The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree

Nursing

Supported Degree Objectives


Required Supporting Documents


  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
    • One letter from a clinical supervisor, one from an academic advisor or faculty member, and one from a nursing peer
  • Statement of Purpose (350-500 words, single spaced text, 11 point Arial font, 0.75 inch margins; not required for PhD) must include
    • Your reasons for seeking the particular degree to which you are applying
    • Description of your academic and career goals
    • How this degree will help you achieve your personal goals
    • Brief accounting of your professional history, achievements, and abilities that make you a strong candidate for graduate study
    • Description of how you intend to manage full- or part-time study (specify one) along with your existing professional and personal time obligations.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of Nurses License
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants: choose a test below)
    • TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (IBT): Minimum Overall Required Score: 100
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 22
        • Listening: 22
        • Speaking: 24
        • Writing: 22
    • TOEFL: Paper-Delivered Test: Minimum Overall Required Score: No minimum
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 22
        • Listening: 22
        • Writing: 22
    • IELTS (Academic Module): Minimum Overall Required Score: 7.5
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 7.0
        • Listening: 7.0
        • Speaking: 7.0
        • Writing: 7.0
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants)
    • TWE (Recommended)

Master's Degree Additional Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • 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
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Successful (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) completion of a 3 credit undergraduate OR graduate statistics course within the last 5 years.*

Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate Additional Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • 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)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP) Additional Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • 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
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Successful (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) completion of a 3 credit undergraduate OR graduate statistics course within the last 5 years.*

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post Master's DNP) Additional Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • 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
  • Successful (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) completion of a 3 credit undergraduate OR graduate statistics course within the last 5 years.*
  • Description of how you intend to manage full- or part-time study (specify one) along with your existing professional and personal time obligations.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) Additional Program Requirements


  • Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing.
  • 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.
  • Graduation from master's program. Additional courses are required for those whose master's degree is outside of nursing.
  • In instances where a master's degree was obtained outside the U.S., international students must provide proof of U.S. master's degree equivalency with school/college/university accreditation information when applicable. Sufficient time must be allowed for verification and evaluation of prerequisite courses and degrees (i.e., at least three months prior to the beginning of the term in which they wish to begin studies). Prerequisite courses in the PhD program, (excluding master's level courses in nursing) must be taken in an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • In instances where transcript credits or other credentials are difficult to evaluate for equivalency to U.S. offerings, the World Education Services may be used to verify transcripts, diplomas, or other application materials (see http://www.wes.org).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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. Or, this may be taken concurrent with the first year of graduate coursework.
  • Basic computer competency including word processing and use of Internet.
  • Explanation of how your goals align with expertise of SPECIFIC faculty
  • Two Succinct 500-1000 Word Essays
    • One essay will describe the applicant’s research interests, and if applicable, an identified nursing faculty member with whom they would like to work.
    • One essay will describe the applicant’s career interests and goals upon completion of the program.
  • Personal Interview
  • Graduate Record Examination
  • Waiver Requests: If the applicant has received a Master’s degree from a university within the United States within the last 24 months, they may request a waiver of English proficiency examination. Along with other evidence, the PhD Program Committee will make the final determination regarding the waiver of English proficiency.

Application Deadlines


  • Fall Spring Summer
    April 1 No Entry No Entry Master's Degree
    April 1 No Entry No Entry Graduate Certificate
    April 1 No Entry No Entry BSN-DNP
    Rolling Rolling Rolling Post Master's DNP
    July 1 October 1 No Entry PhD

  • Completed applications are reviewed as they are received or until program is full.

Program Contact Information


Additional Information


  • *Statistics Course: The course must be taken within five years of matriculation into the program or concurrent with the first semester of graduate coursework.*STAT 301, SOC 382, SOC 581, Methods of Social Research II (3), STAT 501, Experimental Statistics I (3), STAT 511, Statistical Methods (3), PSY 500, or course deemed completed by the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.

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