A nursing student working with a Simulation Lab mannequin

The UCLA School of Nursing continues to be one of the nation’s premiere graduate nursing schools, according to U.S. News & World Report’s newly released list of Best Nursing Schools for 2023. UCLA’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs ranked No. 19 nationally, and No. 2 in California.

“We are incredibly proud to once again be ranked among the best nursing graduate schools in the country,” said Lin Zhan, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing. “These rankings are a testament to the steadfast work of our faculty and staff, and the impact our graduates have in their communities every day.”

Two of UCLA Nursing’s MSN degree programs are included in the overall ranking — the Master's Entry Clinical Nurse (MECN) degree, designed to prepare students who possess a baccalaureate degree in another discipline for a nursing career, and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) program, which prepares nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists for national certification in specialty areas such as pediatrics and adult gerontology acute care. Both the MECN and APRN are two-year programs.

UCLA’s Family Nurse Practitioner program is ranked separately at No. 15, tied with New York University.

U.S. News & World Report collects graduate school data annually and ranks programs based on a variety of indicators, including peer assessment, student-faculty ratio, research funding and more. Nearly 200 graduate schools from across the United States were surveyed for this year’s rankings.

Click here to see the complete list of Best Nursing Schools.

Click here to see the complete list of Family Nurse Practitioner program rankings.