MEPN Admission Criteria and Application Instructions

Apply to the Master's Entry Program in Nursing.

Applicants to the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) submit their application through NursingCAS, a Centralized Nursing Application system. This service allows you to provide necessary application materials (including their references, transcripts and resume) to a centralized repository, which makes it easier to manage your application. The application is live August 15 through October 15 annually.

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The application deadline is October 15 for fall admission.

Admission Criteria for the MEPN Program

  • Bachelor's degree from an approved, accredited college or university
  • Completion of the required prerequisite courses
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the Centralized Nursing Application (Nursing CAS)
  • One official transcript from each college or university you've attended
  • Three professional recommendations related to academics and work (paid and volunteer)
  • A resume describing the nature, scope and areas of responsibility of all work experience, including any volunteer or paid healthcare-related experience
  • A minimum of 100 hours as a volunteer in a hospital setting observing registered nurses in practice
  • An interview (qualified applicants will be contacted to interview based on initial review of their application)
  • Evidence of specified immunizations and screening tests, recent physical examination, and BLS (CPR) certification if admitted into the program
  • If you're an international applicant, you'll need to meet additional requirements for admission

Program Prerequisites

The following nursing prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the Master's Entry Program in Nursing. A minimum grade of "B" is required in the science prerequisites.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Human Anatomy*
  • Human Physiology*
  • Microbiology*
  • Psychology (Introduction, General or Developmental)
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Introduction to Sociology
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Speech, Introduction to Public Speaking or Introduction to Oral Communication
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition

* Courses must include a lab

Application Instructions

  • NursingCAS Application
  • College/University Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose/Essay
  • Resume
  • Volunteer Hours
  • Interview
  • International Applicants
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language

Graduate Admissions

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(619) 260-4524

Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(619) 260-2700
The USD ED# is 010395