Deadlines and Process


Each year, the application cycle for the MEPN program opens in July and closes in September. Applications will be accepted starting July 6, 2020. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on September 1, 2020 (Pacific Time).

Application Review Policies and Process

After the September application deadline, the Office of Student Affairs will review each application. Applicants should review their online account status after the September deadline to ensure all required components have been received. Applicants whose application packets are missing required materials, are ordinarily allowed a brief period after the submission deadline to forward any remaining necessary materials.

Please note: We are currently processing a high volume of transcripts. If you have uploaded transcripts to your online application and completed all other parts of the application, this will suffice to have your application processed and screened. Please be sure that your transcripts are legible and accurate. Your official transcripts will be uploaded to your application and used for verification purposes. The Office of Student Affairs will contact you if further documentation is needed. 

If you are having difficulty completing your online application due to connectivity issues resulting from an emergency disaster such as a wildfire or hurricane, please contact both Sergio Saenz and Steven Johnson (415-476-3876). An application extension may be granted in certain circumstances.

You can check the status of your application by returning to the online application system and signing into your account. Because of the high volume of MEPN applications received by the Office of Student Affairs, we ask that you avoid telephoning our office to check the status of your submitted application. If you have questions, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Plan ahead in advance of the September application deadline. Like any web resource, temporary problems may interfere with your access to our servers. Allow enough advance time before deadlines to ensure your application is fully completed. 

Once the Office of Student Affairs completes its review of all applications, here are the next steps:

  • Invitations to interview and initial "deny" letters typically are dispatched in the second week of December. Be sure that we have your correct contact information and address for these important messages.
  • In-person interviews are required and held on the final two Fridays in January.
  • The final admit and deny letters are typically sent in the third or fourth week of February.
  • Student orientation is usually held in the first or second week of June, just before class instruction begins.
  • Remember to complete your official records and pay fees in advance for your first MEPN registration to begin your studies in June, during the UCSF "Summer Term."
  • Be sure to review the Office of the Registrar’s “New Students” webpage for more information about registration and enrollment.

    Important Notice to Undocumented Individuals & Potential Applicants

    The UCSF School of Nursing welcomes applications for admission to the MEPN program from undocumented individuals, such as those who qualify under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and/or AB540. Please visit the UCSF and UCOP websites for more information as well as the UC Principles of Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community.

    The California Board of Registered Nursing now accepts both Social Security Numbers as well as Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers. Undocumented students must be willing to obtain an ITIN or SSN to take the licensure exam (RN-NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse, as well as go through the DACA work permit process. No other identifying information is accepted. Licensure is required for students to matriculate from the first year of study in MEPN to the second and third years of the program, by state law.