Graduate Programs

Click on any of the program links below to learn more about the admissions requirements for each.

College of Science and Health

Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Health Disparities

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Health Disparities is grounded in the University's tradition of addressing the health and education needs of underserved populations. CDU's MPH degree features an academically rigorous environment uniquely focused on the urban socioenvironmental determinants of health.  

All applications for the MPH program must be submitted through the centralized application system SOPHAS. Applications are reviewed once they have been VERIFIED by SOPHAS and it is confirmed that all required documents have been submitted. Priority consideration is given to those who submit a VERIFIED SOPHAS application by March 1 of the application year.

Application Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university (see below requirements for international students)
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary schools attended
  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic/professional)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal Goal Statement:
    • Please explain why you would like to become a student at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. How does the completion of a degree at CDU offer you an opportunity to assist an underserved community?
    • Statement must be two three pages typed (double-spaced, maximum 750 words)

For International Students: 
We do not require a separate application or additional fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the admissions requirements as outlined above. 
Application Requirements for all applicants submitting coursework outside of the USA:

  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores must be submitted prior to any offer of acceptance

    • All international applicants whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL
    • A minimum total score of 80
    • The scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the office of Enrollment Management (admissionsinfo@cdrewu.edu)
    • Only the internet-based test TOEFL exam will be accepted
  • Coursework completed outside the US must be evaluated for US course equivalency from one of the following services:(course-by-course evaluation required):
    • World Education Services (WES)
    • Josef Silny & Associates (JSA)
    • Global Credential Evaluators (GCE)
    • International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
    • Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
    • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, International Education Service (AACRAO IES)

If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our Office of International Affairs will be able to assist you. You can contact CDU's Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Director, Office of International Affairs Dr. Lejeune Lockett lejeunelockett@cdrewu.edu or (323) 357-3458.

Master of Health Science, Physician Assistant

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The Master of Health Science, Physician Assistant recruits students who believe in the importance of sharing medical knowledge to benefit the global community, and will provide students with the skills necessary to become exemplary medical providers. Students will learn and acquire clinical skills in a variety of healthcare settings and will obtain experience in disease management, disease prevention and health promotion.

Please click here for Physician Assistant Program application and admission information

Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences

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The Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences one-year degree program is designed to give you a solid command of biomedicine, medical informatics and translational science, as well as ensure that you'll be well-prepared to address the challenges posed by domestic and international health disparities. 

PostBacCAS
CDU has switched to a new centralized application system for the 2018-2019 application cycle. All applications and supporting materials should be completed and submitted through PostBacCAS.

Application Requirements:

  • A Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college/Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary schools attended
  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • One of the following admission exams with a minimum score of:
    • MCAT: 24, MCAT 2015 Score 498
    • GRE: 300
    • DAT: 18
    • PCAT: 70
    • OAT: 300 
  • Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better prior to matriculation.
    • General Chemistry with lab:  1 year or 8 units
    • General Biology with lab:  1 year or 8 units
    • Physics  with lab:  1 year  or 8 units
    • Organic Chemistry with lab:  1 year or 8 units
    • Calculus or statistics 1 semester  or 3 units
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic/professional) - Recommendation form is required
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal Goal Statement:
    • Please explain why you would like to become a student at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. How does the completion of a degree at CDU offer you an opportunity to assist an underserved community?
    • Statement must be 2-3 pages typed (double-spaced, maximum 750 words)

For International Students: 
We do not require a separate application or additional fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the admissions requirements as outlined above. 
Application Requirements for all applicants submitting coursework outside of the USA:

  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores must be submitted prior to any offer of acceptance

    • All international applicants whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL
    • A minimum total score of 80
    • The scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the office of Enrollment Management (admissionsinfo@cdrewu.edu)
    • Only the internet-based test TOEFL exam will be accepted
  • Coursework completed outside the US, must be evaluated for US course equivalency from one of the following services (course-by-course evaluation required):
    • World Education Services (WES)
    • Josef Silny & Associates (JSA)
    • Global Credential Evaluators (GCE)
    • International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
    • Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
    • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, International Education Service (AACRAO IES)

