An update on COVID-19

At this time, there is no impact to the 2021 admissions process from the COVID-19 situation. All application requirements must be met to apply. We’ll continue to update this page should this information change.

For additional information about the Master's Entry Program in Nursing, including admission requirements and an overview of the application process, please view the video.

Note: The list of prerequisites displayed in this video is incomplete and missing Microbiology or Bacteriology. As the video suggests, please refer to the Prerequisites section below for the complete list.

Online applications for summer incoming classes in the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing are available through NursingCAS. Applications open each year by May 1 and close at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) Aug. 1.

  • A bachelor's degree
  • A minimum bachelor's-degree GPA of 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendation; refer to NursingCAS for more information
  • A minimum 2.7 GPA in all science prerequisite coursework
  • Statement of purpose submitted through NursingCAS, additional essays required for the UC Davis Graduate Studies Application
  • The application process may require an interview
  • The GRE is not required
  • TOEFL or IELTS (International graduates only)
  • International graduate requirements

Note: Prerequisite coursework must be completed at time of application.

An applicant's bachelor's degree may be in progress; however, the individual must graduate prior to matriculating in June.

Students applying for the Master's Entry Program in Nursing must complete a NursingCAS application and meet selection criteria. Following that process, a select pool of qualified applicants are invited to apply through the UC Davis Graduate Studies application. All invited applicants must meet UC Davis graduate admissions requirements.

Admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Meeting some or all of these criteria does not guarantee admission, but merely eligibility. Admission is competitive.

The School of Nursing accepts qualified student applicants who completed relevant military education and experiences, meet the university admission requirements and present documented equivalency courses. Veterans, service members or their dependent, should visit the UC Davis Veterans Success Center website for information on services and resources.

For licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) who seek to complete coursework required for the registered nurse licensure examination (NCLEX), the School of Nursing offers a 45-quarter-unit LVN option. The LVN option is offered in compliance with California law on a space-available basis.

The MEPN program is highly competitive and the school is unable to admit applicants through the LVN option unless space is determined to be available. Interested applicants should contact the School of Nursing in April to determine if there is space-available.

Once students complete the 45-unit LVN option, their names are placed on the Roster of NCLEX Eligibility and their transcripts forwarded to the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Successful applicants must meet the admission requirements of UC Davis Graduate Studies and complete the college-level prerequisite courses listed below before applying to the program. Prerequisites may not be in progress at the time of application submission. All prerequisites are required at the college level from an accredited school and must be included on the submitted transcript as part of the NursingCAS application process. Each prerequisite is expected to be one full course, either a quarter or a semester long. Completion of prerequisite course work from an accredited, online school is acceptable. Advanced Placement scores awarded in high school do NOT fulfill prerequisites. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. All science courses are recommended to be taken within the past seven years:

  • Human Anatomy with lab (minimum 5 quarter/3 semester units)
  • Human Physiology with lab (minimum 5 quarter/3 semester units)
  • Or a human anatomy and physiology series: Part I and Part II with labs (minimum 5 quarter/3 semester units each)
    (Note: Mammalian, vertebrate or animal anatomy or physiology will not fulfill this requirement.)
  • Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab (minimum 3 quarter/2 semester units)
  • Chemistry with lab (minimum 5 quarter/3 semester units)
  • Statistics or Epidemiology (minimum 4 quarter/3 semester units)
  • Psychology (general or above) (minimum 3 quarter/2 semester units)
  • Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (minimum 3 quarter/2 semester units)
  • Human Development Across Lifespan (minimum 3 quarter/2 semester units)
  • Communication (must include group, verbal and written principles) (minimum total of 9 quarter/6 semester units)

*It is desired that the Human Anatomy and Human Physiology prerequisite courses be completed within the past five years of the date of application.  Competitive applicants should self-assess their strengths. If it has been a number of years since courses were completed, applicants may want to consider retaking them.

*Note: MEPN applicants may complete a combined Human Anatomy and Human Physiology series course: Part I and Part II with labs. Series courses are offered in two parts and are completed over the course of two quarters or two semesters. Series courses must be completed in full, and must include a lab component. If an applicant only completes one part of the series course, they must additionally complete a course in either Human Anatomy or Human Physiology to fulfill the requirement—Mammalian or Animal Anatomy will not fulfill this requirement.

Sample prerequisites for Master's Entry Program in Nursing

Each student admitted to the Master's Entry Program in Nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing receives generous financial support for tuition, fees and additional expenses.

A primary goal of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to address the growing need for nursing faculty. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's $100 million commitment and additional scholarship sources provide financial support for tuition, fees and additional expenses to students.

Scholarships enable the School of Nursing to recruit and recognize outstanding graduate students early in their careers, to allow time to make a significant difference through their work, research and scholarship. This support ensures the most qualified, diverse and driven prospective students receive opportunities to continue their education without the worry of significant tuition costs and loss of income.

All Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership students are encouraged to seek a variety of forms of financial support and it is essential for students to apply as early as possible.

Financial packages are finalized with each offer of admission.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees for the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program are set by the Regents of the University of California and can change without notice. Tuition is based on residency as well as degree type (i.e. academic or professional). The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing is a Self-Supporting Degree Program (SSDP). For more information, visit the Office of Budget and Institutional Analysis, professional degrees.

UC Davis internal fellowships

There are a variety of fellowships available for students with varying backgrounds, research interests and undergraduate majors. These fellowships are competitive funds for graduate students across the entire UC Davis campus. Please check if you qualify for any of the current funding opportunities.  For more information, visit the UC Davis Graduate Studies, Internal Fellowship.

General financial aid resources

Information about various financial aid resources available for clinical education (grants, scholarships, fellowships, loan programs and short-term loans) is provided through the UC Davis Health Financial Aid Office. There are different procedures for applying for each type of financial assistance and they are not program-specific to the School of Nursing.

Both federal and state resources provide a range of flexible repayment options, including, but not limited to, income-based and income-contingent repayment plans, as well as loan-forgiveness benefits. Other forms of assistance, such as short-term and interest-free loans, are also available to enrolled students. A member of the UC Davis Health Financial Aid Office can answer questions regarding these programs and discuss how to best meet your financial aid needs.

Students are encouraged to seek private scholarships and external funding. For more information, visit the UC Davis Graduate Studies External Support Resources page. There are also several online scholarship databases. One example is collegeboard.org.

The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing is a Self-Supporting Degree Program. Students are not eligible for California-state-supported fellowships such as the College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents. Students are eligible for all other types of scholarships, fellowships and financial aid opportunities.

For information regarding cancelation of registration, withdrawal from a program and fee refunds, please refer to the UC Davis policy webpage.

Financial aid tips

  • Credit-based loans are a part of most financial aid packages.
  • Check your credit through free credit score checks from Transunion, Experian, and Equifax.
  • To increase your credit score and your ability to qualify for loans, pay off credit card debt before beginning graduate school. Plan ahead as credit scores take time to update.
  • Interest rates are affected by your credit ratings.
  • Financial aid is not to be used for paying credit card debt; it is only for school tuition and fees.
  • To apply for federal student loans, scholarships and grants, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application early.

MEPN application timeline Online applications for summer incoming classes in the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing are available through NursingCAS. Applications open each year by May 1 and close at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) Aug. 1.

Students applying for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing must complete an application at NursingCAS and meet selection criteria. Following that process, a select pool of qualified applicants are invited to apply through the UC Davis Graduate Studies application. All invited applicants must meet UC Davis graduate admissions requirements.

Applications and materials must have “complete” (all materials received and pending verification) or “verified” application status by the deadline. It is the applicants’ responsibility to monitor the status of their applications and application materials on a regular basis. NursingCAS does NOT notify applicants if applications are incomplete or documents are missing.

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For more application assistance, visit our MEPN FAQ page and the NursingCAS Applicant Help Center. The NursingCAS Application Status page includes applicant status assistance.