Admission

Admission to the Population Health Leadership DNP program is based on a holistic appraisal of your ability to successfully undertake doctoral study and of your contributions to the discipline of nursing.

Application Deadlines


Regular Deadlines:

  • Spring: December 15
  • Fall: May 15

Apply now for Fall 2019 admission

Application Materials

  • All application materials should be uploaded through the online application form. Neither the Office of Admissions nor the School of Nursing & Health Professions accepts mailed materials.
  • You can check your application status online or by contacting the School of Nursing & Health Professions graduate admissions office via email at: sonhpadmissions@usfca.edu.

Admission Requirements

The following requirements are considered in the review of applications:

  1. A completed online application and fee
  2. Completion of a master's degree (in any field) from an accredited institution
  3. 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.
  4. Recommended grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  5. Three (3) 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. 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. Please note that letters of recommendation must be on letterhead and signed by the recommender.
  6. A professional résumé
  7. Statement of professional goals
  8. Documentation of RN license
  9. For international students only: We are no longer accepting International Student applications at this time.

State Authorization
USF is accepting applications from residents in specific U.S. states and territories for enrollment into our 100% online degree programs. Please check www.usfca.edu/state-auth for a list of the states and territories from which we can enroll residents in our 100% online degree programs. Programs are only considered to be 100% online degree programs if they have no physical presence (classes, fieldwork, or otherwise) in those states or territories.

Contact Info

School of Nursing & Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-6681