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PhD Admission Criteria

The UMSL College of Nursing is committed to admitting a diverse group of students who will become nurse leaders responsive to the specific needs of the communities and populations we serve. We value diversity, intellectual discourse and rigor, caring, professionalism, mutual respect and support, innovation, collaboration, and transparency.  Applicants will be selected using inclusive and balanced admission criteria that measure their potential in nursing practice, education, research, and scholarship. We measure our success by graduates who become lifelong learners and leaders in their communities and in the profession of nursing.

Applicants to the PhD program will be holistically reviewed using a personal statement, essays, a resume that includes professional activities, leadership roles, and letters of recommendation.

Due to higher education regulation changes, the University of Missouri-St.Louis is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs from students residing in certain states. Please see the Center for Teaching and Learning for additional information.

There are two "point of entry" options for the Nursing PhD program.

BSN to Ph.D.

  • Graduation from a nationally accredited baccalaureate program with 3.25 minimum GPA (4.0 scale).

MSN to Ph.D.

  • Graduation from a nationally accredited master's program with 3.25 minimum GPA (4.0 scale).

In addition, all students must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate or graduate level Statistics course


International Students:  International applicants must meet minimum requirements on tests of written and spoken English (TOEFL, Minimum iBT score of 79 or better is desired).  International students must also apply through the International Student Services Office.