UCSF School of Nursing is a collection of dedicated nurse scientists, clinicians, students, and staff who share a common drive to make the world a better place by advancing health and the human condition. Care and compassion are as critical as science and discovery in fulfilling our mission to drive change, and make a difference for individual patients and whole populations.
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.
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Accelerated Program Applicants
The Master's Entry Program in Nursing is for applicants without previous nursing preparation but who hold a bachelor's degree in another field.
Master of Science Program Applicants
The Master of Science program prepares leaders in the advanced practice roles of nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwife, health policy expert, administrator, teacher, and consultant. All master’s applicants should check their specialty of interest to see if it has any additional requirements. Post-Master’s students apply directly through the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Nursing.
An online degree program designed for professionals who are committed to shaping healthcare systems that improve access, affordability, quality and safety.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Nursing Applicants
A research-focused program for nurses whose career aspirations include clinical research, teaching, or faculty research positions. We are highly engaged with our doctoral applicants, and may require an interview for qualified candidates.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Sociology Applicants
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.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Applicants
A practice-focused program for nurses whose career aspirations include advanced clinical and leadership positions.
Special Studies Applicants
For those not seeking a degree-oriented curriculum, who wish specific role preparation or experience. For applicants interested in special studies, please apply directly through the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Nursing.