Applying to the Nursing Education PhD Program

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Application Deadline

The deadline for completed applications (including all supplemental materials) each year is March 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 nursing@unco.edu to see if applications are still being accepted for the upcoming Fall term, or if you should apply for the following Fall.

Program Coordinator

Jeanette McNeill, DrPH, RN, MSN, CNE, ANEF
jeanette.mcneill@unco.edu
970-351-1704

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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in this UNC graduate program! You will complete the UNC Graduate School application and then submit additional materials.

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

Step 1 – Apply

Apply to the UNC Graduate School (the bullets below may help you as you complete the application).

  • On the application, choose the following program:

    • Nursing Education Ph.D. (Extended Campus)

  • Request 3 academic or professional letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic potential and abilities. You will be asked to supply information for your recommenders in the application.

    • One recommender to address your experience with / interest in / potential for nursing education, and professional leadership skills.
    • One doctoral-prepared nursing educator to address your academic potential.
    • One additional recommender of your choice.

  • International applicants: please read the additional instructions below.

  • If you are unable to complete your application in one session, you can log back in to your application later to complete it. The application fee process will appear once you submit your application.

Step 2 – Submit Transcripts & Supplemental Items

You will then continue in the system (or log into the Admissions Portal) to complete the following:

  • 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 to UNC are listed in the Application Portal.

  • Personal Statement of future goals/interest in nursing (two page maximum, 12 point font, one inch paper margins).

  • Current vita or resume.

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

  • Example of scholarly work or project

  • Submit a minimum GRE score (taken within the last five years) of: 140 Quantitative, 146 Verbal Reasoning, Combined score of at least 297 with analytic writing minimum of 3.5. GRE scores must be sent directly to the graduate school by the testing agency. UNC's institutional code is R4074.

  • The application portal will also show you which of your recommendations have been completed.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

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International Applicants

All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants should mark Yes for "Are you an international student?" at the beginning of the graduate application process. In addition to any application steps listed above, you will also need to prepare the following for your application:

  • Demonstration of Language proficiency – either a Qualifying test score (TOEFL iBT: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 60) or a petition for exemption. UNC's institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.
  • Copy of passport bio/photo page * 
  • Financial Documentation * # – we will need to verify that you can pay the estimated costs (tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, books, supplies, travel) for the time you will be in the U.S. Those applying to programs that last longer than 1 year will only need to provide proof for the first year at the time of application.

* = Items marked with * are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.

# = Items marked with # are not required with your initial application. You will submit them after you have been admitted to UNC.

For more information about UNC International Admissions and the UNC Center for International Education, please visit the International Admissions site, email international@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831