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PhD Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements


  • A master’s degree from an accredited program (a baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited program if you are interested in the bacc-PhD program)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher in the master’s program
  • 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
    NOTE: We will make special accommodations for international students
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé

Scholarly Work and Research Goal Statement

  • Submission of scholarly work
  • Written research goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus. The research goal statement is a 500-word focused and concise essay. In it you should state your long- and short-term research goals and discuss how they fit with the faculty research expertise at the College of Nursing. We encourage you to contact specific faculty about research collaboration opportunities prior to completing your application. Include information about any contacts you make in your essay.


  • 3 letters of reference
  • Successful completion of an admissions phone interview

Additional Admission Requirements

For a complete list of nursing requirements for newly admitted students, visit our Admitted Students section.

Pre-Admission Information




Rychelle Wagner
Rychelle Wagner
Academic Coordinator
509-324-7445                                                SNURS 127

Washington State University