Master of Science (M.S.) Program Admission Requirements

Requirements for Admission, US Students
  1. B.S.N./Transcripts. Official transcripts verifying Baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree from an NLN- or CCNE-accredited program in nursing. Nurses who have a U.S. bachelor's degree in another discipline are also eligible to apply. See the international section below for non-U.S. or non-English transcripts.

  2. Statistics. Completion within the past five years of an introductory college-level course in statistics.

  3. Proficiency in English is mandatory. All applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, http://www.toefl.org). The minimum overall TOEFL score is 84 (internet-based test); 24 is the minimum score in the speaking section, and 24 is the writing section minimum score. Consult with Nursing Student Affairs for any questions on TOEFL examinations and scoring.

  4. G.P.A. Evidence of personal qualification and capacity for graduate study as reflected in the application, references, and grade-point average (GPA, 3.0+). Past academic performance and professional activity are evaluated, e.g., community, organizational, and volunteer service, and creative professional accomplishments.

  5. Licensure. Applicants must be licensed as a registered nurse in California (or their home state of residency).

  6. Goal Statement.  Congruence of applicant's goals with the goals and resources of the School and University; a goal statement (essay) must be included with the application.

  7. Experience.  A minimum of one year work experience as a registered nurse, related to the area of specialization, is desirable. Some specialty areas may require additional experience.

  8. Computer.  Computer proficiency is required (especially word processing and internet/web skills).

Requirements for Admission, International Students
  1. B.S.N. Completion of a nursing bachelor's degree, if available in the country of origin.

  2. Transcripts. Note: non-U.S. (and/or non-English) transcripts must be submitted for evaluation, please see below for more information.

  3. G.P.A. Scholastic record comparable to that reflected by a 3.0 Grade Point Average.

  4. Statistics. Completion within the past five years of an introductory college-level course in statistics.

  5. Proficiency in English is mandatory. All applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, http://www.toefl.org). The minimum overall TOEFL score is 84 (internet-based test); 24 is the minimum score in the speaking section, and 24 is the writing section minimum score. For some applicants, IELTS scores may be accepted in lieu of TOEFL. Consult with Nursing Student Affairs for any questions on examinations and scoring.

  6. License. International students need to be licensed in their country of origin. If they are going to perform direct patient care activities locally, they will need to obtain California registered nurse licensure prior to December in their first year of study.

  7. Goal Statement. Congruence of applicant's goals with the goals and resources of the School and University; a goal statement (essay) must be included with the application.

  8. Experience.  One year of recent work experience as a registered nurse is required, related to the prospective field of study.

  9. Computer. Computer proficiency is required, (especially word processing and internet/web skills).

All admitted international students must complete additional requirements before registering and enrolling at UCSF. Detailed information will be sent from the Director of International Academic Services.

Prospective international students should also review the following pages: