Eligibility & Application Instructions

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

A complete application includes and adheres to the following:

  • A personal history statement (prompts and guidelines)
  • A statement of purpose (prompts and 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 (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

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

Fall 2020 Application 

The 2020 MEPN application to join the Summer 2021 cohort is now open!  The application deadline is December 31st, 2020.

You may also use our new application guide as a reference when you fill out your application to the MEPN program.   Note this is a guide and point of reference only and does not guarantee admission to the program.

  • 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.

The 2020 MEPN application to join the Summer 2021 cohort is now open!  The application deadline is December 31st, 2020.

You may also use our new application guide as a reference when you fill out your application to the MEPN program.   Note this is a guide and point of reference only and does not guarantee admission to the program.

COVID-19 Notes 

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 above. 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).

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

MEPN Information Sessions

Thank you for your interest in our program! Please check back towards the end of summer for virtual information session information.  Sessions are typically held during the Fall Quarter.


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?
Make sure that you check out our MEPN FAQ for answers to the most common questions that we receive from students applying to the program.

You may also use our new Guide to Applying that outlines MEPN Application Guidelines and Requirements.

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

nssao@uci.edu (undergrad)
gnsao@uci.edu (grad)
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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 (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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