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Ph.D. in Nursing Science Admission Requirements

Regulations governing admission to graduate study are established by the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina.

State Authorization Information

Due to various Department of Education and state higher education regulations, MUSC College of Nursing PhD online program is currently only authorized to enroll students residing in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

We regret that the current regulations prevent us from offering our high quality distance education program to students in all states at this time. However, please know that we will be exploring mechanisms to address these restrictions and will post any updates on this site. 

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Nursing Science program are required to have:

  • A baccalaureate in nursing (BSN) from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE.
  • Non-nurses with related health care experience can apply.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.5 (A=4.0) from the undergraduate and/or graduate degree-granting institution. Applicants who attended a program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be a competitive applicant.
  • For nurses, documentation of current RN licensure in the state of residence.
  • Evidence of scholarship (published article, thesis, written innovation).
  • 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 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 and reviewed.
  • Computer literacy through experience or completed courses in word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and presentation graphics.
  • Access to high speed Internet.
  • Recently completed a graduate level statistics course (within 3 years) or ability to complete a graduate statistics course before the program start.
  • Note:  GRE scores are not required.
  • Applicants may submit other credentials 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 March of each year for the fall admission, with notification mailed by April 1st.  Upon acceptance, all matriculated students are required to attend a one-week campus residency held in July.

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.

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