PhD Admissions

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the College of Nursing PhD program you must have the following: 

Completed BS or MS in Nursing

Applicants must have a BS or MS in nursing from an institution accredited through the CCNE or ACEN.

Active RN License in Ohio

Applicants must have an active, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in the United States or an international equivalent certification or licensure. Students may apply before receiving their Ohio RN license, but must possess it prior to beginning enrollment in the PhD program.

Cumulative undergraduate and graduate GPAs of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Cumulative GPAs include all coursework attempted at that level and are calculated by The Ohio State University’s Graduate and Professional Admissions Office.

 

Application Process

To apply for the College of Nursing PhD program students must complete the following prior to the application deadline January 2nd. Note: If you currently attend or have previously attended The Ohio State University for a graduate degree program, please follow the Graduate Intra-University Transfer Student application process below.

1. Apply online

You can complete an application online for the next available Autumn cohort at The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website here. A $60 fee is required at the time of submission of the application.

2. Submit all college transcripts

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have previously attended at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. This includes transcripts for any post-secondary courses taken during high school or of coursework that appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts from The Ohio State University do not need to be submitted.

Transcripts should be sent directly by the sending institution by mail or electronic transfer to be considered official. Please request your transcripts be sent early so they arrive before the deadline. Transcripts can be sent to:

The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus OH 43218-2004

or

gpadocs@osu.edu

You may also upload a copy of an official transcript at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader. Web based documents, online grade reports, and related materials are not acceptable. Documents submitted in this manner are considered unofficial, but will suffice for the purposes of application. If you are admitted, you will be required to supply official transcripts sent direct from your previous institutions.

For details regarding these methods of submitting transcripts, please visit The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website here. Please direct all transcript related questions to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at (614) 292-9444 or to gpadmissions@osu.edu.

3. Current resume/curriculum vitae

Your resume or curriculum vitae should use a similar format to what you would use for a job application. You may submit this document at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader.

4. Purpose and goals statement

Please write a personal statement that includes a narrative discussion of your professional experience, career goals and plans, and area of research interest, with identification of potential research questions or areas of focus, as well as identification of current College of Nursing faculty whose research interests are similar to yours. Faculty research is described on the College of Nursing faculty web pages; a summary of faculty research is here (link to my document). The statement should detail what you expect to accomplish through PhD study and how your work will potentially contribute to nursing science. Presenting evidence of sufficient preparation for doctoral-level study, a clear understanding of the foci of the program and its faculty, and an indication of how your goals will be met by the program is strongly encouraged. Your purpose and goals statement should be 2-3 pages in length, single spaced, with standard font size and margins.

5. Three letters or recommendation

During the application you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of 3 individuals who can provide strong recommendation of your academic abilities and research potential. Once the application is submitted, an email will be automatically generated and sent to these individuals with a link and further instruction on how to submit their letters of recommendation. We encourage you to submit your application far in advance of the deadline so that the persons you have asked for a letter of recommendation have ample time to upload their letters. Letters of recommendation should be submitted from individuals who are familiar with your academic ability, professional experience, and potential to succeed as a nurse scientist. Former faculty advisors or instructors or research mentors generally provide the strongest letters of recommendation.

6. GRE scores (not required for most applicants) 

In some cases, you will be required by the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office to submit GRE scores. They are not required for most applicants; however, they are required if you meet any of the following criteria:

You have a cumulative undergraduate GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale You have a cumulative graduate GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

 

Cumulative GPAs include all coursework attempted at that level and are calculated by Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions Office.

No specific GRE scores are required. However, these scores are considered during the application review process as evidence of your potential success in a graduate program and so should be as high as you can achieve.

GRE scores are also required for students wishing to be considered for the Graduate School's University Fellowship competition.

For more information regarding the GRE scores requirement, please contact the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office at (614) 292-9444 or at gpadmissions@osu.edu.

You have previous coursework completed at a lesser accredited college or university as determined by the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office

7. Test of English proficiency - International applicants only

Details regarding what English Proficiency tests are acceptable, the scores required, and how to submit scores may be found on The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website here.

 

Graduate Intra-University Transfer Student Application Process

If you are currently or have been previously enrolled in a degree granting graduate program at The Ohio State University for any length of time, you will be considered a Graduate Intra-University Transfer Student. To then apply for the College of Nursing PhD program, you must complete the following prior to the application deadline of January 2nd:

1. Apply online

You can complete an application online for the next available Autumn cohort at The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website here. Be sure to choose the appropriate application for "current or former" Ohio State students after following the Apply link.

