The MS in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership Program welcomes students from a range of disciplines such as dentistry, gerontology, medicine, nursing, nutrition, occupational and physical therapies, pharmacy, social work and other non-clinical professionals working in the healthcare industry. As you go through the application process, you will have an admissions advisor who will work with you to answer questions, assist you with the online application to ensure that you meet the application deadlines, and confirm that your application materials are complete.

The program’s admissions committee will review your application and determine your admission status. In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for acceptance into the program, the committee will consider your career and personal goals for entering the program, your work and volunteer experience, evidence of leadership, and the strength of your professional and academic references.

To be considered for admission an applicant must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Completion of an introductory course in statistics from a regionally accredited institution within the past 10 years
  • Minimum of six (6) months full-time professional or management experience within a healthcare environment
  • Proficiency in English. All applicants whose first language is not English must: 1) take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL,, UCSF code 4840) and achieve a minimum overall TOEFL score of 92 (Internet-based test), or 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test), or 2) demonstrate proficiency in English by completing one year of full-time study with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S, or 3) take the IELTS – the International English Language Testing System and achieve a minimum score of 7. Test scores are valid from these institutions for a maximum of two years from the test date.
  • Computer with a high-speed Internet connection and basic computer proficiency, particularly with regards to word processing and Internet skills

Non-US transcript evaluation

All applicants who have completed degrees and/or coursework outside of the United States must submit their transcript for validation and evaluation before they may be considered for admission. Start this process as soon as possible. The evaluation process can take several weeks up to several months. Non-English transcripts must be translated into English by a certified translator, and then evaluated.

Applicants may send their transcripts and credentials to any evaluation agency which requires submission of original transcripts and/or certificates directly from the education institution to the evaluation agency. The purpose of the evaluation is to verify that your degree/coursework is the equivalent to that of a U.S. Bachelor or Master's degree.

Evaluation agencies provide a variety of services. Be sure to request an evaluation that provides the following:

  • Lists all subjects/courses completed at the post-secondary level
  • Provides a U.S. semester credit and grade equivalent for each course
  • Provides a U.S. grade point average (GPA) for the Bachelor's, Master's, or their equivalents on a 4.0 scale, and
  • Designates the level (upper or lower) of each undergraduate course

In our experience, World Education Services [(415) 677-9378; (212) 966-6311; [email protected]] provides the information we need in a format that is useful for the admissions decision. However, applicants may choose to use any agency which meets our criteria and can perform an evaluation meeting the four points as mentioned above.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Online application
  • Official grade transcripts of undergraduate degree(s), any other degrees, and any courses completed. These can be sent electronically from the awarding institution to [email protected] or mailed to:

UCSF School of Nursing
MS HAIL Program
2 Koret Way, N505M
San Francisco CA 94143-6080

  • Resume
  • Three letters of reference are required. One must be from a former faculty or someone who can speak to your academic potential, a second from someone well acquainted with your professional preparation, experience and potential for leadership, and a third from an administrator within your healthcare organization.


Personal Statement

Discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue this graduate degree. Please include any educational, cultural, economic, family or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey.

Leadership & Career Goal Statement

Provide a brief description of your leadership and career goals and how participating in this graduate program will advance your goals. Please address components of leadership, change management and interprofessional teamwork that pertain to your career development.

Healthcare Focus Statement

Examine the four areas of focus on the program website and describe how knowledge and skills in these areas would foster your career. The four areas are health systems management, leadership & change, health services research and interprofessional practice.

Interprofessional Statement

Why is an interprofessional program the right choice for you?

Interprofessional Capstone Project Proposal
  1. Describe the problem that you will focus on for your evidence-based interprofessional capstone project.
  2. Describe the significance of investigating this problem for your organization.
  3. List key participant disciplines/roles that you believe are needed to be part of the interprofessional project team.
  4. Every organization has factors that facilitate or impede the process of accomplishing change. Please identify 2-3 organizational factors that might be barriers to effective planning or execution of your project. Please also identify 2-3 organizational factors that might facilitate the accomplishment of your project. Please be specific.
  5. Describe how this capstone project will advance your leadership and career goals.
  6. Describe your worksite mentor’s role in your interprofessional capstone project.

Application Deadlines

Completed applications are due seven (7) weeks prior to the start date for classes each quarter. Please check with your admissions advisor to confirm the application due date for the quarter in which you intend to enroll.

UCSF’s Commitment to Diversity

“Diversity is the key to excellence in healthcare.” The Sullivan Commission Report, 2004

The online MS in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership Program is committed to recruiting and preparing students from diverse backgrounds to become national and international leaders in healthcare. Read about UCSF PRIDE values here.

Student Disability Services (SDS)

UCSF is committed to providing all students equal access to all of its programs, services, and activities. Student Disability Services (SDS) is the campus office that works with students who have disabilities to determine and coordinate reasonable accommodations. Students who have, or think they may have, a disability are invited to contact SDS ([email protected]); or 415-476-6595) for a confidential discussion and to review the process for requesting accommodations in classroom and clinical settings. More information is available online at Accommodations are never retroactive; therefore students are encouraged to register with Student Disability Services as soon as they begin their programs. UCSF encourages students to engage in support seeking behavior via all of the resources available through Student Life, for consistent support and access to their programs.

Nondiscrimination Policy Statement

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy1, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services2. The University also prohibits sexual harassment.

This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.


1 Pregnancy includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.
2 Service in the uniformed services includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services.