BS to PhD in Nursing

UConn Phd in Nursing Program

The School of Nursing offers entry into the PhD program for students holding a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. The option is intended for nurses who wish to focus their career on research, public policy, administration, history and/or nursing philosophy and theory. A student completes 9-12 credits at the masters level in preparation for PhD study. A nursing science course, at the undergraduate or graduate level, is highly recommended.

General Admission Requirements

  • Application to the Graduate School of the University, which includes transcripts of all prior academic work.
  • Eligibility for licensure as a registered nursing in Connecticut.
  • A cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.25.
  • Three reference letters that address the applicant’s level of commitment, leadership ability, clinical practice, professional involvement, and scholarly potential.
  • A personal statement addressing the candidate’s accomplishments, goals research interests, commitment, leadership, practice, professional involvement, and timeframe for degree completion.
  • Description of career and educational experiences that have formed a focus and expertise in a selected area of nursing, and how the applicant sees this background as a foundation for developing a scholarly pathway.
  • Submission of any published works or scholarly papers.