Eligibility & Application Instructions

Applicants to the MEPN program will apply for admissions through Online Graduate Application on the UCI Graduate Division website.
The application for the MEPN program is listed as a Master’s Degree program under “Nursing Science – Community and Population Health Concentration.”

NEW FOR FALL 2021

There are several updates to the MEPN admissions process starting in Fall 2021 (for those interested in starting the program in Fall 2022).  We encourage interested applicants to review our newly revised guide to applying and review all of the information on this page carefully when preparing their application.

  • The cohort starting in 2022 will start in the Fall 2022 quarter at UC Irvine.
    • Previously, the program started in June during the Summer Session. However, the revised version of our program no longer requires the first summer session course.
  • Essay prompts have been revised and the word limit is now 500 words per essay.
    • Previously, the essay prompts allowed for up to 1200 words per essay. The prompts have now changed in content and word count. Please see the information in our “Application Information” section of this website for additional information.
  • We strongly encourage you to have taken Human Anatomy lecture/lab, Human Physiology lecture/lab, and Microbiology lecture/lab within 5 years of applying to the program.
    • Starting with the Fall 2022 application, we will require that the prerequisites listed above were taken within five years of applying. For the Fall 2021 application, it is still a strong recommendation, but not a requirement.
  • The application deadline is now November 30th, 2021.
    • Previously, the application deadline was at the end of December. The new application deadline is earlier than it has been in previous years. Please read all submission deadlines carefully; no exceptions to our deadlines will be considered.

The application to join the MEPN cohort starting in 2022 will open on the UCI Graduate Division website on October 1st, 2021. The application will close on November 30th, 2021 at 11:59PM PST. Please note that this deadline is earlier than it has been in previous years.  Applicants should review the information below and the information on our Frequently Asked Questions page carefully to ensure that they are submitting all application materials by the appropriate deadline.

Application Deadline Information

The application to join the 2022 cohort will open in October with a deadline of November 30th, 2021 at 11:59PM PST.  Applicants must submit all of the materials below, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.  Applicants may finish prerequisite courses in the Fall 2021 term; however, they will be required to upload transcripts reflecting final grades as “post-submission” documents in their application.  If an applicant anticipates that they will graduate from their Bachelor’s Degree program in Fall 2021 after the application deadline, they will also be required to upload documentation reflecting the date/term that their degree was awarded as a “post-submission” document.

A complete application includes and adheres to the following:

  • A personal history statement (MEPN Essay Prompt Instructions)
    • Note: the UCI Graduate Application provides a sample prompt for the personal history statement; please respond to the prompts according to our instructions on this website.
  • A statement of purpose (MEPN Essay Prompt Instructions) 
    • Note: the UCI Graduate Application provides a sample prompt for the statement of purpose; please respond to the prompts according to our instructions on this website.
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf (submission directions)
    • Letters should be from a combination of most recent clinical employer/supervisor & college faculty member.  Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information if you are unable to secure letters of recommendation from these sources.
    • Letters must be received by the application deadline.  We are unable to make exceptions to our deadline and we strongly encourage applicants to ask their recommenders to submit letters well in advance of the deadline.
    • Note: the UCI Graduate Application will allow up to five letters; please submit only three letters when applying to our program
  • A current resumé
    • Include academic honors/recognition, healthcare-related volunteer and work activities, leadership positions, and bilingual abilities, etc.
  • A completed Prerequisite Checklist (additional instructions)
    • Applicants must fill out the prerequisite checklist form linked above.  Applications with prerequisite courses listed in any other format (e.g. a list of courses in a document) will not be accepted
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/institutions (guidelines)
    • Transcripts must include Bachelor’s degree GPA and degree conferral date
  • International Students need to supply TOEFL or IELTS English test scores (guidelines)

Application Notes

  • All components listed above, including Letters of Recommendation, must be submitted by the application deadline
  • An interview may be required for final selection of candidates
  • Additional application information is available from UCI Graduate Division

Fall 2021 Application 

The application to join the 2022 cohort will open on October 1st, 2021 and will close on November 30th, 2021 at 11:59PM PST.  Please refer to our newly revised guide to applying for the most up-to-date information.

