Deadlines and Process

For information about our Nursing PhD curriculum, please visit the PhD Academics Overview page.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the Nursing PhD program open July 1, 2019 for admission in the fall quarter of the 2020-21 academic year. Visit https://gradapplication.ucsf.edu to create and monitor the progress of your application.

Applications completed by the December 1, 2019 deadline will have preference for admission and scholarship funding. Screening of completed applications begins immediately after this December deadline.

Applications that are completed, locked and paid by the December deadline may be further finalized with any missing documentation from third parties (i.e. letters of recommendation, test scores, and transcript) and received at the School of Nursing's Student Affairs Office by the January 2, 2020 final deadline.

The School of Nursing reserves the right to process and admit applicants after the published deadlines.

Doctoral (PhD - Nursing) Admissions Schedule
Action or Activity 2020 Cycle
Web Application Opens - https://gradapplication.ucsf.edu July 1, 2019
Application Deadline Dec. 2, 2019
Screening Begins December 2019
Final Deadline Jan. 2, 2020
Classes Begin September 2020

Getting Started: Engaging a Faculty Member

It is important that the research interests of the applicant match the expertise of faculty in the School of Nursing and you will be asked to identify that faculty member in your application. To identify at least one faculty member who shares a similar research focus, visit UCSF Profiles and in the search tool, enter your research topic and select the School of Nursing. The Student Affairs Office can also supply names of faculty with academic interests in specific areas. We recommend interested applicants contact faculty to discuss their interests in doctoral study, and ask questions before submitting an application.

Ordering Official Transcript/Non-U.S. Transcript Evaluation

In your application, identify each post-secondary (after high school) institution you have attended. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your application for screening purposes, but an official transcript is preferred for review. If you are accepted into the program, UCSF must receive an official (sealed) transcript before enrollment. One official original transcript from each college, university, and nursing school attended must be sent directly to the Office of Student Affairs:

Office of Student Affairs, PhD-N 2020
2 Koret Way #N-319X
UCSF Box 0602
San Francisco CA 94143-0602      USA

A preliminary transcript should show coursework in progress. If necessary and/or appropriate, a transcript may be individually downloaded (as a PDF) from a password-protected web site, should this be the policy of your institution.

Application Components and Documentation

You can sign in and out of your UCSF application as many times as you may need to as you complete each part of your application. You can check your progress on the application overview page. Green check-mark symbols indicate completed sections. We advise you to plan ahead and ensure all sections have the indicative green check-mark at least two days before the deadline.

We suggest you keep a copy of each draft as you are developing your CV/resume, and your goal statement. We recommend that you ask another person to proofread your statement. A well-written statement of purpose is an essential component of a successful application.

All required documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

Finalizing/"Locking" Your Application

When you are confident your materials are complete, final, and ready to be reviewed, please "lock" your application, which marks it as ready for review by our faculty. Unlocking your application to revise a submitted application is not permitted after the deadline has passed. Please note that fee payment is required before your application will be reviewed.

Admissions Notification

You can review your application status on the application website, both before and after, the final submission deadline.

Applicants will be contacted individually if the screening committee chooses to perform an interview.

When admissions decisions have been made, you will receive an email notification from the application system that there has been a change in your admission status. Admitted Nursing PhD students will have until April 15 to accept or decline our offer of admission and financial support.