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All applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to these general requirements, the College of Nursing requires the following for admission to the doctoral program:
  • A course in statistics
  • A course in research at the graduate level
  • A course in nursing theory at the graduate level
  • A master's degree with a major in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body (preferred)
  • Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement of research interest area and professional goals
  • A current license to practice professional nursing in the USA*
  • A curriculum vita or resume

*Nursing credentials of international students will be assessed individually

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:

  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on prior graduate level course work
  • Scores on either the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
    • 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

    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

    Academic Advisement

    At the time of admission to the doctoral program each student is assigned a major advisor from the graduate nursing faculty. The student, together with the major advisor, plans the first twelve hours of course work. Students must contact their major advisor prior to enrolling in any course work.

    At the completion of twelve specified hours in the program (N6023, N6053, N6004), an advisory committee will be formed for the student. This three member academic advisory committee has the primary authority and responsibility for the academic program and progress of the student. This responsibility includes the formulation, with the student, of a total program of doctoral study. The Doctoral Degree Plan [pdf], as approved by the academic advisory committee, must be filed in the Graduate Office.

    The chairperson of the academic advisory committee is the faculty member whom students should contact for information related to procedures and requirements for the degree program planning, changes in the program of studies and/or changes in committee membership, advisement about courses to be taken, and transfer of credit from other institutions.

    Transfer of Credits

    The doctoral program consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours, post master's credit (90 semester hours minimum post baccalaureate). At least fifty percent of the work counted toward the doctoral degree must be composed of courses completed at TWU.

    The master's degree in nursing is considered a part of the doctoral program. These courses will appear on your degree plan even though they may have been completed at another university. Additional hours may be transferred into the doctoral degree program with the advisory committee's approval. Transfer courses (not including the master's degree) must not be more than ten years old.

  • page last updated 3/16/2017 12:08 PM