The PhD in Nursing is a part-time blended program, with in-person and distance learning components. Three years of coursework, delivered online during fall, spring and summer. During the first summer, students are expected to attend two, three-day education intensives. Once coursework is completed, students undergo a qualifying exam. Students then complete the research and dissertation phase, culminating in a written and oral dissertation defense.
- Transcript of a nursing degree at the baccalaureate level or higher from a nationally accredited nursing program or equivalent.
- Evidence of current license to practice nursing in the United States or home country.
- A Master's degree with a major in nursing from a ACEN or CCNE accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign university. A Master's degree in a health related discipline will be considered on an individual basis. Additional coursework may be required.
- A grade of “B” or higher in graduate statistics and research courses.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.25 in Master's degree work.
- A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.
- Provide an example of graduate work (if available).
- Essay: Read about the research focus of our faculty. Select one or two faculty with whom you are interested in working based on their research focus and explain how your interest aligns with the faculty members' area of research, referring to their relevant publications. Essay should be submitted in APA format and cover the following areas: preparation for doctoral work (background), why do you want a PhD (how does a PhD fit in your career plan), personal/academic strengths and weaknesses, research area of interest, and current/long term goals.
- Interview to determine congruence between the applicant's career goals and program objectives and between the applicants research interests and those of the faculty.
- Three letters of reference. One letter should be from a former professor of the applicant.
Apply To WVU
Once you have reviewed the qualifications you can begin the application process. Below is a button that will take you to the WVU application page. To get started you'll first need to create an account on that page. Once you have done so, click "Start Application" and review your admission type prior to completing enrollment information.
The application period for the Summer term will open on June 1 and close on March 1.
Once you are done you will receive an email confirmation on receipt of application. You can also return to that site to track your documents and check your application status. Qualified applicants who are competitive with other applicants in the applicant pool will be invited for an interview. An invitation for an interview does not guarantee admission. Official college transcripts should be submitted to:
WVU Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506
Complete Supplemental Application
After you have applied to WVU you must complete a supplemental application for admission.
Once the supplemental application has been completed, you must complete and submit the Application Checklist.
Students admitted to the program will receive an acceptance letter in April. The acceptance letter will provide information to prepare you for the PhD program including course dates for the summer session, course registration, tuition waivers, orientation, overnight accommodations, parking permits, required software and textbooks.
Students are required to attend an orientation session prior to the beginning of the summer session where they will learn about the program and meet with their advisors.
Note: Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing will not be readmitted to the program.