What makes our program distinguished?

The College of Nursing offers entry into the PhD program for students holding a bachelor’s degree in Nursing or health-related field from a professionally accredited or approved program. This option is designed to promote knowledge development for reflective, theory-based, and research-guided nursing practice.


Applicants must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in Nursing or health-related field from a professionally accredited program with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (4.0 scale) for all previous graduate course work;
  • completion of a graduate-level statistics course (within the last five years) with a grade of B or higher;
  • Graduate Record Exam/GRE results are required for applicants with an undergraduate and graduate GPA below a 3.20 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School. Visit the GRE website for more information about preparation and registration.
Application Process

All applicants must apply through the Graduate School’s application system, and upload the following:

  • a non-refundable application fee;
  • unofficial transcripts from each academic institution attended where at least nine (9) or more credits were attempted or completed from each school. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts after an admission offer is accepted;
  • current Curriculum Vitae;
  • three (3) different people who are willing to submit a reference for you that are knowledgeable about your academic experience and potential for graduate study in nursing;
  • a written statement prepared by the applicant of previous professional experience, personal career goals, research interests, motivation for PhD study, and educational objectives to be accomplished in the program;
  • recommendations from at least three (3) people who have known the applicant in a professional capacity.
  • Two (2) examples of original work that demonstrate the applicant’s academic potential.
  • A conversation with a faculty member is required as part of the application process. A telephone conversation or visual on-line (e.g. Zoom, Skype) video meeting may be used when travel is prohibitive.

For More Information

Jennifer Daood
Doctoral Programs
Senior Advisor