Admissions and aid – Ph.D. program
For additional information about applying to the doctoral program, including admission requirements and an overview of the application process, please view the video.
- A bachelor’s degree
- A minimum bachelor's-degree G.P.A. of 3.0
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose, personal history, research professional history and future goals
- The application process may require an interview
- The G.R.E. is not required
- TOEFL (International applicants only)
- International graduate requirements
Admission is competitive. Online applications are processed through UC Davis Graduate Studies, which coordinates UC Davis graduate degree programs. All applicants must submit a completed Office of Graduate Studies application and meet UC Davis requirements for graduate admissions.
Each student admitted to the M.S. Leadership and doctoral degree programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing receives generous financial support for tuition, fees and additional expenses.
A primary goal of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to address the growing need for nursing faculty. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s $100 million commitment and additional scholarship sources provide financial support for tuition, fees and additional expenses to Doctor of Philosophy students.
Scholarships enable the School of Nursing to recruit and recognize outstanding graduate students early in their careers, to allow time to make a significant difference through their work, research and scholarship. This support ensures the most qualified, diverse and driven prospective students receive opportunities to continue their education without the worry of significant tuition costs and loss of income.
Each doctoral student admitted in the fall 2017 cohort receives annual funding to cover UC in-state tuition and fees, as well as a variable stipend to support professional development and dissertation expenses for each year, for up to four years, for a total of up to $120,000.
In Years 1 and 2, each doctoral student receives $30,000 per academic year. The support agreement will vary for Years 3 and 4 based on graduate student employment opportunities in the School of Nursing. Employment opportunities include both research and teaching assistant roles. Total funding per student for Years 3 and 4 is approximately $14,000 for tuition and fees. Each student will be eligible for additional funding through service to the School of Nursing up to approximately $16,000 per year, dependent upon employment service to the School of Nursing.
All Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership students are encouraged to seek a variety of forms of financial support and it is essential for students to apply as early as possible.
Financial packages are finalized with each offer of admission.
Tuition and fees
Tuition and fees for the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program are set by the Regents of the University of California and can change without notice. Tuition is based on residency as well as degree type (i.e. academic or professional).
For more information, visit the Office of Budget & Institutional Analysis. Click the Fees Schedules link for current-year tuition and fees or the Estimated Fees Schedules link for the estimated tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year. Then, click the Graduate Academic Students financial details link under the Links to financial details (PDFs) section for the detailed fee structure for the corresponding academic year and residence status.
UC Davis internal fellowships
There are a variety of fellowships available for students with varying backgrounds, research interests and undergraduate majors. These fellowships are competitive funds for graduate students across the entire UC Davis campus. Please check if you qualify for any of the current funding opportunities. For more information, visit the Office of Graduate Studies, Internal Fellowship.
General financial aid resources
Information about various financial aid resources available for clinical education (grants, scholarships, fellowships, loan programs and short-term loans) is provided through the UC Davis Health Financial Aid Office. There are different procedures for applying for each type of financial assistance and they are not program-specific to the School of Nursing.
Both federal and state resources provide a range of flexible repayment options, including, but not limited to, income-based and income-contingent repayment plans, as well as loan-forgiveness benefits. Other forms of assistance, such as short-term and interest-free loans, are also available to enrolled students. A member of the UC Davis Health Financial Aid Office can answer questions regarding these programs and discuss how to best meet your financial aid needs
Students are encouraged to seek private scholarships and external funding. For more information, visit the Office of Graduate Studies External Support Resources page. There are also several online scholarship databases. One example is collegeboard.org.
For UC Davis information regarding cancelation of registration, withdrawal from a program and fee refunds, please refer to the UC Davis policy.
Loan repayment programs
There are many external loan repayment programs that enable health care professionals committed to caring for underserved people in hospitals and clinics in various types of communities. They can be found by searching the internet using appropriate key words. Students are encouraged to research these types of opportunities to offset educational debt.
Financial aid tips
- Credit-based loans are a part of most financial aid packages.
- Check your credit through free credit score checks from Transunion, Experian, and Equifax.
- To increase your credit score and your ability to qualify for loans, pay off credit card debt before beginning graduate school. Plan ahead as credit scores take time to update.
- Interest rates are affected by your credit ratings.
- Financial aid is not to be used for paying credit card debt; it is only for school tuition and fees.
- To apply for federal student loans, scholarships and grants, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application early.
Online applications for fall incoming classes in the Doctor of Philosophy Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Degree Program are available through UC Davis Graduate Studies. Applications open each year in early October and close at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) Jan. 15.
Click on the link below to access additional application information. The document below provides essential information needed to complete the application process which is not included in the online UC Davis application. Follow the detailed instructions and note the helpful tips. It is important that you use these documents as a guide when completing your application.