Admissions Requirements

Pursue the Emerging Clinical Nurse Leader Program

The online Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader program at the University of San Francisco is designed for ADN or BSN holders who are committed to providing innovative leadership within the healthcare system. Through evidence-based practice and improvement of nursing processes, this ADN to MSN or BSN to MSN degree program prepares you to positively impact patient care at both the micro- and macro-levels.

Meeting the admission requirements is essential to establishing that you have the foundation, desire and perseverance to pursue this demanding program. Requirements help ensure that your fellow students are of a select caliber that will make networking and collaboration meaningful, educational, and enjoyable.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (BSN) or Associate’s degree (ADN) from an accredited college or university (please provide official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended)
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher (University of San Francisco does accept applicants who have GPA lower than 3.0 on a conditional basis. Conditional admit applicants may be required to take a 4-unit graduate level writing course in the first semester, PSCS 500)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Goals
  • Resume
  • Documentation of professional RN license
  • TOEFL scores if needed
  • $55 application fee


Due to regulations regarding online degree programs in higher education, effective November 1, 2011, the University of San Francisco is unable to accept applications for admission to online degree programs from students residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Wisconsin. For questions, please contact the Office of Online Education at 415-422-4962.

International Applicants:

  • English proficiency: Applicants who have not earned an undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or completed two or more years of study in a degree program in English at a higher education institution in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Australia or New Zealand must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score. Complete information on the TOEFL can be obtained via e-mail ( or at the TOEFL Website (
  • Transcripts: Applicants who obtained their baccalaureate or advanced degree(s) from an international (non U.S.) institution must submit photocopies of their official academic transcripts including degree conferral certificates and individual marksheets obtained for all years of post-secondary study. Please also include a certified, word-for-word, English translation of all foreign language documents. Should students be accepted to the University of San Francisco School of Nursing, they will be required to submit official international transcripts to World Education Services (WES), an independent academic credential evaluation provider. Accepted applicants must request a Document-by-Document Report of all international transcripts from WES (see WES website at for an online application). Reports from alternate academic credential evaluation providers will not be accepted.
  • International nurses: International nurses are required to have a valid RN license from one of the 50 states within the U.S. Applicants are required to submit transcripts evaluated by WES, IERF, or similar transcript evaluation agency in the U.S. Upon evaluation completion, applicants may apply online to the program through the online application. Applicants are to include two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a resume, a copy of the applicant’s RN license, a certificate of finance, and an official TOEFL or IELTS score.

Transfer Credits:

In exceptional cases, graduate coursework taken at other colleges or post-baccalaureate courses completed at the University of San Francisco may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the graduate program. The student must petition the dean through his/her faculty advisor and the program chairperson, if applicable. The petition must contain justification and explicit approval of the advisor and the chairperson, if applicable. Credit is typically limited to six (6) credit hours to eight (8) credit hours or two courses.

  • To be acceptable for transfer for credit, courses must:
  • be regular graduate or post-baccalaureate level courses;
  • be taken at an accredited institution of higher learning, or an institution which is a candidate for accreditation, within the last seven (7) years; and not be supervised field work, directed study or field practice.

Students must have earned a minimum grade of “B” for the course to be considered for transfer credit.

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