The Post-Master’s certificate program is a special studies program for Master’s prepared nurses pursuing state certification in a specialty area, or, seeking a program of study that may lead to a change in role (e.g., a CNL or CNS seeking an NP specialization certificate).

We offer Post-Master's options for specialized study as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, or health policy specialist.

The curriculum meets state and national credentialing requirements, and provides a certificate upon completion. Also, successful students are eligible to apply for national certification examinations.

Specialty Area Choices and Requirements

For Post-Master's students, MS Specialty Area choices become available on a year-to-year basis, depending on faculty and funding resources. For details on which MS specialty areas are offering post-master's options, and supplemental specialty-specific details and requirements, please review either of the following documents (PDF or Microsoft Word formats).

Additional details may be found at the general page of your selected specialty area, use the list of links on the right side of this web page.

General Requirements

Applicants must have completed and received a Master of Science degree in the discipline of Nursing, typically MS, MSN, or MN.

If accepted, applicants must be licensed by the state Board of Registered Nursing and their nursing license must be recognized as valid for practice within the State of California during the complete course of study. (If your RN is from another U.S. state, or from Canada, you may qualify for Licensure by Endorsement by the BRN.)

See below for pre-enrollment requirements including background check and immunizations.


The Post-Masters Certificate Program does not have a single separate curriculum. Please view each MS Specialty Area's information as appropriate, for details about specific courses and curricula requirements.

The average time commitment is 4 - 8 quarters, depending on the specialty area selected. Students are typically required to attend classes at UCSF an average of two days each week and attend clinical a minimum of 1 - 2 days each week. Students are not required to find their own clinical placements.

Post-Master's programs cannot be taken through on-line or distance learning options.


For post-masters students the resident/in-state tuition (and the out of state tuition) is currently $8,455 for each quarter (summer, fall, winter, or spring).
All fees are subject to change without notice.
Financial aid opportunities are available to post-master's students. The fee reduction policy for UCSF employees is not applicable to the Post-Master’s certificate program.

Background Check and Immunization Requirements

Post-Master's students must document their immunizations and testing, carry professional liability insurance, and complete a Criminal Background Check prior to their first clinical experience. Details will be provided after acceptance.

Post-Master's Admission Process

Our online process for reviewing Post-Master's applications is explained on the Post-Master's Admissions Process web page.

Tax Reporting, Form 1098-T

The University of California has contracted with the Tax Credit Reporting Service (TCRS) to electronically produce your IRS Form 1098-T Tuition Statement. Your IRS Form 1098-T Tuition Statement is made available online in an electronic format.

To obtain your form please go to and select the "Access My Record" option. You will be required to log in to a secure portion of the web site to access your individual 1098-T information using your student ID or Social Security Number. From your student record page you will be able to print the form by selecting "View My 1098-T Tax Form" and choosing print.

If assistance is required for accessing your record please call 877-467-3821.

The IRS Form 1098-T Tuition Statement is used to assist the taxpayer in determining eligibility for an educational tax credit and/or deduction.