Application Deadlines

The PhD Nursing Research program admits once per year, with classes starting in the fall (August).

Part 1 deadline reflects the date by when all NursingCAS application materials, except transcripts and references, must be submitted. Part 2 deadline reflects the date by when transcripts and references are due, a month after the deadline for Part 1. More details are provided in the Apply to UC section of this page.

PhD in Nursing Deadlines
Nov. 15
Part 1
Feb. 1
Part 2 Mar. 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.

Apply to UC

The college’s PhD application includes four parts, as listed and explained below. If you have questions throughout the process, contact our Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or

Application Deadline Breakdown for Fall 2022
Part 1: NursingCAS Application Part 2: Transcripts and References
Part 3: UC Graduate School Application Part 4: Interview

Nov. 15, 2021 (Priority deadline)

Feb. 1, 2022

Mar. 1, 2022 Apr. 1, 2022 Details will be sent to qualified candidates after application review

All application materials, including transcripts, must be submitted to NursingCASnot 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.

Once in NursingCAS, you will be required to enter the following information:

  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement: a statement that details your personal and professional goals, research interests and why a PhD is necessary to attain your goals. About two double-spaced pages long.
  • Writing sample addressing the question: "Differentiate between the research doctorate (PhD, or a Doctor of Philosophy) and the practice doctorate (DNP, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice).” Your response should be formatted to APA style; no longer than two typed pages and should include a title page and reference pages.
  • RN License, or equivalent for international applicants
    • U.S. Residents: State verification of a current, active, unrestricted Registered Nurse (RN) licensure with no disciplinary action
    • International applicants: a copy of your active nursing license that is equivalent to a U.S. Registered Nursing license
  • Completed coursework from your previous institutions
    • Enter your courses, or use the Professional Transcript Entry (PTE) service (recommended for applicants applying close to the deadline). More information is included below under Coursework Entry.

Additional Details

  • We strongly recommended you order transcripts at least one month prior to the application deadline.
  • Transcripts must verify a Bachelor of Science in Nursing conferred from a regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institution.
  • The Transcript Matching Form in the NursingCAS application is not required. This form helps ensure transcripts are matched to the correct application. If your previous institution allows you to use the form, we encourage you to do so.
  • List any former names in the "Biographic Information" portion of your NursingCAS application to ensure your transcript uploads properly.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) (preferred), or another NACES member.
  • You may use an official or unofficial transcript to complete your coursework entry in  NursingCAS. You must enter all courses from every higher education institution attended.
  • Professional Transcript Entry (PTE) is an optional, paid service whereby a NursingCAS specialist enters coursework on an applicant's behalf.
    • PTE will not begin until all transcripts are received.
    • After PTE is complete, applicants receive an email prompting them to log in and approve the entry. The application verification process will not begin without approval of transcript entry.
  • 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.)
    • TOEFL
      • 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

English proficiency scores (required for some international applicants); they are waived for applicants from a country where English is the primary language and those who obtained a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate in a country where English is the first language.

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.

The following must be received by NursingCAS by the Part 2 deadline:

  • Official transcripts from all schools previously attended
    • International applicants (except Canadian applicants with transcripts in English) must have their transcripts translated and certified by the World Education Service (WES) or another NACES member. Please start this process at least three months before the Part 2 deadline to ensure that the documents arrive on time
  • Contact information for a minimum of three individuals who will provide recommendations

Once your NursingCAS application reaches verified status, you will receive an email with a link to apply to the UC Graduate School. This application requires a separate $65 submission fee ($70 for international applicants).

The UC College of Nursing requires qualified PhD Nursing Research applicants to undergo an interview for admission. Qualified applicants will be informed of this offer, with details of the interview provided at the time of the offer.

Requirements upon Acceptance

Admitted students must complete their acceptance confirmation in the UC Graduate School application portal within 15 business days of the release of their offer.  

  • Fill out the confirmation form, found in the UC Graduate School application portal
  • Pay the $100 non-refundable matriculation fee within the UC Graduate School application portal
  • Provide proof of current immunizations

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.

More Information

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