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What are the Deadlines and Application Schedule for MEPN?

The annual deadline for MEPN application submission is September 1st.† The actual enforced deadline date and time may vary due to weekends and holidays. CAUTION: deadlines are enforced according to local California ("Pacific Daylight") time. Make sure to allow for computer problems, internet congestion, etc., and do not leave work pending in the last few hours before the deadline.

Applicants to our Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) should understand that the process of applying begins one year prior to their first enrollment in the program.

Each year, the on-line (web) application system is opened in July; it stays open for two months and closes at 11:59 p.m. in the evening of August 31st/Sept. 1st.† Those students whose applications which are collected during this period and who pass screening, will begin their UCSF coursework in the following June.  

Starting Your Application

Once our on-line (web) application system is open, you begin by creating your own account with us, using your personal email address as your user name.  You may log in as many time as necessary to add information and upload materials to your application file, and, after the deadline you may also continue using your account to check the status of your application through the screening period.

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MEPN Program Overview


Whether or not the on-line system has yet opened, it is wise to begin preparations for the application as early as possible.

For example, prerequisite courses should be completed and graded PRIOR to the application deadline.   These prerequisite courses are in the subjects of statistics, psychology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and nutrition, for a total of six prerequisite course requirements. Many of our applicants have completed these courses as part of their baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree, others will need to look at supplemental work at, perhaps, a local community college.

Another process which can be started before on-line applications are open is to select your four recommenders (reference writers).  We ask your recommenders to either (1) complete a simple on-line questionnaire, or (2) submit --in PDF format-- a traditional letter of reference.  In either case, we ask the recommender to describe how they know you, describe your leadership abilities, abilties to work with diverse populations, and work competence.  We also ask for a general (one to six) overall rating.  For each recommender we need their name, email address, location, and institutional affiliation. 

You will be asked to document your work experience and any volunteer history you may have.   Your up-to-date résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) is helpful in this process. Summarize each position and duties in a sentence or two.


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test ( is required.  If your first language is NOT English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, is also required.

Test scores cannot be used if they are more than five years old. Note that test scores may take several weeks to reach UCSF. Make sure that you have scheduled necessary tests in plenty of time for your scores to be counted with your application during screening. You will NOT be admitted unless valid official scores have been received by the University in time. Ask the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to submit your GRE scores to UCSF School of Nursing, institutional code R-4840 and department code 0610. If you can provide us with your ETS registration number this will assist us to match your scores to your application materials. If your test scores and/or transcripts were recorded with a prior name or former name, please let us know this information via

Goal Statement

A well-written goal statement is an essential component of a competitive application.

Your essay should be as specific as possible and focus on your understanding of the nursing profession, your personal goals as a nurse and how you envision these goals can be achieved through study at UCSF. This goal statement is about two double-spaced typewritten pages in length; please remember to include your own name at the top of both pages. We also recommend that you ask another person to proof-read your goal statement before submission.

Your statement must be submitted to us in PDF format; your word processing software should offer a "save as PDF" option, or your system should have a "print as PDF" choice.  Make sure you have mastered the PDF-making process before you need to use it!


Official transcripts (two copies) showing your baccalaureate/bachelor's degree and completion of your prerequisite coursework must be submitted to the Nursing Student Affairs Office directly from the institution.   If the transcripts are not in English or are not from a US institution, they must be translated and/or evaluated by a competent service such as (World Evaluation Services), for example. 

Our Mailing Address

US Postal Service, Badge

Although much of your application materials are submitted on-line, some original documents (such as transcripts) must be mailed to our postal address:

  • Nursing Student Affairs Office
    UCSF Box 0602
    2 Koret Way, #N-319X
    San Francisco, CA 94143-0602

Official Transcripts must be mailed directly to UCSF by the registrar (or equivalent officer) of the institution.

Screening Schedule and Application Processing Status

No Telephone Calls Please

Because of the high volume and limited review time for the hundreds of applications we receive each year, we ask that you REFRAIN FROM TELEPHONING the Student Affairs Office for status information on your (submitted) application.

  • By visiting the web site, you will have access to a display showing your application information and a listing of required supplementary materials to be mailed.
  • MEPN applicants: after the September 1st submission deadline, we will review the required components of each individual application.
  • After the deadlines, for applicants with locked applications and paid fees, but with some incomplete supporting documentation (e.g., a missing transcript), we will allow a brief period during which you may forward the remaining necessary materials.

Questions about your application may be submitted to (email).

In late January, selected applicants who have pass initial review and complied with all submission requirements may be invited for an in-person interview at our San Francisco campus. 

After interview and final evaluation is completed, successful applicants will be notified of their admission and asked to verify their acceptance.

Remember that the MEPN program will begin classes in mid-June.

† In some years, the September 1st deadline may fall on a weekend or on a holiday, the deadline MAY be enforced on the following regular weekday.  See web site for details.