Is it possible to continue working while I am enrolled in the PhD program?
The part-time plan of study for a post-master’s PhD allows for more flexibility when balancing employment, school and other responsibilities. The full-time plan of study is rigorous and would require significant time commitments in and out of the classroom. Part-time employment may lend itself better to your success as a full-time post-master’s student.
Only a full-time plan of study is offered to post-baccalaureate students. It would be very difficult to maintain full-time employment while enrolled in this program. Part-time employment would be a better fit for the rigors of this program.
As a post-baccalaureate applicant, do I have the choice to earn a master’s degree along the way to my PhD?
Yes, although it is not required. Post-baccalaureate students are required to earn a total of 80 credits to graduate from the PhD program. You can elect to complete a master’s degree while progressing towards the PhD program in nursing or in another discipline.
As a post-baccalaureate applicant, can I pursue one of the available advanced practice certifications?
Yes. Post-baccalaureate students can elect to pursue coursework to become APRN certified at the completion of the PhD program. You should be aware that due to the extensive coursework required to become APRN certified, you will far exceed the required 80 credits required to graduate with a PhD in nursing. Click here to learn more about our available specialties.
Application & Admission
What should be included in my 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. 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 an applicant’s needs are 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.
If you are applying as a post-baccalaureate student and wish to be considered for an APRN specialty, please also include a discussion of your rationale for selecting the specialty and how becoming advanced practice certified in the chosen specialty will assist you in achieving professional and academic goals.
Who should write my letters of recommendation? What information should the letters include?
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.
How will my letters of recommendation be submitted?
All letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically. For those applying as new graduate students to Ohio State, the names and email addresses of your recommenders should be included on your application prior to submission. Once your application has been submitted, your recommenders will receive a link that contains further instruction on how to submit their letters.
If you are applying through the transfer process, please have your recommenders email their letters directly to CONfirstname.lastname@example.org as a Word (.docx) or PDF attachment.
Can I continue to add materials to my application after it has been submitted?
Yes. After you have submitted your application, you can continue adding supplemental materials to your application via the Admissions Uploader (LINK) through the application deadline. We encourage you to make use of this tool and submit your application early.
Will I have the opportunity to interview as part of my application to this program?
As a competitive applicant to the program, you will be asked to visit the College of Nursing and interview with our faculty. These interviews occur after the application deadline has passed and assist the faculty in their decision. Opportunities to interview with faculty electronically are available for applicants who reside outside of Ohio.
Am I required to pay an acceptance fee?
All admitted applicants to the graduate nursing programs are required to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance of the offer. 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.
I have been admitted to the program. Can I defer my acceptance?
No, we do not offer deferral of admittance to the PhD program. If you are unable to begin your studies in the term to which you applied, you will be required to reapply in the future.