PhD Admissions

The University of Arizona College of Nursing is committed to creating an academically challenging and supportive educational community of students with diverse talents, experiences, viewpoints and cultural backgrounds. Faculty members of the College are interested in receiving applications from highly motivated students who share their passion for advancing and disseminating nursing knowledge through research. Applications are particularly encouraged from students who intend to focus their research in one of the research focal areas.

Selection is based on an evaluation of academic background, research interests and availability of suitable faculty expertise for mentorship.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Master of Science (MS) in Nursing degree, cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above (MS-PhD program option)
  • Three recommendations attesting to the applicant’s potential to succeed in doctoral study. Recommendations will be submitted electronically through the University of Arizona Graduate College online application.
  • Current nursing license
  • Completion of the online University of Arizona Graduate College Application.
  • Transcripts: Download the Transcript Factsheet for complete instructions on submission of transcripts.
  • Resume/CV: Please use this CV template to help identify key areas our faculty look for during the admissions process.
  • Applicant-Faculty mentoring match (see PhD FAQs for additional clarification)
  • Additional documentation will be required if offered admission into the program.

A brief telephone interview is required of top applicants.

PhD Application Instructions

To submit an applications go to this page and click Apply Now on the PhD program. After finishing your account details, you will be able to apply to a program. The PhD program is listed as “Nursing (PhD).” The application deadline is December 1st each year.

International Applicants

The PhD program coursework is completed fully-online. Students are required to attend a mandatory, on-campus, one-week orientation known as the Resident Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) in Tucson, AZ each year. Because of the requirements of the PhD program, international applicants must verify all appropriate documentation and review all regulations and procedures with both the University of Arizona Office of International Student Services and the Graduate College regarding program admission, enrollment in an online program and requirements for on-ground attendance at RISE each year.  

In addition to completing the online UA Graduate College application, international applicants must:

  • Submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper based (PB), 79 internet based (iBT) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6).
  • Submit CGFNS documentation for nursing/medical degrees earned outside of the United States. Please see the Transcript Factsheet for more information.

Transcript Requirements

The UA Graduate College application requires all applicants to upload unofficial transcripts within the Educational History section. Applicants will submit official transcripts to the College of Nursing after receiving an offer of admission. For additional information, please see our Transcript Submission Instructions.

State Authorization

Changes to the Higher Education Act (HEA) require The University of Arizona and the College of Nursing to comply with individual state/jurisdiction authorizations of distance education programs. As the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program is 100 percent online, most states are authorized or exempt from authorization. The College of Nursing can only admit students from authorized, exempt and in progress jurisdictions at this time. All states are authorized except for Alabama, Arkansas and Maryland.

If you have any questions or concerns about the State Authorizations and the impact on PhD program admission, please contact the College of Nursing at or (520) 626-3808.

For additional information concerning The University of Arizona’s compliance with these regulations please contact the Outreach College or visit the State Authorization webpage.