Cleveland State University’s (CSU) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a graduate-level nursing degree that prepares you for many possible careers in which you can work independently and collaboratively as part of interdisciplinary teams.
Our MSN offers four specializations to align with your career goals:
- MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
- MSN in Forensic Nursing
- MSN in Nursing Education
- MSN in Specialized Populations
CSU’s online MSN program is designed to prepare you with advanced knowledge and competencies, so you can expand your reach and impact as a nursing leader.
The purpose of Cleveland State’s MSN program is to:
- Offer a community-based graduate nursing curriculum that fosters health promotion and disease prevention.
- Offer a graduate nursing curriculum that emphasizes care for population groups.
- Provide a curriculum that builds on and integrates theories and concepts gained from coursework in liberal arts, the humanities and the natural, physical and behavioral sciences.
- Provide a cadre of nurses who can function effectively in a variety of professional roles to enhance the health of patients in a multicultural society.
- Prepare professional nurses for leadership positions at the local through international levels.
- Prepare graduates to advance the science of nursing through practice, education and research.
Professional Nursing Associations
These associations and reference links contain useful information and may offer career resources, including events, industry updates, and job opportunities.
- International Association of Forensic Nurses
- Former Dean, Vida Lock, discusses Forensic Nursing on About.com
Clinical Nurse Leader
- International Clinical Nurse Leader Association
- The Commission on Nurse Certification’s CNL Certification Program
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
Social workers are in demand and satisfied with their careers. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) reported a 61% increase in job postings between 2018 and 2021, with 145,459 unique job postings in 2021. So satisfied with their careers, 9 in 10 social workers would recommend a social work degree to others.
According to the CSWE, the majority of professionals with a Master of Social Work (MSW) work directly with individuals, families or groups (82%). One-third (35%) work with children and a quarter (26%) work with people experiencing mental health disorders.
Example careers for MSW graduates include:
- Agency Executive Director/Administrator
- Clinical Social Worker
- School Social Worker
- Youth Services Advocate
- Medical Social Worker
- Family Social Worker
- Substance Abuse Counselor
Professional Associations for Social Workers
These associations and reference links contain useful information and may offer career resources, including events, industry updates and job opportunities.
- National Association of Social Workers
- Clinical Social Work Association
- Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care
- School Social Work Association of America
Many people consider the field of law a prestigious career, as attorneys have an essential role in solving legal problems and pursuing justice. While this profession requires substantial education and training, lawyers often enjoy personal, professional and financial fulfillment. Understanding the career outlook and salary expectations in the legal field can help you decide whether a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree is right for you.
Some types of organizations have a greater need for lawyers than others. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists areas that may experience the highest rates of employment for lawyers between now and 2030. They include:
Most lawyers work in independent law firms. Recent graduates often find jobs as associates, which are entry-level attorneys. As they gain experience, they can pursue more advanced roles, such as a senior associate or partner.
In-house legal departments
The BLS noted that many large companies are creating legal departments and hiring in-house counsel instead of hiring lawyers at outside firms. This may allow companies to reduce costs and make it easier to streamline their legal processes. Here are some organizations that often hire in-house lawyers:
- Financial and insurance companies
Lawyers who work in legal departments at financial and insurance companies may assist clients in negotiating contracts and ensure the companies follow regulations.
- Consulting firms
Consulting firms may hire in-house lawyers to manage their contracts with clients and serve as members of their clients' legal departments.
- Health care organizations
The healthcare field requires professionals to adhere to a range of industry standards and laws regarding medical care, so many organizations hire in-house lawyers to ensure their compliance.
Many government agencies hire lawyers to help them manage and implement legal policies, handle individual cases or advocate for specific legislation. Lawyers in this field often work in court systems, where they serve as prosecutors or defense attorneys for a local jurisdiction or a state or federal government. These attorneys handle civil and criminal cases on behalf of the government.
Salary and Employment Outlook
The BLS reported that the projected job growth for lawyers is 10% through 2031, which is higher than the average for all occupations. This percentage translates to about 49,000 projected job openings each year, on average. The median annual wage for lawyers was $127,900 in 2021.
The top industries in which they worked were as follows:
*Excluding education and hospitals
As a graduate of the CSU College of Law, you will be well-prepared to practice as an attorney, having studied and practiced these themes within the J.D. program.
Core Legal Concepts
Study the applications of substantive and procedural law to build a framework for law practice.
- Identify the processes by which the law develops and changes and the processes by which legal rights and duties are enforced.
- Understand the similarities, differences and interrelationships among and between United States federal, state and local legal systems.
- Connect legal concepts across the curriculum.
- Identify, articulate and explain legal rules.
- Find, categorize, evaluate and distinguish sources of legal authority.
Legal Research, Analysis and Problem-Solving
Learn key skills to inform your practice through real-world legal analysis, research and strategic problem-solving.
- Construct and implement efficient, cost-effective research strategies, demonstrating an understanding of the importance of confirming and validating information.
- Critically evaluate the quality of the legal information consulted and apply information effectively and ethically to resolve a specific issue or need.
- Apply all relevant legal rules to specific factual situations and appropriately predict outcomes by identifying legal issues and assessing the validity of legal arguments.
Professional Competencies for Ethical Practice
Develop the skills to communicate effectively with different audiences and reflect professionalism as an ethical practitioner.
- Demonstrate written and oral communication at a professional level appropriate to the context.
- Communicate legal analysis to different audiences for different purposes.
- Draft objective, persuasive and transactional documents.
- Identify, analyze and resolve ethical dilemmas in clinical and simulated practice settings.
- Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of legal work.
The American Bar Association is the most highly regarded resource for lawyers and attorneys. It contains useful information about membership and advocacy and may offer career resources, including events, industry updates and job opportunities.
For students living in Ohio, the Ohio State Bar Association is another helpful resource.