Apply by January 15 for the fall semester
The University of Rochester School of Nursing uses a comprehensive, holistic review process during which each application receives individual consideration. For the PhD program, we seek applicants who:
For the MS-PhD in Nursing Combined Accelerated program we also seek applicants who clearly understand the master’s specialty role to which they are seeking admission.
Below, find details about how to successfully apply to the PhD in Nursing & Health Science program.
Please contact the Admissions Office with questions about the application process. We encourage you to schedule a virtual or in-person visit with an admissions counselor who can talk more about what you need for a successful application.
To be eligible for the PhD in Nursing & Health Science program, all applicants must:
Depending on which pathway you pursue, there may be additional eligibility requirements, which include:
To submit a complete application, applicants need to create an account and complete all sections of the online application, as well as upload or submit the following application materials:
Visit the Submitting a School of Nursing application page for details about how to submit official transcripts.
Official letters of recommendation are managed through the online application. Applicants submit references' names and contact information in the online application to generate a request for the letter of recommendation.
We advise applicants to connect with references prior to completing this information to confirm references can supply the letter of recommendation by the deadline.
A current resume or curriculum vitae should be uploaded into the application.
Official test results must be sent to the School of Nursing. The University of Rochester School of Nursing Code is 2928. GRE scores must be from exams taken within the past 5 years.
A writing sample is required for the PhD program. The writing sample provides additional insight on your scholarly writing ability. The sample needs to be written in English and may be a paper from past academic work. You may submit published works if you are the first, second, senior, or corresponding author. This document may be uploaded through your portal before you submit your application.
The goal of the PhD program is to prepare researchers who will contribute to knowledge that will enhance clinical practice. Graduates will assume leadership positions in academia and clinical research roles. The purpose of this statement is for you to provide information about yourself as well as to demonstrate your ability to express ideas clearly and logically in a grammatically correct format.
Please write a well-organized statement (which you may upload into the online application) describing:
TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores are required for international applicants who are non-native English speakers. Refer to our international applicants’ webpage for more information on minimum score requirements.
Once the application is completed, applicants will receive a request for interviews with PhD program faculty. We look forward to reviewing your application!Apply Now