The Post-Master’s certificate program is a special studies program for Master’s prepared nurses pursuing state certification in a specialty area, or, seeking a program of study that may lead to a change in role (e.g., a CNL or CNS seeking an NP specialization certificate).

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

The curriculum meets state and national credentialing requirements, and provides a certificate upon completion. Also, successful students are eligible to apply for national certification examinations.

Specialty Area Choices and Requirements

For Post-Master's students, MS Specialty Area choices become available on a year-to-year basis, depending on faculty and funding resources. For details on which MS specialty areas are offering post-master's options, and supplemental specialty-specific details and requirements, please review either of the following documents (PDF or Microsoft Word formats).

Additional details may be found in the specialty areas section of the MS Academic Overview webpage

General Requirements

Applicants must have completed and received a Master of Science degree in the discipline of 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.)

See below for pre-enrollment requirements including background check and immunizations.



The Post-Masters Certificate Program does not have a single separate curriculum. Please view each MS Specialty Area's information as appropriate, for details about specific courses and curricula requirements.

The average time commitment is 4 - 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 - 2 days each week. Students are not required to find their own clinical placements.

Post-Master's programs cannot be taken through on-line or distance learning options.


For post-masters students the resident/in-state tuition (and the out of state tuition) is currently $8,878 for each quarter (summer, fall, winter, or spring).







Instructional Fee

  $ 27,056   

  $ 6,764

  $ 6,764   

  $ 6,764   

  $ 6,764   

Admin Student Services Fee

  $ 8,456

  $ 2,114

  $ 2,114

  $ 2,114

  $ 2,114


  $ 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.

Tax Reporting, Form 1098-T

The University of California has contracted with the Tax Credit Reporting Service (TCRS) to electronically produce your IRS Form 1098-T Tuition Statement. Your IRS Form 1098-T Tuition Statement is made available online in an electronic format.

To obtain your form please go to and select the "Access My Record" option. You will be required to log in to a secure portion of the web site to access your individual 1098-T information using your student ID or Social Security Number. From your student record page you will be able to print the form by selecting "View My 1098-T Tax Form" and choosing print.

If assistance is required for accessing your record please call 877-467-3821.

The IRS Form 1098-T Tuition Statement is used to assist the taxpayer in determining eligibility for an educational tax credit and/or deduction.

Background Check and Immunization Requirements

Post-Master's students must document their immunizations and testing, carry professional liability insurance, and complete a Criminal Background Check prior to their first clinical experience. Details will be provided after acceptance.

Post-Master's Admission Process

February 1 is the standard due date for filing applications. Only those applications submitted and complete with all supplemental information by the applicable deadline will be reviewed by faculty. Availability and capacity will differ between specialty areas and will fluctuate from one year to the next. Several specialty areas may review applications submitted beyond the due date, so check the applicable specialty area webpage for additional information. Do not assume that your preferred specialty area will remain open if your application is still incomplete as of February 1. (In years when February 1 is a Saturday or a Sunday, the deadline is enforced on the following Monday.)

Application Deadline has been extended for the following programs for Fall 2019 Enrollment:

February 1 — Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
February 1 — Family Nurse Practitioner
February 1 — Certified Nurse Midwife/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
February 28 — Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
April 1 — Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
February 15 — Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
April 30 — Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
April 30 — Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
May 1 — AGPCNP - Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing
May 1 — Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
May 15 — Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
June 1 — Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
July 1 — Advanced Public Health Nursing
September 7 — Health Policy

Available space in for Post-Masters students varies among specialty areas, some areas have more space than others, and some areas are not open for Post-MS applicants.

From among the various choices being offered, those applicants seeking admission to the Family NP (FNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP), Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP (AG ACNP), Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG CNS), Nurse Midwifery / Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (CNM/WHNP), Acute Care Pediatric NP (ACPNP), Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (NEO-CNS), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) or Pediatric NP (PNP) specialty areas should make a particular effort to meet the February 1 deadline.

It is likely that many or all of those specialty areas listed above will fill their available slots immediately after the regular deadline. It is possible that some new applications will be accepted after February 1—only by those specialties which still have available space. Some specialty programs may include an interview as part of the application process, either in person or by phone.

Individuals admitted or accepted to one specialty area's Post-MS program will not be allowed to “transfer" or "change” to another specialty area.

Application Procedure

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Academic Programs Sandra Le or call (415) 476-2595. At this time, the online "regular" MS application should not be used for Post-MS applications.