Master’s Entry Program in Nursing

Application Instructions

NursingCAS Application

Applicants to the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing submit the application through NursingCAS. NursingCAS is a Centralized Nursing Application system. This service allows applicants to provide the necessary application materials (references, transcripts and resume) to a centralized repository, thus making it easier for the applicant to manage their application.

Applicants are encouraged to start the application process early ensure the supporting documentation is matched to the application by October 15. The application opens on August 15.

*Application materials are due by October 15.

Nursing CAS Help Center

College/University Transcripts

Applicants must submit one official transcript from each college or university attended. This includes transcripts from community colleges, summer courses and/or graduate work. Individual transcripts must be obtained from each college attended. Transcripts are mailed directly to NursingCAS from your college or university. NursingCAS accepts official transcripts sent electronically from Credentials Solutions, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse.

Mail Transcripts to:
Transcript Department
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471
(617) 612-2880

If You Are Sending a Transcript By UPS, FedEx or Any Other Service Other Than USPS, Please Use The Following Physical Address*:

NursingCAS Transcript Department
311 Arsenal Street, Suite #15
Watertown, MA 02472

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation. Recommendations are intended to provide a professional evaluation of an applicant's potential academic success in graduate study, and therefore letters of recommendation should be requested from a combination of professors, employers, registered nurses and/or volunteer supervisors. Do not submit personal recommendations.

All references must be completed electronically through NursingCAS. Designate your references early in the application process. We strongly encourage you to enter your reference information first to expedite their receipt of the reference request. Since NursingCAS reference requests may be caught by spam filters, applicants are encouraged to contact their reference to ask them to allow their email systems to “permit” the NursingCAS reference mail address:

Statement of Purpose/Essay

The essay required of all candidates is intended to give us a better understanding of you as a person, your desire to be a Registered Nurse and provides a sample of your writing ability. Please read the guidelines noted in the application.


A resume describing the nature, scope and areas of responsibility of all work experience is required. Note any volunteer or paid health-care related experience. Please upload the resume in the NursingCAS application. Applicants are not required to complete the supporting section of the application listing all employment. The resume will suffice.

Volunteer Hours

Please submit a letter of verification from the hospital where the volunteer hours were completed. A log of hours is also acceptable. The letter and/or log is uploaded into the NursingCAS application under the Program Requirements section. If your volunteer hours are in progress, please submit a log showing the number of hours you have completed to date.


Only qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview based on initial review of their application.

International Applicants

Foreign credentials submitted with an application for graduate study are required to be evaluated by World Education Services. There will be a charge for this service. The evaluation is mailed to the USD Office of Graduate Admissions and NursingCAS.


Test of English as a Foreign Language

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all international applicants. TOEFL and IELTS scores must be within 2 years old at the time your application package is completed (all application materials received).

The University of San Diego's minimum scores are:

237 on the computer-based test
580 on the paper-based test
83 on the internet-based test

Band score 7

English Language Exam Waivers: The English Language Exam requirement may only be waived if English is your primary language or if you obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, or Australia. Other exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. Waivers are not automatically applied; all waivers must be requested. To request a waiver, you must first submit the Online Application (see Step 1 above); your waiver request will not be considered until we receive your Online Application. Once you have submitted the Online Application, email your program with your request and reasoning for why you think you should be given a waiver. If you seek a waiver, it is your responsibility to provide sufficient evidence in defense of your English proficiency. Waivers are granted on a one-by-one basis for a specific program and term. Obtaining a waiver is not guaranteed under any circumstances.

Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(619) 260-4514
The USD ED# is 010395

Graduate Admissions

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