Requirements & Programs

Our School is interested in diverse individuals who bring varied perspectives and fresh ideas to our campus. Students should expect to receive attentive mentorship and rigorous coursework to prepare them for leadership roles in patient care, research, health policy, and academia. The Admissions Committee reviews each application carefully focusing on exams, goal statements, letters of recommendation academic records, and outside experience.

Please visit the UCSF Financial Aid Office to learn more about the requirements for maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress for the School of Nursing. 

Program Overviews

This brief overview of the degree programs we offer will help you find where you belong. See which options offer the best fit for you.

Master of Science (MS) Program

For experienced registered nurses with bachelor's degrees in nursing or related fields, who seek preparation for advanced practice as a clinical specialist, nurse practitioner, educator, nurse midwife, administrator, health policy specialist, or consultant. For more information please click here.

ADN to Masters Pathway Program

For registered nurses with an Associate Degree, who have not previously earned a Bachelor's degree in any field. The program offers a baccalaureate degree so that applicants can meet the qualifications for entry into our Master of Science Program (above). Students may choose to stop at the baccalaureate level or continue on to earn a Master of Science degree in a pre-selected specialty focus. For more information, please click here.

Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN)

For non-nurses with bachelor's/baccalaureate degrees, seeking to enter the nursing profession. For more information, please click here.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program, Nursing

A research-focused program for nurses whose career aspirations include clinical research, teaching, or faculty research positions. For more information, please click here.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program, Sociology

For those interested in advanced studies in sociology and the social psychology of health and illness and health care policy and institutions; open to students with a bachelors or masters in sociology or a related field. For more information, please click here.

 

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

A practice-focused program for nurses whose career aspirations include advanced clinical and leadership positions. For more information, please click here.

 

Post-Masters, Post-Doctoral, and Special Studies

For those not seeking a degree-oriented curriculum, who wish specific role preparation or experience. Please click here and see the Special Studies options.

MS-HAIL
For information on the UCSF (Online) Master of Science Healthcare Administration and Inter-Professional Leadership Program, please click here.