Application Deadlines

PhD in Nursing Deadlines
Dec. 15
Feb. 1

PhD Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission to the program are evaluated with attention to all aspects of the individual'€™s qualifications. Decisions for supporting or denying admission are not based on a single criterion.

The following qualifications are highly desired:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Graduate GPA cannot be submitted in place of undergraduate GPA.)
  • Minimum graduate GPA (if applicable) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Goals are well-articulated and are compatible with faculty expertise and availability.

GRE scores are not required for admission.

Students seeking admission to the PhD program at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing must have either a bachelor's degree in nursing or a master's degree and potential to develop new scientific knowledge related to nursing and/or health care.

Required Application Materials

All application materials, including transcripts, must be submitted to NursingCAS, not the University of Cincinnati. The NursingCAS application includes instructions for ordering electronic transcripts for submission, which most institutions allow. If your institution does not allow this, request the issuing institution mail your transcripts directly to NursingCAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471.

Materials must be received by the posted deadline. If you have questions, contact our Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or

NursingCAS Application

Submit an online application through NursingCAS, along with a non-refundable $70 application fee paid to NursingCAS. Once your application has been completed and transcripts verified, you will be notified via email to create an account and submit a separate, non-refundable $70 application fee to the University of Cincinnati. When creating an account, please add NursingCAS email addresses to your safe-sender list. You must fill out each section in NursingCAS in order to have a complete application.

Copy of RN License

Registered nurses must submit (via NursingCAS) evidence of an active, unrestricted RN license for the state in which they are practicing nursing. Applicants whose RN license is restricted will be considered, provided the individual shares the conditions of the restriction set by the board of nursing and the college determines the academic program can accommodate those restrictions.. International students who are registered nurses should submit a copy of a current nursing license from their own country.


Submit (via NursingCAS) a minimum of three references. References must come from individuals with a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, EdD, etc.) who can attest to your academic and professional skills. Be certain to inform persons who provide recommendations of the deadline for receipt of credentials. You will enter contact information for identified recommenders within the NursingCAS online application.

Goal Statement

Submit (via NursingCAS) a goal statement about two double-spaced pages in length that details your personal and professional goals, research interests and why a PhD is necessary to attain your goals.

Resume & Writing Sample

Submit (via NursingCAS) an updated resume and scholarly writing sample.

The writing sample should address the following question: "Differentiate between the research doctorate (PhD-doctor of philosophy) and practice doctorate (DNP-doctor of nursing practice).” Your response should be formatted using APA criteria and no more than two typed pages. In addition, it should include a title page and reference page(s).

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended (including College Credit Plus and Dual Enrollment) are to be sent to NursingCAS, not the University of Cincinnati. Detailed instructions on how to send your transcripts to NursingCAS are available at the NursingCAS Help with Transcripts website. (High school transcripts are not needed.) It is highly recommended that applicants submit the application and request transcripts at least one month prior to the posted deadline to allow time to follow up on any potential issues. Transcripts are not needed at the same time an application is submitted, but must be received by the posted deadline.
  • Transcripts must verify a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, or master's in a health-related field, conferred from a regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institution and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last degree earned. (A comparable level of achievement is expected for other grading systems.)
  • To submit transcripts, applicants are strongly encouraged to use the NursingCAS Transcript Matching Form. The "Colleges Attended" section of the NursingCAS application allows applicants to print transcript request forms. NursingCAS strongly recommends that you print and advise your registrar's office to attach a transcript request form to your official transcript. This form helps NursingCAS properly match your official transcripts to your NursingCAS application. If you have any previous names, please list this information within the "Biographic Information" section and this information will be included in your transcript matching form. Please Note: If the registrar does not accept this form, it is only recommended, not required.
  • NursingCAS offers Professional Transcript Entry Service, by which applicants can have NursingCAS specialists enter their coursework entry on their behalf at a cost. (See additional information below.) It is the responsibility of the applicant to order their official transcript(s) from every institution of higher education ever attended and have them sent directly to NursingCAS. The Professional Transcript Entry Service does not include ordering official transcripts on behalf of the applicant. Only the applicant can order his or her transcripts.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

International Applicants

Upload English Proficiency Scores to your NursingCAS application. Do not send scores to the University of Cincinnati. (This requirement is waived, if you have a U.S. higher education degree or were born in a country where English is the first language.)

    • Internet-based TOEFL – 100 or higher
    • Computer-based TOEFL – 250 or higher
    • Paper-based TOEFL – 600-603
  • IELTS – 7.0 overall minimum
  • Duolingo - 120 or higher

International applicants are responsible for ensuring that their visa status meets program requirements and that online course requirements adhere to sponsored funding requirements. For additional information, visit the UC Graduate School International Student Admissions website.

NursingCAS Professional Transcript Entry Service

If you do not wish to enter all of your coursework yourself, NursingCAS offers applicants applying to a program that requires full transcript entry the option to have coursework professionally entered on their behalf by their specialists for an additional fee. NursingCAS coursework entry staff is available to enter all completed coursework taken at an accredited school on its school list. Given the nature of Not-Listed Schools, foreign coursework and planned/in-progress courses, this work is not eligible for professional transcript entry and must be entered by the applicant.

To take advantage of this service, visit the NursingCAS Professional Transcript Entry page. The cost for NursingCAS professional transcript entry service is $65 for one to three transcripts, $90 for four to six transcripts, and $140 for seven transcripts or more. These fees are for coursework entry only and are in addition to NursingCAS regular application fees. As this is an optional service, no fee waivers are available for professional transcript entry.

PhD Interview & Admission

The PhD admissions committee reviews each application. Applicants favorably reviewed will receive an invitation to a web-based interview, facilitated through Kira Talent, an online interview service. The process includes a series of prompts to which you will respond via recorded video and written uploads.

The committee completes a written evaluation of the candidate, which includes the degree to which the candidate's research interest fits with the expertise and availability of doctoral faculty. The committee then forwards its recommendation to the college's student affairs committee, which makes the final admission decision.

More Information

For more information, contact our Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or