PhD in Nursing Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester admission: Feb. 15
  • Spring semester admission: Oct. 15

Applications for the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing received after the above deadlines will be considered only on a space available basis. International applicants must adhere to published graduate school deadlines.

BSN-PhD Option Admission Requirements

Applicants to the PhD Program (Post-BSN Option) should meet the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 grading scale
  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an NLN- or CCNE-accredited program
  • Licensure as a registered nurse in Kentucky or in the state where clinicals will take place
  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) is optional but highly recommended; GRE scores are used for competitive funding opportunities, particularly those from the UK Graduate School
  • Three references attesting to the potential of the student for a scholarly career; at least one should be from a doctorally prepared nurse
  • Example of scholarly written work that demonstrates excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate clearly and logically; examples could include a publication or class paper
  • Goal statement that addresses short- and long-term academic, research and career goals; a self-evaluation of motivation, initiative and the potential for independent learning with specific examples of each; and examples of leadership experiences where initiative and self-motivation were important to success
  • Two faculty interviews arranged as part of the admission process
  • Admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School
  • Applicants who do not meet the above requirements are reviewed individually on a space-available basis.

Apply to the BSN-PhD

MSN-PhD Option Admission Requirements

Applicants to the PhD Program (Post MSN Option) should meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 grading scale
  • A master's degree in nursing from an NLN- or CCNE-accredited program
  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) is optional but highly recommended; GRE scores are used for competitive funding opportunities, particularly those from the UK Graduate School
  • Goal statement that addresses short- and long-term academic, research and career goals; a self-evaluation of motivation, initiative and the potential for independent learning with specific examples of each; and examples of leadership experiences where initiative and self-motivation were important to success
  • Three references; at least one should be from a doctorally prepared nurse
  • Two faculty interviews arranged as part of the admission process
  • Admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School

Apply to the MSN-PhD

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements are reviewed individually on a space-available basis.