University of San Diego

San Diego, CA 92110

University of San Diego is a private, not for profit institution, located in San Diego, California. It offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

The total number of students who applied in FALL 2016 was 14,413 and 7,406 students were accepted.

University of San Diego's in-state tuition for academic year 2016-2017 was $45,540 and fees $600. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $45,540 and $600 respectively.


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate87%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. Doctoral degrees (DNP, BSN to DNP, PhD, BSN to PhD)
  2. BSN
  3. Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  4. Family Nurse Practitioner
  5. Accelerated MSN

    The University of San Diego Master of Science emphasizes advanced focus in nursing in theory, practice and research.

    The faculty of the USD nursing program work to maintain strong research program allowing the school to be awarded the largest research grant in the history of the University. The Nursing Clinical Simulation Laboratory is the only one of its kind in the state of California allowing students to experience expert clinical practice utilizing cutting edge technology.

    The program offers seven areas of emphasis Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dual Adult-Gerontology Nurse, Executive Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Leader, Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner/ Family Nurse Practitioner, Dual Pediatric and Family/Lifespan, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Health Care Informatics.

    Three MSN options are also offered in Mind-Body-Spirit Health Care option, the Latino Health Care Option and Nursing Education.

    The post BSN DNP program is also offered for Registered Nurses who are interested in preparing for primary care. The program is a 3 year full time program with part time study options available.

    The curriculum ranges from 78 semester credits to 91 semester credits depending upon the concentration of study and prior courses taken.

    Students who complete the program will be eligible to apply for national board certification. 
    The School of Nursing and Health Science accepts students to the Master of Science in Nursing Program for enrollment in the both the spring and fall semesters. 


  6. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)

    The University of San Diego Master of Science in Nursing, program is intended for students who possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The curriculum for the MSN program focuses on theory, practice and research.

    The MSN program offers a range of options including Health Care Informatics, Executive Nurse Leader, Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner, Dual Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner, Family/Lifespan Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner.

    The program requires core courses for all specialties designed to prepare students in their area. The program consists of 78-91 semester credits adding up to three years of full time study with part time study options available as necessary. The program is a campus based program with classes offered one or two days a week. Clinical experiences are tailored to the specific needs of the various options.

    Students who successfully graduate from the program will be eligible for national board certification.

    Admission Requirements

    1. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited college and university
    2. Minimum grade point average of 3.0
    3. Successful completion of basic statistics per-requisite course
    4. Applicants with professional experience will be preferred 


Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 17
Nursing Practice Master's degree 7
Clinical Nurse Leader Master's degree 51
Nursing Science Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 16
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 18

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from University of San Diego

Point Loma Nazarene University
5.41 miles away
National University
10.06 miles away
Brandman University
69.64 miles away
Concordia University-Irvine
70.71 miles away
Vanguard University of Southern California
74.02 miles away
California Baptist University
81.06 miles away
Loma Linda University
88.45 miles away
Biola University
91.69 miles away
Western University of Health Sciences
94.5 miles away
Homestead Schools
98.08 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
03/31/1956 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
11/02/2009 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
03/03/2000 - 02/01/2014
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
03/03/2000 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading540 to 650
SAT: Math560 to 660
SAT: Writing540 to 650
ACT Composite26 to 30
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$23,449
30k to 48k$24,637
48k to 75k$28,248
75k to 110k$32,528
Over 110k$42,821
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,570.00 $1,570.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,415.00 $1,415.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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