UT Tyler PhD in Nursing

Admission Process

Application Deadlines

PhD – March 1 (Spring)

Applicants who are offered acceptance into a graduate nursing program will pay a non-refundable seat deposit of $200.00 by the date indicated in the acceptance letter. Failure to pay the deposit will result in forfeiture of the acceptance. The $200.00 is applied toward the first semester tuition. Applicants who accept an offer of admission but later decide not to attend will forfeit the seat deposit.



Apply to the University

All applicants must apply to the university prior to applying to the nursing program. Go to The Graduate School to complete the application.

*Current or previous UT Tyler students must complete a new application if applying for a higher level of degree (i.e.,  BSN to MSN, MSN to PhD, MSN to DNP, MSN to Post Master’s Certificate)

*If you are an on-line, out of state applicant, please be aware of reciprocity agreements that may impact clinical hours: State Authorization

How Much Does it Cost to Apply?

$50 for domestic students; $75 for international students. The fee is non-refundable and must be paid before your application will be processed. Credit card payments must be made at the time of application by Visa or MasterCard only.

All UT Tyler alumni will have the fees waived. Please select the 'Pay by Check' option and once your application is processed the fee will be waived. Please do NOT send a check, as no refunds can be given.  



Submit Official Transcripts

PhD Applicants: Official transcripts showing a baccalaureate OR master's degree in nursing from regionally accredited institutions. With the application, you will submit official GRE scores. You do not need to submit community or junior college transcripts. UT Tyler transcripts are available from the Registrar's Office and need not be forwarded by the applicant.



Submit Nursing Documents

PhD Applicants

  • Submit required documents
  • A master's degree from a college or university approved by a recognized regional accrediting body
  • Submit a 2 – 4 page paper, double spaced using a 12 point font addressing specific criteria. Criteria found in the Required Graduate Nursing Documents form.
  • Show proof of current license to practice professional nursing
  • Three academic and/or professional letters of reference - (provide reference with the following link:  Reference Form. Once reference submits form, you will be sent a confirmation email).
  • Official GRE scores taken within the past five years (scores must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions STE 345). Applicants with a previously earned doctorate or those transferring from a regionally accredited PhD in Nursing program may be exempt from taking the GRE.

In addition to the general graduate admission requirements of the university, students applying for admission are expected to fulfill the following requirements by the stated School of Nursing deadlines.

PHD  Applicants - Meet These Requirements

  • Hold or obtain a baccalaureate or master's degree in nursing from a college or university approved by a recognized national accrediting body before the first day of classes for which the applicant is applying.
  • Submission of satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the past five years.
  • A current license to practice professional nursing.

International Students - Meet These Requirements

Applicants from countries other than the United States must also meet the admission requirements for international students seeking a graduate degree as listed in the university catalog.

Evidence of English proficiency must be submitted before admission will be granted. Applicants whose primary language is not English (the undergraduate degree is from a foreign institution) must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score requirements are as follows:

  • a. 79 TOEFL iBT (internet-based test)
  • b. 550 TOEFL PBT (paper-based test)
  • c. 53 PTE
  • d. 6.5 overall band score and 6.0 in each subsection IELTS

Consideration for Admission is Also Given to One or More of the Following:

  • The applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study.
  • Socioeconomic background.
  • The involvement and level or responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service.
  • First generation of family to graduate from an undergraduate program.
  • Family responsibility or raising children.
  • Multilingual proficiency.
  • Geographic region of residence.

Levels of Admissions:

  • Full Acceptance Status: Applicants who have met all admission requirements.
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