV code is: 001325. The information provided by the applicant on the FAFSA is used to determine the family's expected contribution towards the applicant's cost of education and the applicant's eligibility for all Federal student grant, loan and work-study programs, and the University's need-based tuition grant and scholarship programs. In addition, the California Student Aid Commission uses the information provided to determine eligibility for awards from the Cal Grant programs for eligible California residents.

Graduate students are encouraged to search for private scholarships and, if interested in additional loan funds, review the Federal Graduate PLUS loan information and Private Loan Option list available through our Financial Aid web pages.