Master of Science Program

Master of Science program

Our highly ranked Master of Science program prepares registered nurses to become advanced leaders in health care delivery and health equity.

We offer many specialties that allow you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to excel in the advanced practice roles of nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwife, health policy expert, community/population health expert, administrator, teacher and consultant. Whichever specialty you choose, the coursework and residencies in this two-year program will equip you with:

  • A strong knowledge base in the specialty area you choose
  • The ability to participate in research activity and the translation of research into practice
  • The ability to formulate and apply theory to nursing practice
  • The confidence and knowledge to advocate for patient and community needs, as well as critical health care issues

Explore Our Specialties

Visit the Master's Academic Overview page for detailed information on each of our specialties, including curriculum and certifications. We encourage you to consult with the faculty and specialty coordinators in your desired specialty to determine if your goals and experience are a good fit.

  Specialties That Require RN Experience Specialities That Do Not Require RN Experience
Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Nurse Specialist


Health Policy  
Population Health  



The Master of Science degree program with a focus in nursing at UCSF is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The nurse midwifery and nurse practitioner specialties are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.