  • 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)
    • if you received your Bachelor’s degree in a country outside of the United States, we require that you provide professional transcript evaluations by an independent educational evaluating service from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. Please see our FAQs for additional information.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in your Bachelors degree
  • Completion of all of the prerequisite courses listed below with a letter grade of C or higher.  Note: Courses must be completed by December 31st preceding the program start date. AP test scores are not accepted.

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

NOTE: Applicants must submit a completed Prerequisite Checklist (additional instructions) in the Online Application for admission.

Applicants who take prerequisites at California Community Colleges may refer to the ASSIST system for approved and articulated courses. It is recommended that they use UC Irvine’s “Nursing Science, B.S.” major to find relevant courses.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our MEPN Admissions FAQs page for more information and answers to the most common questions that we receive.

MEPN Application – Fall 2021

The application to join the 2022 MEPN cohort will open on October 1st, 2021 and will close on November 30th, 2021 at 11:59PM PST.

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.

COVID-19 Course Notes 

Although some institutions are allowing Pass/Not Pass grading for certain courses due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are still requiring letter grades as a feature of our admissions requirements. If your institution is mandating Pass/Not Pass grading, or if 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.  In general, this is acceptable for our prerequisite requirements.  If you have concerns about a specific course, please email gnsao@hs.uci.edu with specific course information (including institution, course title, course number, and units) to confirm that we will accept it.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must complete all of the prerequisite courses detailed below with a letter grade of C or higher.  All courses must be completed by December 31st preceding the program start date.  For example, those applying in Fall 2021 to join the 2022 cohort must complete all prerequisites by December 31st, 2021.  AP test scores are not accepted for prerequisite course requirements.

The application deadline to join the 2022 MEPN cohort is November 30th, 2021 at 11:59PM PST.  Applicants who plan to finish courses in the Fall 2021 term will be required to submit transcripts reflecting their final grades as “post-submission” documents.  Applicants should submit all application materials by the application deadline in November and should then submit “post-submission” documents after they submit their applications (when final grades become available).

Applicants must submit a completed Prerequisite Checklist (filled out according to these instructions) in the Online Application for admission.

Prerequisite Course Details

Acceptable prerequisite courses adhere to the following:

    • Chemistry: A General Chemistry course OR a Chemistry course which includes a combination of inorganic (general), organic and biochemistry (must contain all 3).
      • Sample UCI General Chemistry: CHEM 1A-1B-1C
      • Some schools may expand their Chemistry course into a series of two or more courses.  We prefer that applicants complete the entire course series.  For example, at UC Irvine, this would include CHEM 1A, CHEM 1B, and CHEM 1C.
      • Course(s) must total a minimum of 5 quarter units or 3 semester units.
    • Microbiology: Course(s) must include a lecture with a lab component.
      • Sample UCI Microbiology w/lab: BIO SCI M122 and BIO SCI M118L
      • Some schools may separate these into two separate courses (as described above in UC Irvine’s course example), while others may combine lecture and lab components into a single course.  Both formats are acceptable.
      • Course(s) must total a minimum of 5 quarter units or 3 semester units.
      • We strongly recommend that students take this requirement within 5 years of applying.  Students who have taken this requirement more than 5 years before applying will still be considered and are eligible for admission.
    • Human Physiology: Course(s) must include a lecture with a lab component.
      • Sample UCI Human Physiology w/lab: BIO SCI E109 and BIO SCI E112L
        • Some schools may separate these into two separate courses (as described above in UC Irvine’s course example), while others may combine lecture and lab components into a single course.  Both formats are acceptable.
        • Some schools may offer a combined “Anatomy and Physiology” year-long series.  We accept this format if it include lab components and applicants complete the full year-long series.
      • This must be a human-focused course; plant/animal physiology courses will not be accepted.
      • Course(s) must total a minimum of 5 quarter units or 3 semester units.
      • We strongly recommend that students take this requirement within 5 years of applying.  Students who have taken this requirement more than 5 years before applying will still be considered and are eligible for admission.
    • Human Anatomy: Course(s) must include a lecture with a lab component.
      • Sample UCI Human Anatomy w/lab: BIO SCI D170
        • Some schools may separate these into two separate courses, while others may combine lecture and lab components into a single course (as described above in UC Irvine’s course example).  Both formats are acceptable.
        • Some schools may offer a combined “Anatomy and Physiology” year-long series.  We accept this format if it include lab components and applicants complete the full year-long series.
      • This must be a human-focused course; plant/animal anatomy courses will not be accepted.
      • Course(s) must total a minimum of 5 quarter units or 3 semester units.
      • We strongly recommend that students take this requirement within 5 years of applying.  Students who have taken this requirement more than 5 years before applying will still be considered and are eligible for admission.
    • Statistics: Course must containing descriptive and inferential statistics topics.
      • Sample UCI Statistics: STATS 7 or STATS 8
    • Psychology: An Introduction to Psychology or Developmental Psychology course.
      • Sample UCI Psychology: PSYCH 7A or NUR SCI 116
      • Course must either be introductory/fundamental courses that broadly cover the field of psychology or a developmental psychology course.  Courses in other subfields of Psychology will not be accepted.
    • Sociology/Cultural Anthropology: An Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology course.
      • Sample UC Sociology/Cultural Anthropology: SOCIOL 1 or ANTHRO 2A
      • Course must either be introductory/fundamental courses that broadly cover the field of sociology or a cultural anthropology course.  Courses in other subfields of Sociology, Anthropology, or Archaeology will not be accepted.

