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Online Ph.D. Requirements for Admission

Regulations governing admission to graduate study in nursing include those established by both the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Applicants to both the BSN to Ph.D. and MSN to Ph.D. programs are recommended to have:

  • A baccalaureate in nursing (BSN) from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.5 (A=4.0) from the undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution. Applicants who attended a BSN or MSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be a competitive applicant.
  • Documentation of current RN licensure in their state of residence.
  • Evidence of scholarship in nursing science (published article, thesis, written innovation, research report).
  • Curriculum Vita.
  • Personal statement summarizing immediate and long-term professional goals, motivation for doctoral study, and a proposed area of research (1-2 pages, 12 point font).
  • Three College of Graduate Studies reference forms and letters of reference that address research and scholarly potential and academic motivation.
  • Interviews with two nursing faculty (scheduled via videoconference or telephone after the complete application package is received). 
  • Computer literacy through experience or completed courses in  word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and presentation graphics.
  • Access to high speed Internet.
  • For Post MSN students: Completed masters level courses in nursing theory, research, and statistics.
  • For Post BSN students:  Completed undergraduate level courses in nursing theory, research, and statistics.
  • Note:  GRE scores are not required.
  • Applicants may submit other credentials which they believe reflect their abilities.
  • The reference form for transfer students must be signed by all applicants. Those who are currently or previously enrolled in a doctoral program must have the form completed by the director of the program from which they wish to transfer.

Acceptance decisions are made in March of each year for the fall admission, with notification mailed by April 1st.  Late applications (received after March 1st) will be considered on a space available basis after the April 1st notification mail out.  

Upon acceptance, all matriculated students are required to attend a one week campus residency.

International Applicants Due to the distance-education nature of this program, MUSC is unable to issue- I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those holding other valid U.S. visas will be accepted.

For more information, please contact:

PhD Program Coordinator

Telephone: (843) 792-3116
Fax: (843) 792-5395

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