Nursing

Supported Degree Objectives


Required Supporting Documents


  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Diversity Essay
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of Nurses License
  • Evidence of successful completion (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) of an upper division statistics course (300-500 level) taken within the last 5 years. Alternatively, this may be taken concurrent with the first year of graduate coursework.

English Proficiency Requirements


Additional Master's Degree and DNP Program Requirements


  • A minimum undergraduate nursing cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0, on a four-point scale, or equivalent "B" average.
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing; must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is accredited by the NLN-CNEA and/or CCNE.
  • For Post MS DNP, Master of Science Degree With a Major in Nursing; must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is accredited by the NLN-CNEA and/or CCNE.
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure

Additional Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate Program Requirements


  • A minimum undergraduate nursing cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0, on a four-point scale, or equivalent "B" average.
  • Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Minimum of one year or 1500 hours of experience as a Registered Nurse (International Applicants Only)

Additional Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) Program Requirements


  • A minimum undergraduate nursing cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0, on a four-point scale, or equivalent "B" average. Note: Applicants not meeting this criterion may be considered for departmental conditions.
  • Domestic applicants must hold a valid, current nursing license in a U.S. state. International applicants must be licensed as a nurse in their country of origin, if licensure is available. However, if students will be involved in any direct patient care activities, they must obtain a valid current nursing license in the state in which patient care activities will occur.
  • BS to PhD: Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing or another field.
  • Post MS to PhD: Graduation from master's program. Additional courses may be required for those whose master's degree is outside of nursing.
  • International applicants will follow the Graduate Admission Process, following the roles of the academic unit, the Graduate School, and the guidelines enforced by International Students and Scholars (ISS) Office including visa requirements (Click here)
  • Personal Interview
  • English Proficiency requirements for the PhD Program can be found here.

Application Deadlines


  • Program Cycle/Term Application Deadline
    Cycle 1
    Cycle 2
    Cycle 3
    October 15
    January 15
    April 15
    MS
    Cycle 1
    Cycle 2
    Cycle 3
    October 15
    January 15
    April 15
    BSN-DNP and Post MS DNP
    Cycle 1
    Cycle 2
    October 15
    January 15
    Graduate Certificate
    July 1 - Fall
    October 1 - Spring
    PhD**

  • The goal of the School of Nursing Graduate School is to fill all spots with quality applicants as soon as possible. To increase your chance of gaining admissions it is advisable to complete your application prior to the Priority Cycle 1 deadline. There is a chance that you could be put on a waitlist. Waitlist applicants will hear final responses by May 1st. The SON admits the most qualified applicants. *Cycle 2 and 3 will only be available if spots are remaining after Cycle 1.
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  • **The PhD Admissions Committee reviews completed applications as they are received.

Program Contact Information


Purdue West Lafayette campus