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

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.

*The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care specialty is closed to new Master of Science applicants for the current application cycle for Fall 2021 admission. Please note that this specialty remains open to those applying to the Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN), who may continue to select this specialty for the current application cycle that closes Sept. 1, 2020.

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

 

Health Policy  
Population Health  

COVID-19 Information for 2020-21 Applicants

Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grades

UCSF will accept pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In adopting this policy, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by UCSF to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

Online Courses

Many schools have gone to online courses during the pandemic. We will accept online courses if they are offered by the school at which the candidate was enrolled prior to the current crisis. For students who are beyond undergraduate school, we will accept online courses undertaken to meet prerequisites regardless of the institution. If you are uncertain about your specific plans, please call the Office of Student Affairs prior to enrolling in the course.

Accreditation

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.

Applications Open

Applications Open: Aug. 1, 2020/ Deadline: Varies by specialty