If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our Office of International Affairswill be able to assist you. You can contact CDU’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Director, Office of International Affairs Dr. Lejeune Lockett lejeunelockett@cdrewu.edu or (323) 357-3458

Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing - Entry Level Master's Program

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The Master of Science in Nursing - Entry Level Master's Program is designed for applicants holding a baccalaureate from other fields.  This allows pre-licensure nursing students to study basic nursing knowledge and science at the graduate level concurrently with graduate core content to prepare for licensure as a registered nurse. Students graduating from the ELM track will be able to assume the role of a direct provider of care, nursing and administrator or nursing faculty member. 

Application Requirements:

  • $50 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • A Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college/university (see below requirements for international students)
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary schools attended
  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Applies to Cumulative GPA
    • Applies to Science GPA
  • Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” (Science prerequisite courses “B” or better) or better prior to matriculation. *Science prerequisite courses must be taken within (7) years of the submission of application.
    • English (3 units)
    • Sociology (3 units)
    • Psychology (3 units)*
    • Nutrition (3 units)
    • Human Anatomy with lab (4 units)*
    • Human Physiology with lab (4 units)*
    • Microbiology with lab (4 units)*
    • Statistics (3 units)
    • Speech/ Communication (3 units)
  • Official HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam

    • Minimum of 75% overall cumulative and individual module score
    • Distance Testing Department ID: 201622
    • HESI Admission Assessment Exam Guidelines
      CLICK HERE to register for an upcoming HESI exam at CDU
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic/professional) - Recommendation form is required

    • Click here for the Recommendation Form
    • Recommendations should address the following areas: 
      • A. Relationships with work (paid or voluntary) associates
      • B. Work competence
      • C. Communication and interpersonal skills with persons of diverse backgrounds
      • D. Leadership skills or potential
      • E. Values, ethical standards, responsibility and initiative
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Interviews:
    • Selected applicants will be invited to continue the application process by participating in a n in-person or virtual interview (selected applicants will be contacted by phone or email)

For International Students: 
We do not require a separate application or additional fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the admissions requirements as outlined above. 
Application Requirements for all applicants submitting coursework outside of the USA

  • Coursework completed outside the US must be evaluated for US course equivalency from one of the following services (course-by-course evaluation required):
    • World Education Services (WES)
    • Josef Silny & Associates (JSA)
    • Global Credential Evaluators (GCE)
    • International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
    • Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
    • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, International Education Service (AACRAO IES)

If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our Office of International Affairswill be able to assist you. You can contact CDU’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Director, Office of International Affairs Dr. Lejeune Lockett lejeunelockett@cdrewu.edu or (323) 357-3458

Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner Program

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The Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses to manage the care of individuals and families. The NP Program is designed for nurses holding baccalaureate degrees who are interested in completing course requirements leading to a graduate degree in nursing. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the NP national certification examinations through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Application Requirements:

  • $50 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited college/university (see below requirements for international students)
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary schools attended
  • Current unrestricted RN License to practice professional nursing in the state of California or current state of practice
  • A minimum of one year of work experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better prior to matriculation
    • Statistics (3 units)
  • Proof of Computer Proficiency (word processing and internet based skills)
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic/professional) - Recommendation form is required

    • Click here for the Recommendation Form
    • Two letters of recommendation must be from a current or past nursing supervisor/ manager
    • Recommendations should address the following areas: 
      • A. Relationships with work (paid or voluntary) associates
      • B. Work competence
      • C. Communication and interpersonal skills with persons of diverse backgrounds
      • D. Leadership skills or potential
      • E. Values, ethical standards, responsibility and initiative
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal Goal Statement:
    • Please explain why you would like to become a student at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. How does the completion of a degree at CDU offer you an opportunity to assist an underserved community?
    • Statement must be 2-3 pages typed (double-spaced, maximum 750 words)

For International Students: 
We do not require a separate application or additional fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the admissions requirements as outlined above. 
Application Requirements for all applicants submitting coursework outside of the USA:

