2020-2021 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Nursing

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Nursing


APPLYING

After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

Deadline for M.S.N.-MECN: November 1, 2019
Deadline for M.S.N.-APRN and Ph.D.: December 1, 2019

Admission Limited to

Fall

Exams & GRE Types

GRE: General (within the last five years; Ph.D. only) 

Letters of Recommendation

M.S.N. Advanced Practice Registered Nursing: 3, attesting to professional and/or academic competence in nursing.
M.S.N. Master's Entry Clinical Nursing: 3, attesting to personal and academic competence.
Ph.D.: 3, affirming potential for scholarly, investigative, and creative endeavors in nursing.

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose. When writing the statement of purpose, applicants should refer to the Evaluation Criteria Form on the School of Nursing website

Since written and oral communication skills are basic to the practice of nursing, it is essential that applicants read, write, and speak English well. International applicants from a country in which English is not the first language and medium of instruction, whether a licensed registered nurse in the U.S. or not, are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores prior to consideration for admission.

Registered nurses who are not licensed in the United States must, prior to consideration for admission, submit verification of a passing score on both the nursing and the English sections of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination.

The following are also required:

M.S.N. Advanced Practice Registered Nursing: (1) Graduation from a recognized college or university having an accredited baccalaureate nursing program satisfactory to the School of Nursing and to the Graduate Division, or graduation with a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an international institution with a nursing program satisfactory to the School of Nursing and to the Graduate Division. If admitted under the latter, applicants may be required to enroll in certain undergraduate nursing courses which generally may not be applied toward requirements for advanced degrees.

(2) Status as a licensed registered nurse. At the time of the application is submitted, evidence of current licensure as a registered nurse in the State of California is mandatory.

(3) An upper division statistics course or a lower division statistics course with content equivalent to Biostatistics 100A must be completed before entering the school.

(4) An upper division nursing research course, taken at an accredited institution and equivalent to Nursing 173, must be completed before entering the school.

(5) An upper division physical assessment course, taken at an accredited institution and equivalent to Nursing 174, must be completed before entering the school(not required of applicants selecting the Nursing Administration specialty).

(6) An upper division or equivalent undergraduate physiology course equivalent to Nursing 105. This course must have been completed within the last five years (not required of students selecting the nursing administration specialty). Pathophysiology is not acceptable.

M.S.N. Master's Entry Clinical Nursing: (1) Graduation from a recognized college or university having an accredited baccalaureate program satisfactory to the School of Nursing and to the Graduate Division, or graduation with a baccalaureate degree from an international institution with a program satisfactory to the School of Nursing and to the Graduate Division. Applicants admitted from international institutions may be required to enroll in certain undergraduate courses, which generally may not be applied toward requirements for advanced degrees.

(2) Completion of acceptable prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better in group and verbal communications, English composition (two college level writing intensive courses in the English language), human anatomy, human physiology, introductory microbiology, principles of epidemiology (if admitted, may be completed at UCLA), introductory psychology, introduction to biostatistics, and introductory inorganic, organic and biochemistry.

Management, M.B.A./Nursing, M.S.N.

The School of Nursing and the Anderson Graduate School of Management offer a concurrent degree program designed for students interested in employment in all sectors of the health care delivery system, including hospitals, corporate health care headquarters, home health care agencies, and long-term care facilities, as well as policy-making bodies and consulting firms. Applicants must apply to both the M.B.A. program and the School of Nursing.

Ph.D.: Students may enter with a bachelor's in Nursing or Entry-Level Master's (ELM) in Nursing or Advanced Practice (APN) in Nursing. Those admitted to doctoral study with a bachelor's degree in nursing or ELM degree are required to make up clinical specialty deficiencies by taking courses in one of the current master's advanced practice programs. Such courses may be taken concurrently with doctoral courses. Individuals admitted with a bachelor's degree in nursing are required to complete selected master's courses in nursing at UCLA as a prerequisite to entry into doctoral courses. Thus, extra coursework and additional on-campus attendance may be required of students admitted with a B.S. or ELM degree.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must provide evidence of the following:

(1) A master's degree in nursing; or a B.S. degree in Nursing. Degrees must be from an accredited program satisfactory to the School of Nursing and the Graduate Division. Students who are accepted with deficiencies are required to complete appropriate master's courses.

(2) A minimum grade-point average of 3.5.

(3)A Biostistics course with content equivalent to Biostatistis 100A or Biomathematisc 170A (equivalent of four quarter units).

(4) A graduate-level nursing research course with content equivalent to Nursing 204.

(5) Examples of scholarly papers and/or creative works.

(6) A statement of educational objectives, specific focus of research, and program and career goals.

Status as a licensed registered nurse: Evidence of current licensure as a registered nurse in the U.S. or in your home country.

Program Name

Nursing

Leading to the
degree of

M.S.N., Ph.D.

Major Code

0597

Address

2-137 Factor Building
Box 951702
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1702

Phone

(310) 825-9193, (310) 825-3109

Email

mcovin@sonnet.ucla.edu  / mcovin@sonnet.ucla.edu

Website

nursing.ucla.edu