PhD Program: How to Apply

Application Availability and Deadline

Applications to the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD) program are generally available from October until January. Applications are due no later than 5:00pm PST on January 15 to begin study the following Autumn Quarter.

Minimum Requirements to Apply to the PhD Program

  • We do not require the GRE for any of our graduate programs.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 90 graded quarter credits
  • If your native language is not English, proof of English language proficiency (reading, writing and comprehension)
  • If you are an International applicant and plan to take clinical nursing courses, an active, unrestricted US registered nursing (RN) license at time of application, and a Washington State RN license to begin the PhD program are required. If you do not enroll in clinical nursing (NCLIN) courses, an RN license is not required for the PhD program.

Additional Requirements for Applicants Admitted to the PhD Program

If you are admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science program, there are a few additional requirements that must be completed before you matriculate into the program.  You must

  • complete a background check through Verified Credentials
  • have a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited university (this does not need to be a degree in nursing)
  • have an active, unrestricted Washington registered nursing (RN) license only if you plan to take clinical nursing (NCLIN) courses (this includes international applicants).  If you do not plan to enroll in clinical nursing courses, RN licensure is not required for the PhD program.

Required Application Materials

  1. PhD application instructions
  2. PhD application checklist
  3. Online PhD application, including the School of Nursing Graduate School Supplemental Application Form
  4. Current curriculum vitae
  5. 3 letters of recommendation
  6. Statement of Goals and Research Interests
  7. Completed Background Check, Authorization for Repeat Checks, and Dissemination of Results form
  8. Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended; foreign transcripts must include translated evaluations
  9. Copies of English proficiency scores, if applicable


If you have any interest in pre-doctoral training program fellowships available through the School of Nursing, complete the following form and include it with your application to the School of Nursing: