Our Programs - Application Information

The UCSF School of Nursing offers programs to meet the needs and interests of a diverse student population. From our nursing entry program to our Master of Science Program, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD programs, we're here to help you advance your nursing career and change health care for the better. 

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 (or S/U) 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.

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Bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing

Master’s Entry Program in Nursing

Bachelor’s degree in nursing or am a registered nurse with a non-nursing, four-year bachelor’s degree seeking an advanced practice roll

Master of Science Degree Program
Bachelor’s degree in a health field or I am a non-clinical professional and seek a master’s in health care administration

Master of Science Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership

Bachelor’s degree in nursing and seek a doctoral degree to lead innovative research Doctoral Programs — PhD Nursing, PhD Sociology, DNP (please note you must be an APRN to be eligible for DNP)
Master’s degree in nursing and seek state certification in an additional specialty Post-Master’s Certificate Program
PhD degree in nursing Postdoctoral Studies

 

Accelerated Program: Master's Entry Program in Nursing
Applications Open: July 6, 2020 / Deadline: September 1, 2020
People getting a brief about the Accelerated Program

Launch your nursing career with our three-year accelerated program leading to a Master of Science degree in nursing. This program is designed for applicants with no previous nursing preparation, but who hold a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field.

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Accelerated Program: Master's Entry Program in Nursing
Applications Open: July 6, 2020 / Deadline: September 1, 2020
Master of Science Program
Applications Open: Aug. 1, 2020 / Deadline: Varies by specialty
Masters Program

Train for the advanced nursing roles as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwife, health policy expert, community/population health expert, administrator, teacher and consultant through our Master of Science degree program. Choose from our available specialties.

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Master of Science Program
Applications Open: Aug. 1, 2020 / Deadline: Varies by specialty

Deadline February 1, 2021*: Deadlines vary by specialty. Please contact your chosen specialty to confirm if they will accept applications after February 1, 2021.

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Statistics requirements

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Deadlines and Processes

Contacts: [email protected], [email protected] and  [email protected]

Master of Science Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership
Master of Science Healthcare Administration People

Learn from expert faculty, collaborate with interprofessional peers, contribute to your health care organization's mission and develop a network of colleagues committed to making health care accessible, affordable and sustainable.

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Master of Science Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership
Doctoral Programs
Applications Open: July 2020 for 2021 entry / Deadline: Varies by program
Doctoral Programs

Choose from three doctoral programs — the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), the PhD in Nursing and the PhD in Sociology — each with their own requirements and application deadlines.

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Doctoral Programs
Applications Open: July 2020 for 2021 entry / Deadline: Varies by program
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Applications open: July 1, 2020 for Spring 2021 entry

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2020

Admissions requirements

Statistics requirements

Curriculum

DNP Program Interest Form

Contact Maria Elena De Guzman, 415-476-7009

Contact [email protected]

Nursing PhD

Applications open: July 1, 2020

Early application deadline: December 2, 2020

Final deadline: January 4, 2021

Admissions requirements

Statistics requirements

Curriculum

Deadlines and Processes

Contact [email protected]

Sociology PhD

Applications open: October 1, 2020

Deadline: December 15, 2020

Admissions requirements

Curriculum

Deadline and Processes

Contact [email protected]

Post-Master's Certificate Program and Postdoctoral Studies
Special Studies

Specialize in a specialty area or a specific area of interest with a curriculum that will meet your needs.

In addition, the UCSF School of Nursing, in collaboration with the UC Davis and UCLA Schools of Nursing, has launched remote-access training to prepare 300 psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners over five years. Explore our new Post-Master's offering.

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Post-Master's Certificate Program and Postdoctoral Studies