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Ph.D. in Nursing Admissions Requirements

The PhD in nursing program at Oakland University will prepare nursing scholars to respond to the escalating health care needs of society, educate nurses for practice, enhance nursing knowledge through research, and guide the stewardship of the nursing discipline.

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit the Nursing CAS Graduate Application (nursingcas.org) and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  1. Applicants for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program must have completed a minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or international equivalent.
  2. Have an overall cumulative grade point average of B of (3.0) or higher at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  3. Submit official transcripts for all post-secondary educational institutions from which the applicant earned a degree (beginning with the first baccalaureate) and for all enrollment in graduate-level coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree must be submitted to NursingCAS. International university transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service and submitted to NursingCAS.
  4. Submit a written personal goal statement limited to 2-3 double-spaced pages. The personal goal statement should focus on why the applicant is pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing and how this degree will advance career goals. Additionally, the statement should highlight the applicant’s specific topic/area of research and the identification of at least one faculty whose area of research might match the applicant’s topic/area of research interest. The personal goal statement will be evaluated on various criteria, including content and appropriate use of grammar.
  5. Submit two professional letters of recommendation
  6. International students are encouraged to contact The Graduate School (www.oakland.edu/grad) to determine what additional documentation is required for admission eligibility.
  7. MSN prepared students are required to provide successful completion of a graduate level statistics course (min 3 credits). DNP prepared students are required to provide evidence of successful completion of a graduate level Health Informatics course (min 3 credits) and a graduate level Health Policy course (min 3 credits). 

To apply, go to nursingcas.org.

School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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