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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.

Each student admitted to the doctoral degree program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing receives generous financial support to cover in-state 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 commitment and additional scholarship sources provide financial support.

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..

Each doctoral student admitted in the fall 2020 cohort receives annual funding to cover University of California in-state tuition and fees. Admitted students are also eligible to apply for additional funding through various external sources.

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). 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 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.

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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