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All applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School and submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores in order for the ApplyTexas online application to be processed. Please email Vanessa Cavazos at when you begin the admission process.

Admission to the nursing doctoral degree programs (DNP and PhD) may be awarded on an unconditional or provisional basis.  The criteria for unconditional admission are as follows: 

Academic Requirements

  • Master's degree with a major in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on prior graduate level course work
  • Scores on either the GRE or MAT
  • Preferred scores for the GRE as follows:


Verbal Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning

Analytical Writing

Before 2011




After 2011




  • Preferred Scores on the MAT as follows:            

Before October 1, 2004


After October 1, 2004


  • All candidates MUST submit either GRE or MAT scores as a part of the admission process
  • Course in research at the graduate level

Professional Requirements

  • Current unencumbered license to practice professional nursing in the United States
  • Certification as an APRN from a nationally recognized nursing certification body that is accredited by the appropriate national standard organization
  • Eligibility to be recognized as an APRN in Texas

Other Requirements 

  • Curriculum vita or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter discussing professional goals
  • Deadline for Fall applications is May 1st and deadline for Spring applications is September 15 

Applicants who do not meet the unconditional criteria, but who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on prior graduate level course work, may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. Factors that will be considered in the admission decision are

  • GPA on graduate level work
  • GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores or MAT score
  • Scholarly activities
  • Professional leadership
  • Work history

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