PhD in Nursing Program Admissions

Requirements for Admission

Admission to the PhD in Nursing program is based on an overall appraisal of the applicant’s ability to undertake doctoral study and of their potential contributions to nursing science.

Application Deadline: March 1st (Rolling Admissions)

Prerequisite: college level statistics course

Applications to the PhD program will be considered complete when all of the following have been received:

  • completed application via NursingCAS;
  • application fee made payable to the University of Massachusetts;
  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, reflecting a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better;
  • unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse; (Massachusetts license is required before a student can participate in any clinical or research-related activities in Massachusetts);
  • A master’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or related field. If the master’s degree is not in nursing, the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and demonstrate a history of recent advanced nursing experience;
  • acceptable verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE, taken within the past five years;
  • three letters of recommendation. One must be from a recent supervisor who can evaluate employment experience and two should be academic references;
  • one example of scholarly writing (i.e., publication, scholarly paper);
  • application statement;
  • clinical research focus that is congruent with that of a faculty member; and
  • participation in an admission interview.

For More Information Contact:  Carol Bova PhD,RN,   PhD Program Director,, (508) 856-1848