If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our Office of International Affairswill be able to assist you. You can contact CDU’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Director, Office of International Affairs Dr. Lejeune Lockett lejeunelockett@cdrewu.edu or (323) 357-3458

Master of Science in Nursing- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PscyhNP Track)

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Psych/Mental Health
The 60-credit PsychNP Master of Science in Nursing Track, which is completed through full-time study in a preceptor clinical settings, provides a flexible, executive-education format in which the theoretical content of all courses is taught in two weekend sessions per month each semester. The remainder of each semester is taught using both a face-to-face and web-enhanced pedagogical approach for student/faculty collaboration, faculty presentations, and clarification of theoretical content. All clinical courses are offered as immersion practicum experiences, conducted in faculty approved, in-person, in a preceptor clinical settings. The following course sequence is required for this curriculum of study: Students are admitted to this track as a cohort in the Summer, Spring, or Fall semester.
Application Requirements:

  • $50 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited college/university (see below requirements for international students)
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary schools attended
  • Current unrestricted RN License to practice professional nursing in the state of California or current state of practice
  • A minimum of one year of work experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better prior to matriculation
  • Statistics (3 units)
  • Proof of Computer Proficiency (word processing and internet based skills)
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic/professional) - Recommendation form is required

    • Click here for the Recommendation Form
    • Two letters of recommendation must be from a current or past nursing supervisor/ manager
    • Recommendations should address the following areas: 
      • A. Relationships with work (paid or voluntary) associates
      • B. Work competence
      • C. Communication and interpersonal skills with persons of diverse backgrounds
      • D. Leadership skills or potential
      • E. Values, ethical standards, responsibility and initiative
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal Goal Statement:
    • Please explain why you would like to become a student at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. How does the completion of a degree at CDU offer you an opportunity to assist an underserved community?
    • Statement must be 2-3 pages typed (double-spaced, maximum 750 words)

For International Students: 
We do not require a separate application or additional fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the admissions requirements as outlined above. 
Application Requirements for all applicants submitting coursework outside of the USA:

If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our Office of International Affairswill be able to assist you. You can contact CDU’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Director, Office of International Affairs Dr. Lejeune Lockett lejeunelockett@cdrewu.edu  or (323) 357-3458

College of Medicine

Charles R. Drew/UCLA PRIME Program

Click here for information about the Charles R. Drew/UCLA PRIME Program

Required Pre-Medical Educational Requirements 
Required Premedical Courses

  • Biology – One year of college Biology with a laboratory component. Recommended courses to meet the Biology requirement include: Cell Biology, Genetics, Embryology, Histology and Anatomy.
  • Chemistry - Two years of college Organic Chemistry with a laboratory component, including at least one course in Inorganic Chemistry or Quantitative Analysis (Biochemistry is highly recommended).
  • English – One year of English Composition, Literature or other courses emphasizing reading comprehension. Remedial English courses will not be considered in meeting this requirement.
  • Physics - One year of college Physics with a laboratory components.
  • Mathematics – One year of college mathematics including at least one course in Calculus and Statistics.

Application Process

  • Completion of Premedical course requirements.
  • The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) (www.aamc.org./students/amcas/start.htm) application and supporting documents must be completed and submitted to AMCAS no later than November 15 of the year preceding anticipated entry.
  • The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) should be taken in September of the year prior to entry. The MCAT examination should be completed no more than three years prior to matriculation. For more information concerning the examination and tests dates please consult the MCAT (www.aamc.org/students/mcat/) website
  • After initial review by the Admissions Committee, a secondary application is sent to a select number of applicants. The secondary application allows prospective students to describe their activities related to the institutional mission. There is a $70 processing fee for the secondary application. Fee waivers are granted with approval of the Admissions Committee Chair and a copy of the AMCAS fee waiver documentation.
  • Three letters of recommendation or a composite report from a professional advisory committee of the student’s college or university must be submitted in support of the secondary application. Two letters of recommendation must be from a professor and/or academic advisor and one recommendation from someone well acquainted with the student’s personal characteristics.
  • Interview with the Admissions Committee.

Advance Standing/Transfer Students
Admission is granted to the first year only. The Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program does not accept transfer or advanced standing students.