The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions
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How to Apply

The master's and doctoral programs at University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions take a comprehensive approach to admission.

A variety of materials determines whether or not a course of study is a good match for a student. In addition to grades and test scores, the following factors are considered as part of admission to an appropriate course of study: employment background, previous academic coursework and preparedness, research interests, and long-term professional goals.


Students must apply to all graduate programs (both doctoral and master's) online.

Applicants can check their application status online or by contacting the Office of Admissions.

Application Materials

All application materials should be uploaded through the online application form. Neither the Graduate School nor the School of Nursing and Health Professions accept mailed materials.

  • Completed online application form and fee
  • Upload via the online application form:
    • Copies of transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Personal statement (length of statement varies by program, see 'Admission Requirements' page for specific questions to be addressed in statement)
    • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
    • Letters of recommendation (two to three letters depending on program). In the online form, enter the names and e-mail addresses for recommenders. They will receive an e-mail from USF with instructions to upload their letter.
  • If applicable (for nurses): Documentation of professional licensure
  • If applicable (PsyD): Scores on the GRE General and Psychology Subject Tests taken within three years of application for admission. The GRE test is not required for any master's programs.
  • For international students only: A Certificate of Finance, and a passport copy, TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic test scores. Refer to the International Graduate Student Admission page for test score requirements and additional information.

All graduate programs require applicants to submit transcripts from all schools attended. Official or unofficial transcripts should be uploaded through the online application form. Transcripts must reflect the name of the institution attended, degree earned, grades earned, and GPA. Applicants should ensure that all transcripts are readable once uploaded. Submission of official transcripts is ONLY required for all admitted students who decide to enroll. For non-U.S. transcripts, applicants please submit translated transcripts.

Personal Statement and Professional Resume
All graduate programs (except PsyD) require applicants to submit a one to three page personal statement and a current professional resume or curriculum vitae. The personal statement describes why the applicant is a good fit for the program and his or her reasons for pursuing graduate study. It should reflect a strong sense of the applicant's long-term goals in the field including research interests and professional objectives. For PsyD personal statement and interview process please visit PsyD admission requirements page.

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to submit letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to their competence and ability to be successful at a graduate level of study. Letters should discuss the applicant's ability to succeed academically and should speak to his or her potential for professional growth in the field of nursing or health care.