Note: Applicants may review the sample courses (including their course descriptions, units, etc.) noted above listed in UC Irvine’s Course Catalogue.

We also recommend that students take a Nutrition course prior to starting the UCI MEPN Program as it will be useful preparation for MEPN coursework.  Nutrition is not a required prerequisite course for admission and taking the course (or not taking the course) before applying to the program will have no impact on admissions review and decisions.

The California BRN requires that your undergraduate degree include at least 6 semester/9 quarter units in communication (must include group, verbal, and written principles). This requirement is typically satisfied by undergraduate writing courses, and occasionally AP or other test credit. However, applicants to the MEPN program do not need to list these courses on their prerequisite checklist.  We recommend that these courses are taken for a letter grade, if possible, of C or better.  Grades in these courses are not factored into our admissions review (other than as part of your cumulative Bachelor’s Degree GPA, when applicable).

Utilizing Assist.org

Applicants who take prerequisites at California Community Colleges may utilize assist.org to determine which courses are acceptable. ASSIST provides course articulation agreements between community colleges in the state of California and public universities in California.  Applicants can use UC Irvine’s “Nursing Science, B.S.” major as a search term to find relevant courses for admission to the MEPN program.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our MEPN Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page for more information and answers to the most common questions that we receive.

COVID-19 Course Notes 

Although some institutions are allowing Pass/Not Pass grading for certain courses due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are still requiring letter grades as a feature of our admissions requirements. If your institution is mandating Pass/Not Pass grading, or if 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.  In general, this is acceptable for our prerequisite requirements.  If you have concerns about a specific course, please email gnsao@hs.uci.edu with specific course information (including institution, course title, course number, and units) to confirm that we will accept it.

MEPN Information Sessions

Our program offers virtual information sessions in the Fall during the application period.  In Fall 2020, we hosted a small number of information sessions via Zoom in November and December.  We anticipate that we will offer additional sessions for the next application cycle in Fall 2021.  We will update this section of our website in late summer 2021 with information about how to join our Fall 2021 information sessions.

Applicants who are unable to attend sessions are encouraged to reach out to gnsao@hs.uci.edu for clarification.

Have questions?
Make sure that you check out our MEPN Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to the most common questions that we receive from students applying to the program.

Still have questions after reviewing our FAQ page? Ask an Academic Counselor!

gnsao@uci.edu (grad)
Note: Our Nursing Student Affairs staff works very closely together to support our students. Please ensure that you are only emailing one staff member with your request and avoid sending duplicate emails to multiple staff members.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate Tuition & Fee Schedule

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.

We encourage eligible students to complete the FAFSA on time to be eligible for student loans and other financial opportunities.

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

  • As of 2019, the average debt at graduation is $79,271
  • As of 2019, the mean wage for a California nurse is $113,240

Scholarships Application Periods

Continuing Students: November 2 – December 31, 2020

Prospective Students (Freshman and Transfer Students): January 4 – February 28, 2021

Scholarship Application Link: https://apply.admissions.uci.edu/portal/scholarships

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