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For those with a Bachelor's degree*, a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale verified by official transcripts.
For those with a Master’s degree, a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale verified by official transcripts.
Uploaded to your application or mailed to the Office of Student Affairs in an official, stamped envelope.
Note for courses still in progress at time application: unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your application. However, official transcripts are required for final admission if you are accepted.
The School of Nursing requires all applicants who have completed degrees and/or coursework outside of the United States to submit their transcripts for validation and evaluation before they may be considered for admission.
In our experience, World Education Services (415-677-9378; 212-966-6311; [email protected]) provides the information we need in a format that is useful for the admissions decision. However, applicants may choose to use any agency which meets our criteria and can perform an evaluation meeting the four points as mentioned above.
Course completion at college-level within three years of UCSF matriculation.
Course completion within five years of UCSF matriculation equivalent to the N262A Advanced Scholarship in Research I course at UCSF.
English proficiency for non-native English speakers as verified by one of the following:
A minimum of one year of professional nursing experience is preferred.
Goal Statement - A comprehensive well-written goal statement essay is an essential component of a successful doctoral application. The goal statement should:
Demonstrate original scholarship and research in nursing, and evidence of the ability to communicate in a scholarly manner.
Highlight relevant publications, presentations, and experience in clinical, teaching, or research areas.
Explain how your goals and scholarly interests align with the program's goals and resources.
Address future career goals and contributions, you expect to make to nursing after completing the PhD program and how the program will help you achieve those goals.
Your goal statement should be no more than five double-spaced typewritten pages and shows your full legal name and page number at the top of each page. Elsewhere, your application will also include a (one-sentence) summary statement of your proposed area of research interest.
Recommendations - A minimum of four recommendations are required (a maximum of five is permitted) from:
two recommendations provided by the most recent employer(s), preferably nurses;
one from a college professor / instructor (if you have graduated in the past five years) who can assess your performance and judgment in the area in which you wish to study; and
one or two from individuals (not relatives) who are well acquainted with your professional preparation and experience.
Each recommendation should address the following areas, as appropriate:  research,  leadership,  creativity,  self-direction in learning,  writing,  teaching,  relationship to applicant, and  clinical practice. An overall numeric rating is also requested.
Résumé or curriculum vitae
Application fee (subject to change) - $110 for international applicants.
Computer Literacy - including, but not limited to, word processing and Internet skills.
International Applicants - International applicants to the UCSF doctoral program are encouraged to write to the Nursing Student Affairs Office asking for an informal evaluation before filing a formal application. A statement of goals of study, past educational experience, and professional work experience should accompany the request for informal evaluation.
Prospective students apply to UCSF through AMCAS, the American Medical College Application Service.
Once on the AMCAS Web site, you will find the application form you need as well as instructions for completing and submitting it. Applications are available in May and can be submitted to AMCAS on or about June 1. Your application and official transcripts must be submitted to AMCAS no later than October 15 of the year preceding your expected entry. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible in order to facilitate processing and evaluation. Please note that we cannot consider deadline extensions for any reason.
Beginning in early July, AMCAS forwards applications to all medical schools. At UCSF, an admissions committee made up of faculty and medical students reviews the applications, bringing a variety of perspectives to the selection process.
After UCSF receives your application from AMCAS and performs a preliminary review, selected candidates will be invited to complete a secondary application. Typically, you will be notified about submitting a secondary application approximately 3-10 weeks after receipt of your verified AMCAS data.
The secondary applications will be used to identify applicants who will be invited to UCSF for interviews. UCSF has a rolling admissions policy, which means that interviewed applicants may be advised of decisions any time up until May 15.