The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions
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MSBH Admission

Admission to the Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH) program is based on an overall appraisal of the applicant's preparedness for graduate-level study.

Employment background, previous academic coursework and preparedness, research interests, and long-term professional goals are all factors that are considered as part of admission to the MSBH program.

Application Deadline for Fall 2015

The MSBH program has a rolling admission policy. Priority deadline for Fall 2015 is March 15th. The application will close on June 30th.

Application Materials

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

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

Admission Requirements

The following requirements are considered in the review of applications:

  1. A completed online application and fee
  2. Completion of a bachelor's degree (in any field) from an accredited institution
  3. Prerequisites: College-level courses in both psychology and statistics are required. Applicants can meet these prerequisite requirements if they took AP courses in these subjects during high school. Applicants applying to the MSBH program prior to taking these prerequisites can be admitted on a conditional basis. Note that admitted students must complete conditional admission requirements prior to full admission and start of classes.
  4. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities 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.
  5. Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  6. Personal statement with two (2) parts. Please respond to both.
    • Part 1: What do you consider the most pressing concern in healthcare today? Why?
    • Part 2: Tell us about your interest in working in behavioral health with underserved populations. Please include relevant information about your values, work history, life experience and education that have led you to pursue this degree.
  7. Two 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 behavioral health. 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.
  8. Résumé
    • We are interested in the progression and mix of responsibilities in your work and volunteer experience and your skills. Experience should be for college and beyond (no high school).
  9. For international students only: A Certificate of Finance, a passport copy, and TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic test scores. Refer to the International Graduate Student Admission page for test score requirements and additional information.