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UT Tyler Nursing PhD

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to doctoral study at The University of Texas at Tyler, the following criteria must be met for entry into the program:

  • A baccalaureate or master's degree in nursing from a college or university approved by a recognized national accrediting body.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale on previous academic coursework.
  • Submission of satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the past five years.
  • A current license to practice professional nursing.
  • International applicants will be evaluated for equivalency on criteria 1 - 5.
  • International students must score a minimum of 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For more information on International applications, please refer to the UT Tyler catalog.
  • A 3-5 page paper linking professional goals and research interests to health issues emphasized in this program.
  • Three academic and/or professional letters of reference.


Consideration for admission to the PhD in Nursing program at UT Tyler will also be given to one or more of the following:

  • The applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study
  • Socioeconomic background
  • First generation college graduate
  • Multilingual proficiency
  • Geographic region of residence
  • Level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community, service, and family responsibilities.

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