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PhD Application & Admission


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Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2015 Admission. Apply Online!


  • A master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher in the master’s program.
  • Written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus. The goal statement is a 500 word focused and concise essay. In it you should state your long and short-term professional goals and  discuss how they fit with the faculty expertise at the College of Nursing
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants from countries where English is not the primary language.
  • Official transcripts from all previous college work.


  • Proof of registered nurse (RN) licensure.
    (We will make special accommodations for International students).
  • Curriculum vita or resume.


  • Submission of scholarly work.


  • Three letters of reference. 
  • Successful completion of an admissions phone interview.

A clinical background check is required upon admission.

Apply to the PhD Program

The priority application deadline is October 15. Applications will be accepted after this date if space is available. Check WSU's Graduate School page for specific fees. 

  • Contact Eileen Swalling for more information and for academic advising before applying. 
  • PhD students must apply to WSU Graduate School online.
  • Submit all written materials that are not available electronically to: 

Washington State University
College of Nursing
Attn: Eileen Swalling
Room 123
P.O. Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

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