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Doctoral Program Admissions

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Ph.D. in Nursing Applicants

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1 to be considered for the following fall semester.

 To be considered for admission to the doctoral program in nursing, applicants must:

  • Have an M.S. or M.S.N. from an accredited nursing program (CCNE or NLNAC approved)
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse (R.N.) in New York State
  • Complete the Graduate Application
  • Provide the admission committee with three professional letters of reference from a supervisor, committee chair, former professor, etc.
  • Submit satisfactory GRE scores (taken within the last five years)
  • Submit evidence of successful completion of a graduate-level statistics course completed in the last five years
  • Submit all academic transcripts
  • Provide a professional writing sample, preferably scholarly writing such as a publication
  • Submit a personal essay describing academic and professional goals
  • Interview with at least two faculty members in the College of Nursing and Public Health

Admission requirements are not weighted. All requirements must be fulfilled and the applicant’s dossier complete before interviews are scheduled with faculty members. Following interviews, the admission committee determines each applicant’s admission to the program.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid for tuition is available in the form of the new Federal Faculty Loan Program and graduate assistantships.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

Employer Billing
If a company will pay the University directly regardless of the student’s grades, an authorization from the employer must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services at the time of registration. The student is required to pay all tuition and fee charges not covered by their employer at the time of registration. Students may participate in this program as long as payment is not contingent upon successful course completion.

Employer Deferment
Students who will be reimbursed by their employer only after a grade is received must present an official letter of intent from their employer, specifying the tuition and fees covered. The student will be required to pay all remaining tuition and fees and the $75 reimbursement deferment at the time of registration.

Students should ask their employer or union about participation in either of these programs.

D.N.P.  in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

In addition to a completed application for graduate admission and application fee, applicants must submit:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited program with adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner focus
  • New York State nurse practitioner license (or be license-eligible)
  • Official transcripts showing a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and B or above in all science and nursing classes
  • Final transcript documenting bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • A 500 word written essay addressing your vision of your future role with a DNP degree.
  • 3 letters of reference from doctorally-prepared nursing faculty or colleague. At least two of these references should be from a supervisor or faculty member.

Applicants must also conduct an interview with a current faculty member in the program and must have a minimum of 1 year working experience post-baccalaureate.

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