Applying to the Nursing PhD Program

General Admission Requirements for Nursing PhD Program

 

To be admitted to the PhD program, applicant's must meet the admission standards of the Graduate School as well as other standards established by the graduate faculty in the School of Nursing.

In order to be considered for funding (including graduate assistantships and scholarships), applications are due December 31 of each year for admission beginning the following fall semester. Applications received after that date will be reviewed monthly. All applications must be received by June 15.

International students having earned a bachelor's or master’s degree outside of the U.S. require a minimum TOEFL score of 79 or a minimum IETLS score of 6.5. Additionally, a nursing license is required for admission along with eligibility for licensure in the state of Connecticut.

Post-Master’s to PhD Applicant Requirements

    • Application to the Graduate School of the University, which includes transcripts of all prior academic work.
    • A degree in nursing.
    • A master's degree from an accredited college or university.
    • Eligibility for a Connecticut RN license.
    • A cumulative master's grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
    • A "B" or better in graduate-level statistics.
    • A "B" or better in a graduate-level health policy course, or documented comparable experience.
    • If English is not your native language, TOEFL scores of 79 or greater cumulative and a minimum of 22 in speaking, 6.5 or higher on the IELTS test, 53 or higher on the PTE test, or a 100 or greater on the Duolingo test.
    • Submission of 3 recommendation letters. The School of Nursing PhD Admissions committee prefers that all 3 references be academic; however, at least 2 of the 3 references must be academic. Academic references, written by current or former professors, focus on the applicant’s academic ability, areas of strength, and suitability for the rigor of a PhD program of study. At least 1 of these academic references must be written by a professor at the school the applicant last attended.
    • An interview with UConn School of Nursing faculty.
    • A personal statement addressing candidate’s accomplishments, goals research interests, commitment, leadership, practice, professional involvement, and time-frame for degree completion. Be sure to indicate why you wish to study at UConn.
    • Select potential advisor from faculty directory.

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BS to PhD Applicant Requirements

    • Application to The Graduate School of the University, which includes transcripts of all prior academic work.
    • Eligibility for a Connecticut RN license.
    • A cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.25.
    • Submission of 3 recommendation letters. The School of Nursing PhD Admissions committee prefers that all 3 references be academic; however, at least 2 of the 3 references must be academic. Academic references, written by current or former professors, focus on the applicant’s academic ability, areas of strength, and suitability for the rigor of a PhD program of study. At least 1 of these academic references must be written by a professor at the school the applicant last attended.
    • A personal statement addressing candidate’s accomplishments, goals research interests, commitment, leadership, practice, professional involvement, and time-frame for degree completion. Be sure to indicate why you wish to study at UConn.
    • Description of career and educational experiences that have formed a focus and expertise in a selected area of nursing, and how applicant sees this background as a foundation for developing a scholarly pathway.
    • Submission of any published works or scholarly papers.
    • Select potential advisor from faculty directory.

Begin your Application