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

Requirements for Admission, US Students
  1. 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 international section below for non-U.S. or non-English transcripts.

  2. Licensure as a registered nurse in California (or home state of residency).

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Congruence of applicant's goals with the goals and resources of the School and University.

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

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

  2. Note: non-U.S. (and/or non-English) transcripts must be submitted for evaluation, please refer to the MS Application Process web page for more information.

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

  4. 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. Consult with Nursing Student Affairs for any questions on TOEFL examinations and scoring.

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

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

All admitted international students must attend the Orientation for Incoming International Students. Detailed information will be sent from the Director of International Academic Services.

Prospective international doctoral students should also review the following information:

Admission Deadlines

Priority Deadline. The priority application deadline for the UCSF Master of Science (M.S.) program is February 1st. Some specialty areas may consider applications received after the Feb. 1st deadline, on a space-available basis only.

Early Deadline. Applicants needing an early decision, e.g., Military, may complete and submit their applications by Nov. 1st.

Final Deadline. Applications submitted after June 1st will not be reviewed.

Ready for Review. Applicant records will not be reviewed until necessary documentation and required transcripts have been received. Applicants are expected to return to their application's web page to see status updates and progress in recording necessary materials. Remember that certain specialty areas are highly competitive, and available space in these areas may be quickly exhausted following the Feb. 1st deadline.