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  • PhD in Nursing Science Admission Information

    Admission criteria

    Individuals seeking admission to the doctoral program must meet the following requirements.

    • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within the last five years.
    • 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. 
    • Evidence of an unrestricted/unencumbered nursing license as a registered nurse in the United States or one of its territories and eligibility for licensure in the state of Mississippi.
    • Completion of at least one research course and one statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level.
    • All candidates are subject to a criminal-history background check as mandated by the state of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Students will be fingerprinted upon admission to the program.
    • To be successful in the PhD in Nursing Science program, students must be fluent in computer use. Applicants should be familiar with the use of basic computing, including, but not limited to, the Internet, search engines, browsers and instructional computer systems (Blackboard or Web CT), as well as publicly available research databases (PubMed, CINAHL, Psych, etc.).

    CPR certification classes are available to students who have been accepted to the UMMC nursing programs. For more information, please click here.

    Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

    How to apply

    PhD in Nursing Science students may be admitted two times during the academic year. The application deadline for fall admission is June 1; the spring admission deadline is October 1. If the application deadline is on a weekend, then the application deadline is on the first business day of the month.

    Applications are available online beginning July 1, one year prior to the year of admission. Applications received less than two weeks prior to the deadline cannot be assured of adequate time for notification of any missing or incomplete documents.

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    • A complete application;
    • Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE ®), taken within the last five years; 
    • A nonrefundable $25 application fee paid by credit card or by check, made payable to the University of Mississippi Medical Center;
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, submitted to the Office of Student Records and Registrar;
    • Curriculum vitae or professional résumé; 
    • Personal interview; 
    • Letters of reference from three individuals.

    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


    6.5 overall band score of higher

     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 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 or call (609) 771-7670.

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

    Additional information for applicants

    • All transcripts become the property of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another school or individual. Transcripts must be sent directly by the school to the Office of Student Records and Registrar.
      • Office of Student Records and Registrar  
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        2500 N. State St.
        Jackson, MS 39216-4505
    • Facsimile documents will not be accepted.
    • Transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Student Records and Registrar at the end of each semester until all prerequisite requirements are completed.
    • Report any name, address or phone number change to the Office of Student Records and Registrar.
    • Do not send application materials to the School of Nursing.
    • All grades, including failing grades and grades on repeat courses, are used to calculate preadmission grade point averages.
    • The applicant is responsible for notifying the Office of Student Records and Registrar of all changes to the plan of study.
    • Out-of-state tuition charges apply for all applicants that live outside the state of Mississippi.

    For more information

    If you have questions regarding the application process, please call (601) 815-0124 or (601) 815-9310.