For additional information about applying to the doctoral program, including admission requirements and an overview of the application process, please view the video.

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum bachelor's-degree GPA of 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose, personal history, research professional history and future goals
  • The application process may require an interview
  • The GRE is not required
  • TOEFL or IELTS (International graduates only)
  • International graduate requirements

Online applications are processed through UC Davis Graduate Studies, which coordinates UC Davis graduate degree programs. All applicants must submit a completed UC Davis Graduate Studies application and meet UC Davis requirements for graduate admissions.

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.

Students entering fall 2022 are strongly encouraged to complete a basic course in descriptive and inferential statistics before starting the program. This is not a prerequisite course requirement at this time and will not impact admissions decisions; however, it is strongly encouraged for student success in the program.

Completion of a basic course in descriptive and inferential statistics completed with a grade of B or higher within three years prior to the start of the program will be a requirement in future years.

Each student admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing receives generous financial support for tuition, fees and additional expenses.

Graduate school is challenging, especially for the many students who juggle family, school and financial responsibilities. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing seeks students with diverse life experiences along with the potential and determination to make an impact. Scholarships and other financial support ensure the most qualified, diverse and driven students may enter graduate degree programs —a principle upon which the school was launched with its founding grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

In Year 1, each doctoral student admitted in fall 2022 receives $20,000 in financial support for University of California in-state tuition, fees and a stipend to help cover start-up expenses in becoming a doctoral-level scholar. In Year 2, each student receives funding to cover in-state tuition and fees. Financial support for Years 3 and 4 varies based on graduate student employment.  Employment opportunities include both research and teaching assistant roles typically equivalent to at least 25%-time employment (10 hours per week). During academic quarters (fall, winter, spring), 25%-time employment provides a monthly salary of about $1,000 and includes a graduate student tuition and fee remission. Specific details about financial support are provided to individuals as part of the admission offer. 

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. Please review the general financial aid resource section below for additional details and links about financial aid resources available.

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). For more information, visit the Office of Budget and Institutional Analysis, graduate 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 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

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

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.

PhD application timeline

Space available for fall 2022

Some seats remain for fall 2022 enrollment. Acceptances are offered on a rolling basis from now through 11:59 p.m. June 1 or until all seats are filled. Apply for space available in fall 2022 through UC Davis Graduate Studies.

To apply for for fall 2023 and beyond

Online applications for fall incoming classes in the Doctor of Philosophy Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Degree Program are available through UC Davis Graduate Studies. Applications open each year sometime between late September and early October and close at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) Jan. 15 (for full consideration). Final application deadline is  11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) June 1. Applications received between Jan. 16 and June 1 are reviewed if it's determined that the program has space after reviewing general deadline applicants.

Click on the link below to access additional application information. The document below provides essential information needed to complete the application process which is not included in the online UC Davis application. Follow the detailed instructions and note the helpful tips. It is important that you use these documents as a guide when completing your application.

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