Eligibility & Application Instructions

Applicants to the MEPN program will apply for admissions through the UCI Graduate Division website.
Please note – the application for the MEPN program is listed as M.S. Nursing Science – Community and Population Health Concentration.

A complete application includes and adheres to the following:

  • A personal history statement (guidelines)
  • A statement of purpose (guidelines
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf (submission directions)
    – letters must be from a combination of most recent clinical employer/supervisor & college faculty member
  • A current resumé
    – include academic honors/recognition, healthcare-related volunteer and work activities, leadership positions, and bilingual abilities, etc.
  • A completed Prerequisite Checklist
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/institutions (guidelines)
  • International Students need to supply TOEFL or IELTS English test scores (guidelines)
    – review additional international admissions information

Application Notes

  • Despite the program’s summer start, when applying select “fall entry” 
  • An interview may be required for final selection of candidates
  • Additional information is available from UCI Graduate Division

The next MEPN application cycle will open in September 2020 and the application deadline will be December 31st, 2020.

NOTE: Although some institutions are allowing Pass/Not Pass grading for certain courses in the Spring 2020 term, we are still requiring letter grades as a feature of our admissions requirements as reflected below. If your institution is mandating Pass/Not Pass for Spring 2020, or you have an extenuating circumstance, please make a note on your application prerequisite sheet and we may make an exception.

In addition, some schools may be moving lab courses that have traditionally been taught in-person to an online format during the Winter/Spring/Summer 2020 terms.  In general, this is acceptable for our prerequisite requirements.  If you have concerns about a course, please email gnsao@uci.edu with specific course information (including institution, course title, course number, and units).

  • A non-nursing baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution
    – must be completed by December 31st preceding the program start date
    – transcript must have degree conferral date
    – degree standards must be equivalent to that of the University of California (Please view our current UCI requirements for a Bachelor’s degree here)
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in your Bachelors degree
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher
    – must be completed by December 31st preceding the program start date

    1. Statistics
    2. Psychology
    3. Sociology/Cultural Anthropology
    4. Anatomy with lab
    5. Physiology with lab
    6. Microbiology with lab
    7. A General Chemistry course OR a Chemistry course which includes a combination of inorganic (general), organic and biochemistry (must contain all 3).

Refer to the ASSIST system for approved and articulated courses

The next MEPN application cycle will open in September 2020 and the application deadline will be December 31st, 2020.

Admitted Student Profiles

Admission into the UC Irvine School of Nursing is competitive and highly selective. The number of students in the program is small due to the limited availability of clinical placements. Due to the increasing number of applicants and the selective nature of the program, it is strongly recommended that you research other nursing programs as well.

  • Fall 2019 MEPN applicants: 456
  • Fall 2019 MEPN admissions: 25 for 20 spots (5.5% admitted)
  • Average BS GPA: 3.59 GPA
  • GPA Range of admits (from BS institution): 3.30-3.98

Future Information Sessions

Please watch the Program Information video prior to the information session.

Program Information Video

Have questions? Before contacting us, check and see if your query is answered on our Program Information video, or on one of our previous information sessions.

*To view previous recorded information sessions, please visit our YouTube page.

Have questions?
Check our MEPN FAQ!

Still have questions?
Ask an Academic Counselor!

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Tuition & Fees

Graduate Tuition & Fee Schedule (academic year 2019-2020)

All tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change without notice, and the University may impose additional tuition and fees. Consult the University Registrar’s website for the most up-to-date information.

Nursing students have additional supplemental costs associated with completing clinical requirements for licensure and should plan accordingly.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

If you need help to pay for your studies, you may be eligible for several types of financial aid.
Visit UCI Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to find out more about financial aid and scholarship options.

Additionally, please check the UC Irvine Financial Aid office’s database of external scholarships.

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