Admissions Requirements for International Students

Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. program is given to graduates of accredited degree programs in nursing who fulfill the admission requirements listed below, show promise for doctoral level research and publication and whose area of research is compatible with research expertise of our faculty.

Applicants must provide evidence of the following:

  1. A master's degree in nursing; a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a master's degree in a non-nursing field; or a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Degrees must be from an accredited program satisfactory to the School of Nursing and to the Graduate Division. Students accepted with deficiencies are required to complete appropriate master's-level courses.

  2. A scholarship record satisfactory to the Graduate Division and to the School of Nursing with a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.

  3. Verbal, quantitative and analytic writing scores on the Graduate Record Examination taken within the last five years.

  4. Status as a licensed registered nurse; evidence of current licensure as a registered nurse in the State of California is mandatory at the time of program entry.

  5. A statistics course with content equivalent to Biostatistics 100A or Biomathematics 170A.

  6. A graduate-level nursing research course with content equivalent to Nursing 204. Accelerated pathway applicants must have completed an undergraduate level research course.

  7. Four letters of reference affirming the applicant's potential for scholarly, investigative and creative endeavors in nursing.

  8. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with minimum score of 87 (a score of 84 will be considered for admissions) on the Internet-based test, 220 on the computer-based test or 560 on paper-based test, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with overall band score of 7 for International applicants from countries with a native language other than English.

  9. Examples of scholarly nursing papers and/or creative works.

  10. A statement of educational objectives, specific focus of research, and program and career goals.

  11. Curriculum vitae.

If you are an International applicant, please contact Rhonda Flenoy-Younger, Director of Recruitment, Outreach and Admissions, at, prior to applying for admissions.