PhD Application Process

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.

PhD Admission Requirements

Applicants to the PhD Program should meet the following minimum 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 research will take place.  International students do not need licensure as a registered nurse in Kentucky.
  • 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.

How to Apply 

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