Post-Master’s Certificate Program

Students

Continue expanding your nursing skills with a Post-Master's Certificate in the specialty area of your choice.

Our Post-Master’s Certificate Program enables nurses with a master's degree in nursing to pursue state certification in an additional specialty area, or seek a program of study that may lead to a change in role (e.g., a CNL or CNS seeking an NP specialization certificate). You'll receive a certificate upon completion and will be eligible to apply for national certification examinations.

Choosing A Specialty Area

We offer Post-Master's options for specialized study as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or health policy specialist.

MS specialties become available on a year-to-year basis, depending on faculty and funding resources. For details on which MS specialties offer Post-Master's options and for specialty-specific details and requirements, visit our Master of Science Program Academic Overview webpage.

You may also contact the coordinator for the specialty you're interested in if you have questions.

Requirements

Applicants must have completed and received a Master of Science degree in Nursing, typically MS, MSN or MN.

If accepted, applicants must be licensed by the state Board of Registered Nursing and their nursing license must be recognized as valid for practice within the State of California during the complete course of study. (If your RN is from another U.S. state, or from Canada, you may qualify for Licensure by Endorsement by the BRN.)

Additional Requirements Include:

  • Official Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, including any programs in which you are currently enrolled
  • Goal statement
  • Minimum of 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • English proficiency for non-native speakers (Minimum TOEFL score of 92, minimum ILTS score of 7)

Curriculum and Time Needed to Earn A Certificate

The Post-Master's program does not have a single separate curriculum. Each MS specialty's webpage carries information about specific courses and curricula requirements. The specialty coordinator and/or specialty advisor will work with each student on a gap analysis to determine what specific curricular requirements are required for successful completion of the individual program. 

The average time commitment is 4 to 8 quarters, depending on the specialty area selected. Students are typically required to attend classes at UCSF an average of two days each week and attend clinical a minimum of 1 to 2 days each week. Post-Masters students need to be enrolled in a minimum of 3 quarters to fulfill the residency requirement to receive a Post-Masters certificate. Students are not required to find their own clinical placements.

Tuition

The in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition for academic year 2018-2019 is currently $8,878 for each quarter (summer, fall, winter or spring).

 

  Annual

  Summer

  Fall

  Winter

  Spring

Post-Master's Fee

  $ 35,512

  $ 8,878

  $ 8,878

  $ 8,878

  $ 8,878

 

Fees subject to change without notice

Financial aid opportunities are available to post-master's students. The fee reduction policy for UCSF employees is not applicable to the Post-Master’s Certificate Program.

Application Deadlines

Deadline
The deadline for completed and locked applications, with transcripts and all recommendations included, is February 3, 2020. 

*Deadlines vary by specialty. If you plan to apply after the February 3, 2020 deadline, please first confirm that the specialty you have chosen is still accepting new applications. Availability and capacity differs among the specialty areas.

The School of Nursing reserves the right to process and admit applicants after the published deadlines.

How to Apply

The online application for the Post-Masters program for the 2020-2021 academic year is now open! Visit the UCSF Graduate Division application portal to create and monitor the progress of your application. 

Application Process
Applicants can sign in and out of the UCSF application system as many times as necessary while completing their application. You can check your progress on the application overview page. Green check-mark symbols indicate completed sections. We encourage you to plan ahead and ensure all sections have the indicative green check-mark at least two days before the deadline.

An interview may be required by the faculty within the specialty track involved in screening MS applicants. When admissions decisions have been made, you will receive an email notification from the application system that there has been a change in your admission status. If you receive an offer of admission, you will have two weeks from the date of notification to accept or decline the offer of admission.