Applying to the PhD Program

The Graduate School Application

All applicants are required to complete the Graduate School online application.

The UK Graduate School is now part of the Hobson’s ApplyYourself Application Network, a system used by over 700 colleges and universities that allows you to submit all application requirements online. This includes an electronic process for letters of recommendation and uploading copies of unofficial transcripts. It allows applicants to monitor their application status and view receipt of supplemental materials.

A non-refundable fee is required for each application to the UK Graduate School. The application cannot be submitted without payment of this fee.

NOTE: If you previously submitted an application for the College of Nursing's PhD Program you must now resubmit all materials through the Graduate School’s online application process.

ApplyYourself Application Process

Through the ApplyYourself Application Network: 
First, you must set up a new account and establish a user name and password. Do not lose this information; you will need it if you wish to return to continue an unfinished application or review a completed application. Read this entire page regarding the process and requirements before establishing your new application.

This process is to be used ONLY by PhD applicants. Applicants to the DNP (clinical doctorate) Program DO NOT apply through ApplyYourself.

To complete the ApplyYourself application you will first need to gather several pieces of information including the following:

A. Unofficial Transcripts
The ApplyYourself application requires all applicants to upload unofficial transcripts from ALL previous colleges and universities they have attended, including the University of Kentucky. Failure to upload unofficial transcripts will result in an inability to complete and submit the online application.

To obtain a University of Kentucky transcript (unofficial or official) go to the registrar’s website for instructions:
(Scroll to the bottom of the resulting page for instructions on “unofficial transcripts.”)

B. Official Transcripts
If you are offered admission and subsequently enroll in graduate school at UK, you will then be required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School. Transcripts uploaded as part of the online process are NOT considered to be official. Official transcripts must be received by the University of Kentucky in a sealed envelope.

C. Test Scores
The Graduate Records Exam (GRE) is optional but highly recommended; GRE scores are used for competitive funding opportunities, particularly from the UK Graduate School. Official GRE scores should be sent directly to the University of Kentucky Graduate School from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The Institution Code for the GRE for the University of Kentucky Graduate School is 1837. You will also be asked to self-report these scores as part of the online application. In addition, as with GRE scores, official language scores must be sent to the University of Kentucky Graduate School directly from the reporting agency.

All applicants whose native language is not English will be asked to self-report one of these scores as part of the online application. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old.

TOEFL iBT 1837, Program Code 99 79
IELTS University of Kentucky Graduate School, Lexington, Kentucky 6.5 Overall Mean Band Score
Duolingo University of Kentucky Graduate School 115 (May be evaluated by an ESL professional)


D. Letters of Recommendation
As part of the application you will be asked to supply contact information for the three recommendations required by the College of Nursing. At least one recommendation should come from a doctorally prepared faculty member. 

E. Once your application has been submitted, the system will automatically contact each person identified, and their recommendations will be submitted directly to us. You can log in at any time to see who has submitted a recommendation.

Specific Application Requirements for the PhD in Nursing

Other materials to be uploaded as part of the complete online application process:

A. Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
Your CV should include education, licensures, certifications, work experience, honors and awards, and any publications or presentations of which you were author or coauthor.

B. Personal Statement/Goal Statement
In one-to-three double-spaced pages, discuss your reasons for seeking doctoral study, short- and long-term academic and career goals, and your area of research interest. Provide a self-evaluation of your motivation, initiative and the potential for independent learning; include an example of leadership experience where initiative and self-motivation were important to success.

Applicant Interviews

Applicants will be contacted by the College of Nursing to schedule interviews with two graduate faculty members once all required application materials and fees have been submitted.

Upon submission of all required application materials/credentials and completion of interviews with graduate faculty, the PhD Curriculum/Admissions Committee will review the applicant file and make an official recommendation regarding admission to the PhD Program in nursing. Admission decisions are made on a competitive basis.