Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) Admission Requirements

The University of California, San Francisco’s School of Nursing takes great pride in being a national leader in nursing, and as such, continuously reviews our educational programs for quality and consistency to national requirements. Currently, we are reviewing all of our professional nursing degree programs (Master’s-Entry in Nursing, Master of Science program including the Post-Master’s certificate program, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice) to ensure that they meet required and anticipated regulatory changes.

During this period of review, there is no application period for our Master's Entry Program in Nursing in fall 2022. If you would like to be notified when new program information is available, please complete our brief interest form


Please read through our admissions requirements carefully, and review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for greater detail.


All prerequisite courses must be completed with a passing grade by the application deadline. Only the Statistics prerequisite has a recency requirement, details below.

Important note regarding COVID-19 impact: Online courses and labs from accredited institutions may be taken to meet prerequisite course requirements for the 2020 application cycle due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Preferred online lab formats are synchronous instructor-led labs or participation in a virtual lab.

  • Completion of intro- or higher-level courses with passing grades and worth at least two semester units or three quarter units in each of the following:
    1. Microbiology, with a lab component
    2. Physiology, with a lab component
    3. Anatomy, with a lab component: Combined anatomy and physiology courses are acceptable as long as they comprise a comprehensive systems overview totaling at least four semester units or six quarter units.
    4. Psychology
    5. Nutrition
    6. Statistics: Course completion at college-level within three years of UCSF application date. For example, for the September 2021 deadline, statistics must be from no earlier than summer 2018. Transcript must reflect statistics course grade and credits earned at an accredited college, university, or online institution. See our FAQ on Statistics for more information.

If you have questions about our prerequisites requirement, you can contact [email protected] in the Office of Student Affairs. Be aware that in your application, this list above is recorded as nine prerequisite courses: six subject areas and three labs. If your institution combines labs and lecture in the same course number, enter the same course information again. Until all nine prerequisite course fields are completed, your application cannot be locked for submission.

Bachelor’s Degree and GPA

  • Completion in a general discipline other than nursing with a minimum 3.0 GPA and conferred no later than the application deadline, as verified by an official transcript.
  • Program applicants who would like to request a waiver of the GPA admission requirement must complete this form and submit it in the "Additional Information" section of the application.
  • Caution: Certain highly-specialized bachelor's degrees (e.g., BArch, BEng, BFA, BMus) may not meet UCSF general education requirements. See Specialized Bachelor’s Degrees for details.


The GRE is not an admissions requirement for the MEPN program.

Official Transcripts

Applicants are required to upload a transcript — unofficial or official transcript — to the application portal for review purposes. If you are offered admission to a program in the School of Nursing, you will be required to submit an official transcript via electronic transmission from the institution to the School of Nursing at [email protected] or mailed directly from the institution to the School of Nursing in a sealed envelope to:

Office of Student Affairs
UCSF School of Nursing
Box 0604
2 Koret Way, Suite 319X
San Francisco, CA 94143-0604

Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, including any programs in which you are currently enrolled, are required. Failure to disclose all institutions attended, including any concurrent enrollments, may result in retraction of admission and/or dismissal from the program. The Office of Student Affairs will contact you if further documentation is needed.

What is an official transcript?

To complete the admission process, newly matriculated students are required to provide proof of a qualifying academic credential. This is done by supplying the School of Nursing with an official transcript from the institution of higher learning that conferred the qualifying degree (typically a BA, BS, or MS, depending on the program). Note that the qualifying degree must reflect a conferral date that is prior to the student's admission date to UCSF.

Official transcripts are issued by a college or university's Office of the Registrar. They are normally received directly from that office without passing through the student's hands. Transcripts received directly from students can be accepted, provided they are in a sealed envelope with the institution’s seal and any other security features intact. Electronic transcripts are considered official when received from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution or a vendor that has contracted with the institution. Major vendors include Parchment, Credential Solutions and the National Student Clearinghouse.

