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Admission Information

Ph.D. Admission Requirements

The admission process aims to identify individuals who have a high probability of successfully completing the degree program. All factors are considered in the admissions process and decision. Specific requirements include the following

  1. One of the following options:
    1. BS.N. entry: a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from a program that is nationally accredited;
    2. MS.N. entry: a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree and a master’s in nursing degree from nationally accredited programs;
    3. non-M.S.N. master’s entry: a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from a nationally accredited program and a master’s degree in another discipline;
    4. DN.P. entry:  a Doctor of Nursing practice degree from a nationally accredited program.
  2. GRE General Test Scores (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytic writing) completed within the past 5 years (exempted for D.N.P. entry);
  3. Transcripts of all previous college studies;
  4. Registered nurse licensure in South Carolina or eligibility for S.C. licensure or possession of an unencumbered license in the location in which the research will occur;
  5. Completed application to The Graduate School with the College of Nursing supplement;
  6. Potential for scholarship in nursing science as evidenced by the following:
    1. Two or three examples of scholarly work, g., research reports, published articles, thesis, course papers, and written innovations;
    2. Written statement of career goals including area of research interest and potential faculty mentors;
    3.  Three letters of reference from individuals that address research and scholarship potential;
    4. Interview with two nursing graduate faculty members;
    5. Resume or CV.

Ph.D. Program Frequently Asked Questions

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Change of Program or Major

After the student has been admitted to a PhD program, the program or major may be changed. Both the existing Program Director and the Program Director from the “new” program must approve this transfer. Some graduate programs require essays and/or interviews; this is up to the discretion of the “new” program.  Requests will be evaluated on a space available basis and may require a delay in the program of study.   

If both Program Directors approve the transfer, the Update Request Form (URF) must be submitted to the Graduate School.   Along with Update Request Form, current students will submit new recommendations and updated goal statement for the new program requested.  Students who missed a semester may also need to submit an updated nursing license and update CastleBranch information.  There may be additional program specific requirements.  (Alert: submission of this form puts a hold on registration and suspends the existing program of study.)


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