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PhD Admissions

NursingCAS application process for admission cycle 2021 opens August 31, 2020.

Four pathways to PhD in Nursing

  • Graduate Entry Pathway to PhD
    • Admits students with a bachelor's degree in another field to become registered nurses then complete the PhD in Nursing for research careers as nurse scientists.
  • BS to PhD
    •  Admits students who are registered nurses with a bachelor's degree. The purpose if this option is to accelerate the research careers of nurse scientists.
  • Masters to PhD
    •  Admits students who are registered nurses with earned master's degrees; and non-nurses with a master's degree in a health-related field to receive a PhD in Nursing.
  • DNP to PhD
    • Admits students with a DNP degree to prepare them for a research career.

Admission Criteria

  • GRE's are not required
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Completed Applications submitted to Nursing CAS refer to Nursing CAS instructions for admission requirements. 
  • College Level Statistics Course
  • Interview with at least two PhD faculty
  • Complete Graduate School of Nursing checklist, submit directly to the Graduate School of Nursing.
  • A notarized proof of residency (all applicants, both Massachusetts Residents and non-residents, must submit) (PRINT FORM)

Additional Admission Criteria for Post DNP to PhD

  • DNP degree
  • Pre-Requisites:
    • Graduate course in Statistics/Data Analysis
    • Graduate course in Health Policy
    • Graduate course in Biomedical Informatics or equivalent
    • Proficiency using SPSS or other data analysis software is preferred (workshop may be required)
  • GRE's are not required
  • 2 letters of reference – 1 must be from the DNP project advisor or equivalent

For more information, please contact:
Nancy Morris, PhD, ANP
Professor, Director PhD Program