Applying to the Nursing Education PhD Program


Get Started – Starts Each Fall Term

Application Deadline

The deadline for completed applications (including all supplemental materials) each year is February 1. Admission is competitive and completed applications will be reviewed soon after the deadline.

If the cohort is not filled with the initial review of applications, additional applications will be considered on a space available basis. You may contact to see if applications are still being accepted for the upcoming Fall term, or if you should apply for the following Fall.

Application Process

U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

Applicants must apply to the program through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Please submit all required materials by the application deadline to avoid a delay in the evaluation and screening of your application. All official transcripts that will be required for program admission will be submitted to NursingCAS, and do not need to be resubmitted to UNC.

The UNC School of Nursing will review applications following the application deadline. Official admission notifications will be sent in the 2-4 weeks that follow.

Start Your NursingCAS Application

Apply via NursingCAS. The following bullets will support you as you complete the application and material submission process.

  • In the Nursing CAS application system, click on the "Add Program" tab, search for "University of Northern Colorado" and choose the following program via the "+" icon:

    • Ph.D. in Nursing Education

Items You Will Submit for This Program

You will then continue in the Nursing CAS system (or log back in) to complete the following:

  • Request 2 academic or professional letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic potential and abilities. You will be asked to supply contact information for your recommenders in the application.

    • Your letters of recommendation should be from former faculty or colleagues with a doctoral degree 

  • All applicants will need to request one official transcript from each regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor's degree or higher was earned (or is in progress). Some applicants may need to provide additional transcripts. Situations that require this are listed on the Graduate School website (choose Domestic or International). Directions for having your official transcript(s) sent are listed in the Application Portal.

  • Current vita or resume.

  • Copy of current, unencumbered RN license (verification printout or link required).

  • A statement of career goals. Topics to cover: career goals; interest in nursing education consistent with the mission and vision of UNC School of Nursing; and a potential area of research interest or general topic for dissertation.

  • Sample of written scholarly work, project, or publication in which the applicant was the lead or sole contributor. Examples of this work include but are not limited to one of the following: master’s-level exemplar, evidence-based practice/grant/QI/research proposal, literature review, lesson plan, innovative assignment, scholarly publication or presentation.

  • A personal interview may be required.

  • GRE scores are NOT required for this program.

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If you are admitted to the program:

  • International applicants: please visit the International Students Admission Requirements page for information about additional requirements.

  • Veterans: if you intend to use Veteran’s Education Benefits, an official transcript from all colleges or universities attended will be required in order to maintain compliance with Veteran’s Affairs policies. Directions can be found on the graduate admissions pages.