Our highly ranked Master of Science program prepares registered nurses to become advanced leaders in health care delivery and health equity.
We offer 15 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, 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 Masters Academic Overview page for detailed information on each of our specialties, including our curriculum and minors. 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 following specialties require RN experience:
- Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP) — one year acute care pediatric nursing experience
- Neonatal Nursing (NNP/NEO-CNS) — two years of acute care nursing experience with infants/neonates
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) — two years of experience and intention to work as APN in primary care
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) — one year pediatric nursing experience and two years’ or more is highly recommended
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) — two years of adult acute care nursing experience
- Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS, AGCNS-ONC, AGCNS-CCT) — one year or more of relevant clinical experience
The following specialities do not require RN experience:
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner-Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (AGPCNP-OEH)
- Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN)
- Certified Nurse-Midwife/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (CNM/WHNP)
- Health Policy Nursing
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
The Master's degree program in Nursing at UCSF is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The nurse midwifery and nurse practitioner specialties are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.