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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.

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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
  • 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
  • All PhD applicants (post-BSN & post-MSN) must have taken an undergraduate or graduate statistics course within 5 years otherwise the applicant will be required to complete and pass an undergraduate or graduate statistics course approved by the PhD faculty prior to starting the PhD program
  • 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


Completed applications must be received by February 10th of each year to be considered for the following fall semester cohort. Acceptance decisions are made in March of each year with notification mailed in April.  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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