Master of Science

General Program Description

ANNOUNCEMENT: M.S. Program Applications will be accepted September 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015 for Fall 2015 Admission.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing Science at the University of California, Irvine is a professional degree program which will prepare Registered Nurses in selected specialties and in research so they may assume roles as research-based advanced practice clinicians, administrators, or educators. The program course work is designed to prepare nurses with expertise in a specialized area of advanced nursing practice; role preparation as a nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or nurse administrator; leadership and health policy skills; and research skills. The M.S. degree will also prepare students for future doctoral work.

M.S. Concentration Areas

Students applying to the M.S. program must select an area of concentration, either the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration (FNP) or the Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration (AGPCNP). Graduates of both nurse practitioner tracks are eligible for certification by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Graduates completing the FNP concentration will be eligible to sit for the FNP national board certification examination. Graduates completing the AGPCNP concentration will be eligible to sit for the Adult Gerontological Primary Care NP national board certification examination.

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program is designed to prepare nurses to deliver primary health care to families in a variety of settings. NPs take health histories and provide complete physical examinations; diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems; interpret laboratory results and X-rays; prescribe and manage medications and other therapies; provide health teaching and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance; and refer patients to other health professionals as needed. Nurse practitioners focus on wellness, prevention, and education.

Course Curriculum

Students enrolled in either the Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration or the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration will complete 72 units. Students will complete 720 hours of clinical practice with populations in their area of emphasis to be eligible for certification. Clinical placements are approved, coordinated, and supervised by our graduate faculty. Limited clinical preceptorships are available to students; therefore, students are strongly encouraged to recruit preceptors for a portion of their clinical rotations. Provided here is the course curriculum for students in the FNP and AGPCNP concentrations. Students are expected to complete the full-time program within two years.

M.S. Degree in Nursing Science
FNP or AGPCNP Full Time Options


1st Year
Nur Sci 210 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)Nur Sci 200 Research Methods & Evaluation for Evidence-Based Practice (3)Nur Sci 225A Advanced Pharmacology A (2)
Nur Sci 230 Advanced Health and Physical Assessment (3)Nur Sci 215 Health Promotion/ Disease Prevention (3)Nur Sci 260A Primary Care Adult/Geriatric A (3)
Nur Sci 230L Advanced Health and Physical Assessment Lab (1)Nur Sci 245A Primary Care A (3)Nur Sci 283 Primary Care Procedures (3)
Nur Sci 282 Human Behavior and Mental Health (3)Nur Sci 250 Primary Care Women's Health (3)Nur Sci 286 APN Clinical Practicum II (4)
Nur Sci 285 APN Clinical Practicum I (2)

2nd Year
Nur Sci 225B Advanced Pharmacology B (3)Nur Sci 281 Frameworks for Advanced Professional Practice in Nursing (3)Nur Sci 284 Advanced Practice Scholarly Concentration (3)
Nur Sci 245B Primary Care B (3)Nur Sci 288 APN Clinical Practicum IV (6)Nur Sci 289 APN Clinical Practicum V (7)
Nur Sci 287 APN Clinical Practicum III (5)Nur Sci 255 Primary Care Obstetrics (3)1
Nur Sci 270 Primary Care Pediatrics (3)1Nur Sci 280 Aging and Chronic Illness (3)2
Nur Sci 260B Primary Care Adult/Geriatric (3)2


Admission Criteria and Application Instructions

Individuals seeking admission to the M.S. program must meet the conditions listed below in order to apply. Applicants can apply for fall quarter admission only.

  1. Have a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a regionally and CCNE accredited institution with degree standards equivalent to the University of California.
  2. Provide proof of Licensure as a registered nurse in California.
  3. Have completed a course in Descriptive and Inferential Statistics with a grade of C or better.
  4. Have completed an upper division nursing research course taken at an accredited institution with degree standards equivalent to the University of California.
  5. Have an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all coursework.
  6. One year of recent RN experience in the U.S., required upon entering the program.

Applications are accepted between September 1 and March 1 for the following Fall entry only.

Please complete the Online UC application and the Online Graduate Nursing Science Supplemental Application. Both applications are required and must be submitted online.

Applicants must submit the following to our office no later than March 1st to be considered for admission:

  1. Online Application for Graduate Admission
  2. Online Nursing Science Supplemental Application (Available Sept. 1-March 1)
  3. Submit two copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  4. Submit 3 recommendations; one from an employer/supervisor, one from a faculty member and the third from either.
    Review the instructions on submitting letters of recommendation.
  5. Submit resume.

All documents should be mailed to:

Nursing Science Student Affairs
106 Berk Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3959

The GRE is NOT required for the M.S. degree program. An interview may be required for final selection of candidates.

Please see the Graduate Division website for more prospective student information.

International Applicants

Applicants who have completed degrees and/or coursework outside of the United States must submit their final transcripts in English. If the final transcripts provided by the former university are not in English, students will need to submit their transcripts to a transcription service before submitting to UCI. The following translation services transcribe in all major languages:

In addition, applicants whose primary language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS test score. See this webpage for details:

For a complete list of admission resources and instructions on applying as an international student, please check the following webpage:

Financial Aid

Please review the UC Irvine Financial Aid Office website for information on financial assistance provided to graduate students.

Financial Aid Office

Financial assistance for graduate students differs substantially from that of an undergraduate student; the information on the Financial Aid Office website will help you to understand the types of assistance available. To be eligible for financial assistance you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – the suggested deadline for this is March 2. Please note that foreign students are not eligible for need-based financial aid, thus foreign students should not complete the FAFSA. All graduate students, either foreign or domestic are eligible to receive university fellowship funding as long as you are documented.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

We encourage students to look for and apply for any scholarships that they can find. In addition to offsetting the cost of tuition, outside nursing specific scholarships introduce students to organizations that can broaden one’s idea of what a nurse can accomplish and how nurses are needed in today’s society. The following link to the UC Irvine Financial Aid website’s external scholarship database has a sub listing for scholarships available to both Nursing Science graduate and undergraduate students. Click on the Nursing tab to view these scholarships.

Financial Aid Office Scholarship Database

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