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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Eligibility and Admissions

Eligibility Requirements

The following admissions criteria for the doctoral program have been developed:

  1. Completion of a BSN or master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program is required. Prerequisite preparation must include a course in Analysis of Variance (3 cr.)
  2. Preference is given to those who have a 3.5 gpa in the BSN program (applying to the BSN/PHD program) or 3.25 gpa in the master's program (applying to the post-master's PHD program).
  3. A score of 1000 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam and at least 5 on the Analytical Writing section (or a score of 1500 on the three part GRE, if taken prior to October 2002).
  4. Potential for leadership and scholarship in nursing should be demonstrated.
  5. In the case of international applicants, TOEFL or IELTS scores will be considered.

Application Deadlines

The deadlines for receipt of completed applications are December 1 for summer semester and September 1 for the spring semester (only if space is available). Although most students will begin during a summer session, applications may be reviewed twice a year in case there are opening in the class. Approximately eight weeks should be allowed for this two-stage process.

How to Apply

All applicants must submit the following items to the school by the application deadline:

  • Graduate application to the School of Nursing, online at
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee (submitted as part of online application),
  • Official transcripts of all academic work taken toward the bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing,
  • Graduate Record Examination aptitude scores,
  • References from three doctorally prepared individuals who are able to attest to the applicant's ability to engage in scholarly activity (At least one reference should be from the applicant's nursing program.)
  • A statement of career goals and research interests,
  • An application vitae formatted in the application vitae requirements document PDF document (image),
  • Evidence of current licensure as a professional nurse in one state. (may be waived if the applicant is an international student who will not be engaging in patient care while in the program),

After the Application has been Submitted

The admissions committee of the School of Nursing will review the materials submitted as a part of the application and candidates will be selected to progress to the second stage of the review. These candidates will be contacted by e-mail and asked to respond in writing to a specific set of questions. A very short time frame will be allowed for the receipt of the responses. The responses will be reviewed by the admissions committee, and candidates will be informed of the decisions of the committee as soon as possible.

BSN-to-PhD Program Option

Students may apply to the PhD program after completing the baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing. This post-baccalaureate entry option is for exceptionally well-qualified BSN graduates whose career goals are research-oriented, and those who wish to progress as rapidly as possible toward the PhD in nursing. This program requires completion of a minimum of 72 credit hours, including dissertation.

Students do not necessarily earn a master's degree. However, students who want a clinical focus for their research may develop their program around an advanced practice focus, complete the MS degree and seek ARNP status.

Empirics 17 cr.
Theory 9 cr.
Leadership in Nursing 13 cr.
Statistics 6 cr.
Dissertation 15 cr.
Minor 11 cr. for Non-Advanced Practice Option, 25-31 credit hours for Advanced Practice Option
Total: 71 credit hours, Non-Advanced Practice Option, 85-91 credit hours for advanced Practice Option

Questions? Contact Us!

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Office of Student Affairs
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3901 Rainbow Blvd. 
Kansas City, KS 66160

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