PhD in Nursing


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  • PhD in Nursing Admission Information

    Admission criteria

    Individuals seeking admission to the PhD in Nursing program must meet the general admission requirements and technical standards for admission for the School of Graduate Studies, as well as the following:

    • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale;
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) minimum combined score (verbal and quantitative sections) of 300 and an analytical score of 3.5. (Preparing and reviewing for the GRE is strongly encouraged.);
    • A BSN and a master's degree in nursing or related field. Prospective students who do not have a BSN, but have basic nursing preparation at the ADN or diploma level, should schedule an appointment with the program director for consultation. 
    • Eligibility for RN licensure in Mississippi;
    • Three letters of reference;
    • A personal interview with one or more faculty members.
    For a list of additional academic policies and regulations, including those pertaining to admission compliance, orientation, registration and examinations, please click here.
      Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

        International applicants

        Applicants, whose native language is not English and/or who have completed their tertiary education primarily outside of the USA, must submit official scores of the TOEFL, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-A) as evidence of English language proficiency.

        TOEFL  — Internet-Based Test (IBT)
        79 or higher

        TOEFL  — Paper-Based Test (PBT) 

        550 or higher

        IELTS

        6.5 overall band score of higher

        PTE-A
         53 or higher  

        However, this requirement may be waived for students who are currently enrolled at a college or university in the United States and/or who demonstrate a proficiency in written and spoken English following a personal interview. Admission of a student to a graduate program must be approved by the program director and by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences. No individual may enroll in graduate-level courses without proper approval and notification from the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.

        International applicants must have transcripts evaluated in a course-by-course report from World Education Services (WES) at http://www.wes.org/index.asp. Prerequisites are required by certain programs, and these may be determined by contacting the specific program to which the applicant desires admission.

        GRE test scores

        Applicants are required to have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within five years of the PhD admission application deadline. For more information about the GRE, visit http://www.ets.org/gre or call (609) 771-7670.

        More information about the GRE can be found on the following websites: