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Admission Information

PhD Admission Requirements

The PhD program offers four entry points for students:

  • BSN entry - a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from a program that is nationally accredited (Total 75 credit hours);
  • MSN entry - a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree and a master’s in nursing degree from nationally accredited programs (Total 57 credit hours);
  • non-MSN master’s entry-a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from a nationally accredited program and a master’s degree in another discipline (Total minimum 57 credit hours);
  • DNP entry - a Doctor of Nursing practice degree from a nationally accredited program (Total 39 credit hours).

Specific requirements include the following:

  • Successful completion of a BSN degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from all previous institutions attended
  • A personal goal statement that indicates how the program will advance your professional goals. Include the area of nursing science that you are interested in pursuing and faculty at the UofSC College of Nursing who may be appropriate mentors for your area of interest
  • Three letters of reference from doctorally prepared registered nurse or physician
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Current unencumbered RN or APRN licensure in the state of residence
  • Interview with nursing graduate faculty
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within five years of the admission application. Waived for applicants who have a DNP.

PhD Program Frequently Asked Questions

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Change of Program or Major

After the student has been admitted to a PhD program, the program or major may be changed. Both the existing Program Director and the Program Director from the “new” program must approve this transfer. Some graduate programs require essays and/or interviews; this is up to the discretion of the “new” program.  Requests will be evaluated on a space available basis and may require a delay in the program of study.   

If both Program Directors approve the transfer, the Update Request Form (URF) must be submitted to the Graduate School.   Along with Update Request Form, current students will submit new recommendations and updated goal statement for the new program requested.  Students who missed a semester may also need to submit an updated nursing license and update CastleBranch information.  There may be additional program specific requirements.  (Alert: submission of this form puts a hold on registration and suspends the existing program of study.)


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