2. Submit the supplemental application

In addition to the online application, you must complete a Supplemental Application. This separate application must be submitted to the College of Nursing directly at CON-gradrecords@osu.edu. Choose any of the following options to access this application:

3. Submit all college transcripts

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have previously attended at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. This includes transcripts for any post-secondary courses taken during high school or of coursework that appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts from The Ohio State University do not need to be submitted.

Transcripts should be sent directly by the sending institution by mail or electronic transfer to be considered official. Please request your transcripts be sent early so they arrive before the deadline. Transcripts can be sent to:

The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus OH 43218-2004

or

gpadocs@osu.edu

You may also upload a copy of an official transcript at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader. Web based documents, online grade reports, and related materials are not acceptable. Documents submitted in this manner are considered unofficial, but will suffice for the purposes of application. If you are admitted, you will be required to supply official transcripts sent direct from your previous institutions.

For details regarding these methods of submitting transcripts, please visit The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website here. Please direct all transcript related questions to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at (614) 292-9444 or to gpadmissions@osu.edu.

4. Current resume/curriculum vitae

Your resume or curriculum vitae should use a similar format to what you would use for a job application. You may submit this document at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader.

5. Purpose and goals statement

Please write a personal statement that includes a narrative discussion of your professional experience, career goals and plans, and area of research interest, with identification of potential research questions or areas of focus, as well as identification of current College of Nursing faculty whose research interests are similar to yours. Faculty research is described on the College of Nursing faculty web pages; a summary of faculty research is here (link to my document). The statement should detail what you expect to accomplish through PhD study and how your work will potentially contribute to nursing science. Presenting evidence of sufficient preparation for doctoral-level study, a clear understanding of the foci of the program and its faculty and an indication of how your goals will be met by the program is strongly encouraged. Your purpose and goals statement should be 2-3 pages in length, single spaced, with standard font size and margins.

6. Three letters of recommendation

During the application you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of 3 individuals who can provide strong recommendation of your academic abilities and research potential. Once the application is submitted, an email will be automatically generated and sent to these individuals with a link and further instruction on how to submit their letters of recommendation. We encourage you to submit your application far in advance of the deadline so that the persons you have asked for a letter of recommendation have ample time to upload their letters. Letters of recommendation should be submitted from individuals who are familiar with your academic ability, professional experience, and potential to succeed as a nurse scientist. Former faculty advisors or instructors or research mentors generally provide the strongest letters of recommendation.

7. GRE scores (not required for most applicants)

In some cases, you will be required by the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office to submit GRE scores. They are not required for most applicants; however, they are required if you meet any of the following criteria:

You have a cumulative undergraduate GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale You have a cumulative graduate GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

 

Cumulative GPAs include all coursework attempted at that level and are calculated by Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions Office.

No specific GRE scores are required. However, these scores are considered during the application review process as evidence of your potential success in a graduate program and so should be as high as you can achieve.

GRE scores are also required for students wishing to be considered for the Graduate School's University Fellowship competition.

For more information regarding the GRE scores requirement, please contact the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office at (614) 292-9444 or at gpadmissions@osu.edu.

You have previous coursework completed at a lesser accredited college or university as determined by the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office

You may review the status of your application anytime at appstatus.osu.edu.

Admission Timeline for All Applicants

All required materials must be submitted by the posted application deadline. Please allow up to 5 business days for the status of materials to be updated on your application status webpage. Any item still marked as incomplete by the deadline will result in your application being removed from consideration.

Competitive applicants will be invited to participate in an on campus interview with program faculty. Applicants will be notified of this invitation in mid-January, following the application deadline. You will also be provided a more detailed timeline of when you can expect a decision on your application. Decisions are generally made by mid-March.

Once admitted, you will be given a short window of time to accept the offer. All admitted applicants to graduate nursing programs are required to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance. This deposit will be applied towards your first semester's tuition when you begin the program. The deposit will be forfeited should you decide not to attend the program. You are not able to defer admittance. If you are unable to begin your studies in the term to which you applied, you will be required to reapply in the future.

For questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please contact our Student Affairs team at nursing@osu.edu. For in-person assistance or for more information on how to strengthen your application, please click the Schedule a Visit link above to attend one of our monthly Overview Sessions here at the College of Nursing.

In accordance with the non-discrimination policy of The Ohio State University and the College of Nursing, we strictly prohibit any discrimination based upon age, color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, pregnancy, or veteran status in its application, admission, or enrollment practices.

Ohio State is committed to treating applicants fairly and with dignity and respect.  Please click here to review Ohio State’s new post-admissions policy.