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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing


Frequently asked questions

Q:  Will the Ph.D. and M.S. degree programs accommodate working students through evening and weekend classes, part-time status or through an online program?
A:  The Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program is a full-time program for both doctoral and master’s degree students.  Full-time students at UC Davis take a minimum of 12 units per quarter, for fall, winter and spring quarters. While the program is full time, to allow for appropriate work-life balance and encourage working nurses to pursue graduate education, Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership core courses are clustered and are primarily offered all day on Fridays at the Education Building at UC Davis Health System in Sacramento. Other required and elective courses are offered on a variety of days on both the Sacramento and Davis campuses. Some of the elective courses are offered online. Additional fees will apply for online electives. Click here for more information about the curriculum.

Q: How much will the M.S. and Ph.D. programs cost?
A:  Tuition and fees for the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program is set by the University of California Board of Regents and is subject to change. Tuition is based on residency as well as degree type (i.e. academic or professional). Click here for more information on UC Davis student fees.

Q: Is financial aid available?
A: Each student admitted to the master's and doctoral degree programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing receives generous financial support for tuition/fees and additional expenses. This generous financial support for graduate nursing students is made possible by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s $100 million commitment to the school and additional scholarship sources. Click here for more information on financial aid at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Financial aid for graduate study at UC Davis is available in several forms. There are different procedures for applying for each type of financial assistance. It is essential that you apply as early as possible for financial support. All Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership students are encouraged to seek a variety of forms of financial support. For more information, visit UC Davis Health System Financial Aid Office.

Q: What information do you have for international applicants?
A: International applicants should visit the Office of Graduate Studies International Students website.

Q: How do I obtain good quality letters of recommendation?
A: Letters of recommendation are a crucial part of the application process for the School of Nursing. Both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs require three letters as part of the application process. Recommendation letters must be written by professors, employers or others who know you well enough to describe your work and/or academic potential with authority. Letters may not be written by family members or friends. Visit UC Davis Advising Services and the UC Davis Internship and Career Center for more information about requesting letters of recommendation.

Q:  I’m interested in undergraduate degrees in nursing. What should I do?
A: The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis will offer programs at all levels of nursing, beginning with graduate studies in fall 2010. By starting with graduate studies, the school will establish its research programs while also immediately addressing the need for additional nursing faculty. Prelicensure programs, such as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, will be phased in over the coming years. If you’re interested in an undergraduate degree in nursing, please join our email list to receive updates on program development. You can also learn about other prelicensure nursing programs by visiting the UC Davis Center for Nursing Education and click on the Professional Connections link to learn more. 

Q:  I’m interested in clinical nursing graduate education at UC Davis. What should I do?
A: Contact the Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician’s Assistant Program at UC Davis at www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/fnppa.

Q: What happens if I do not get admitted?
A: We have tried to simplify the process and provide you information about how to put forward the best possible application for our program.  If you are not accepted, you will receive an email from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing as well as an official denial letter from the Office of Graduate Studies. Due to volume, we do not have the resources to offer individualized feedback to each applicant. Many people who apply to graduate school, especially for the first time, do not get accepted. Realistic goals and back-up plans are always a good idea.

We congratulate everyone who took the plunge and applied to graduate school to pursue advanced research. It is a big commitment over quite a long duration and we applaud you for taking this major step.