Admissions Requirements

M.S.N. MECN Admission Requirements

M.S.N./Master's Entry Clinical Nurse applicants must provide evidence of the following:

  1. Graduation from a recognized college or university having an accredited baccalaureate program satisfactory to the School of Nursing and the UCLA Graduate Division with an overall scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better, or graduation with a baccalaureate degree from an international institution with a program satisfactory to the School of Nursing and the UCLA Graduate Division.

Completion of approved prerequisite courses or equivalent with a minimum grade of C in the subjects listed below. All applicants to the MECN program must complete all approved prerequisite courses (other than Epidemiology) by the end of December 2019 for the Fall 2020 entry.

  • Chemistry Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry – see approved course list
  • Epidemiology (UCLA Nursing 50)
  • Human Anatomy (UCLA Physiological Science 13 or Nursing 13) (NURSING 13 ONLINE COURSE OFFERED IN SUMMER SESSION)
  • Human Physiology (UCLA Physiological Science 3 or Nursing 3) (NURSING 3 ONLINE COURSE OFFERED IN SUMMER SESSION) (5 year time limit)
  • Microbiology (UCLA Microbiology 6 or 101)
  • Psychology (UCLA Psychology 10)
  • Statistics (UCLA Biostatistics 100A)
  • English Composition or Writing (2 courses)
  • Group and/or Verbal Communication (UCLA Communication Studies 1 or 10)

2. A scholarship record satisfactory to the Graduate Division and to the School of Nursing.

3.  Personal and academic competence attested through three letters of recommendation.

4.  Since written and verbal communication skills are basic to the practice of nursing, it is essential that applicants read, write and speak English well. International applicants from a country in which English is not the first language and medium of instruction are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 87 on the internet-based test, 220 on the computer-based test or 560 paper-based test or complete International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination with an overall band score of 7.0 or higher. Scores must be submitted prior to consideration for admission.

Applicants with Military Experience

UCLA School of Nursing will accept qualified student applicants who have completed relevant military education and experiences, have met the University admission requirements, and who present documented equivalency courses. Once admitted, such individuals are eligible for credit by challenge examination.  Contact Lynn Doering, Associate Dean for Academic and Student  for further information.


LVN 45 Unit Option

Licensed Vocational Nurses interested in completion of the UCLA 45-unit option must formally request to follow this option. It does not lead to conferral of a degree at UCLA. Interested students are required to meet with the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

*For more information on this program, please attend one of our Information Sessions.

If you are an International applicant, please contact Mark Covin, Director of Recruitment, Outreach & Admissions, at, prior to applying for admissions.