There are two pathways to the PhD in Nursing:  BS to PhD and the Masters to PhD and  Masters to PhD option is open to nurses and non-nurses.   Completed Applications are due by March 15th.  Applicants must submit a completed application to Nursing CAS by the deadline date to be considered for admission.  Application status emails will be sent to the email provided on the application via Nursing CAS.

Admission Criteria

  • Applicant must have a master's degree in nursing or related health field (for post-master's option) or be a registered nurse with a BS degree (for the BS to PhD option)
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher

Requirements for Admission PhD Program

  •  Completed Application submitted to Nursing CAS refer to Nursing CAS Instructions.
  • Three letters of recommendation (including the attached recommendation form) are required. One recommendation must be from a recent supervisor who can evaluate your employment experience (current or previous); two recommendations should be academic references from persons who have academic doctoral degrees and can evaluate your academic potential must be submitted directly to Nursing CAS.
  • Resume uploaded to Nursing CAS
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent directly to Nursing CAS. Students obtaining a degree in a Foreign Country must have transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES) prior to applying for admission.
  • Personal Statement uploaded to Nursing CAS refer to Nursing CAS Instructions.for essay requirement.
  • One example of scholarly writing (i.e., publication, scholarly paper)
  • Clinical research focus that is congruent with that of a faculty member    
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test (submitted directly to the Graduate School of Nursing  from ETS (School Code 3947 Department code 0610)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required from international students who have not earned a degree in a country where English is the primary language.
  • Complete Graduate School of Nursing checklist, submit directly to the Graduate School of Nursing. (PRINT CHECKLIST)
  • A notarized proof of residency (all applicants, both Massachusetts Residents and non-residents, must submit) (PRINT FORM)


  • College Level Statistics Course

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