Records received in any other condition, such as transcripts that arrive in an unsealed envelope, copies printed from a university portal, or documents that are emailed or uploaded by the student, are not considered official transcripts. Non-official transcripts are accepted as part of the application process, but an official transcript, as described above, must be obtained by the university before the end of the first quarter after matriculation.

Non-English transcripts: All non-English transcripts must be translated by a certified translator for evaluation. Non-U.S. transcripts must be submitted for evaluation.

Applicants may send their transcripts and credentials to any evaluation agency which requires submission of original transcripts and/or certificates directly from the education institution to the evaluation agency. The purpose of the evaluation is to verify that your degree/coursework is the equivalent to that of a U.S. bachelor or master's degree.

Be sure to request an evaluation that provides the following:

  • Lists all subjects/courses completed at the post-secondary level
  • Provides a U.S. term credit and grade equivalent for each course
  • Provides a U.S. grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, and
  • Designates the level (upper or lower) of each undergraduate course

Matriculants from most foreign institutions must also provide a credential evaluation. The service provider that has been approved by the Graduate Division is World Education Services ((415) 677-9378; (212) 966-6311;

Application difficulties: 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 Recruitment Director Sergio Saenz and [email protected]. An application extension may be granted in certain circumstances.

Prerequisite courses: All courses must be completed and transcripts uploaded to the application or received by our office no later than the Sept. 10, 2021 application deadline.

Applications will not be considered complete until all educational institutions listed have corresponding transcripts uploaded to the application or mailed to our office.

Goal Statement

Your goal statement is a critically important part of your application. It should be about two double-spaced typewritten pages, and submitted through the UCSF web application system. Please be as clear and precise as possible, and include your name at the top. Your goal statement should include the following information:

  • Your understanding of the nursing profession
  • Reasons for seeking advanced specialty preparation as part of a nursing program
  • Reasons for choosing the specific specialty area you seek
  • What you believe your previous academic and life experience will bring to the nursing profession
  • Your goals upon completion of the program
  • Any additional information you believe relevant to the admissions decision

Personal History Statement

Discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include any educational, cultural, economic, family or social experiences, challenges or opportunities that are relevant to your academic journey. It should be no longer than two double-spaced typewritten pages in length.


Nominate four to five recommenders who can assess your performance and judgment in the area of study.

  • All recommendations should be from individuals—not relatives—who are acquainted with the applicant's work or community experience.
  • Recommendations should address the following areas: [a] relationships with work (paid or voluntary) associates, [b] work competence, [c] communication and interpersonal skills with persons of diverse backgrounds, [d] leadership skills or potential, and [e] values, ethical standards, responsibility, and initiative.
  • Recommenders are also asked for an overall rating (from zero to six) of the applicant.
  • Each identified recommender receives at least one email (repeated if necessary) asking for their written recommendation. This email specifies a private web site for that recommender, to be used to submit/upload their letter/recommendation in PDF format.
  • With this system, applicants can verify when each of their specified recommenders has actually responded and which recommenders may still require a follow-up email request.


  • Evidence of personal qualification and capacity for graduate study, as reflected in the application, goal statement, references, and baccalaureate GPA. Past academic performance and professional activity are evaluated (e.g., community, organizational, and volunteer service, and creative professional accomplishments).

State Licensure

In addition to UCSF prerequisite courses, listed above, the California Board of Registered Nursing licensure application requires specific minimum coursework.

  • For the RN, students must have completed 24.0 quarter units of natural, behavioral, and social science coursework, including a course in psychology, and 6.0 quarter units of communications, part of which must focus on basic English writing skills.
  • Note: Ordinarily these state requirements have already been met during the student's bachelor's degree studies.

International applicants

English proficiency for non-native English speakers as verified by one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – minimum total score of 92 with a minimum score of 24 in both the speaking and writing sections. To report your scores, use UCSF institutional code 4840 and department code 43.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – minimum score of 7. This should be mailed to the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Note: Test scores may take up to six weeks to reach the university.

Please refer to our FAQs for more details. Prospective international students should also review the following resources