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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

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Ph.D. Admission

Admission Criteria

Post-Master’s Option

  1. Completion of a master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program is required. Prerequisite preparation must include the following courses:
    • Basic Statistics—3 credit hours
    • Analysis of Variance—3 credit hours
  2. Preference is given to students with 3.25 grade-point averages for the master’s degree in nursing.
  3. Required Graduate Record Examination scores are 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative sections and at least 5 on the analytical writing section (or a score of 1,500 on the 3-part GRE, if taken before October 2002).
  4. Potential for leadership and scholarship in nursing should be demonstrated.
  5. A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.
  6. For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language or the International English Language Testing System taken within the last 2 years is required. See KUMC Graduate Studies for information.

Post-Baccalaureate Option

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program is required.
  2. Satisfactory completion of the following courses:
    • Basic Statistics—3 credit hours
    • Analysis of Variance—3 credit hours
  3. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Required Graduate Record Examination scores are 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative sections and at least 5 on the analytical writing section (or a score of 1,500 on the 3-part GRE, if taken before October 2002).
  5. Potential for leadership and scholarship in nursing should be demonstrated.
  6. A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.
  7. For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language or the International English Language Testing System taken within the last 2 years is required. See KUMC Graduate Studies for information.

Applicants who do not meet the admission criteria for regular admission status may be considered on an individual basis for provisional admission status as either degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking students.

See also Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

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