Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
PhD In Nursing
- All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made.
- Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.
PhD in Nursing Admission Requirements
(Fall 2020 Entry Term)
GPAA minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 a 4.0 scale and a minimum overall graduate GPA of a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) from an accredited program and an accredited
college or university. A Master’s degree or higher with a major in nursing (MSN, MN,
DNP) alone may fulfill the minimum degree requirement, which will be determined on
a case by case basis. To satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign educational
transcripts must show degree(s) earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s)
required by the program.
Applicants also must have completed a 3 credit hour undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of "B" or higher.
Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended.
Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official
course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.
Official transcripts should be sent to NursingCAS. To remain official, all transcripts
must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the
Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, NursingCAS will accept
official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution.
Electronic transcripts should be directed to email@example.com.
An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts
and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from
one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates,
Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE).
Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial
transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement.
Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts
As part of the online NursingCAS application process, applicants provide the names
and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their
referees. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant's
prior academic (usually college professors), employment, artistic, research and/or
clinical experience (clinical or research supervisor/manager) and qualifications (as
applicable) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program
selected. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email
notification directing them to the online site where they can complete the reference
form and submit their letter of recommendation.
Letters of Recommendation
The official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required
for applicants whose first language is not English. The TOEFL exam must be taken
within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code
for submission of TOEFL scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
TOEFL Requirements (if applicable)
Exemption for the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.
The minimum scores are:
- 213 computer-based
- 550 paper-based (PBT; prior to October 2017)
- No minimum for the revised paper-delivered test (PDT; October 2017 and later)
Please visit the International Student webpage for more information.
Program Specific Requirements
Resume/CVIncluding date of most recent revision. This item is uploaded directly into NursingCAS.
EssayIncluded within the application, applicants must submit a written component that addresses the following: (this item is required and to be submitted within NursingCAS Application).
1) Why you want to complete a PhD program.
2) The specific goals you want to accomplish while in the PhD program.
3) The area of research that you want to study for your dissertation as well as your previous education and experience related to this research area.
4) Your rationale for wanting to attend specifically the nursing PhD program at Augusta University.
Submission of an original paper reflecting research ability. This may be a research
paper or another type of scholarly paper that demonstrates critical thinking abilities. This
item is uploaded onto NURSING CAS.
LicensureNurse applicants must currently hold an unrestricted RN license and be eligible for an unrestricted RN license in the state of Georgia. Other applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.
Interviews are by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based
on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will
be notified directly by the program.
A clear or expunged criminal background record. Per the Augusta University Criminal Background Check Policy (Policy 4.1.7), final admission and enrollment for all graduate nursing and education programs are conditional on the completion of a criminal background check with results deemed acceptable to the applicable college/program’s professional standards.
Failure to complete the required background check, provide information necessary to conduct the background check, or provide false or misleading information, may disqualify applicants from final admission and matriculation into the program and University.
Instructions for completing criminal background checks will be provided to applicants upon acceptance into these programs. For further information on the policy including the policy statement, reason for the policy, authorization process, process/procedures, and review process, please refer to the Applicant Criminal Background Check Policy.
Proof of Lawful Presence
In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are US Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to the Office of Admissions.
Testing and Disability Services
The Office of Disability Services provides a variety of services and accommodations to meet the needs of disability related concerns in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act – Amended Act (2008), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Board of Regents' policies. Accommodations for students with disabilities are made on an Individual basis. For more information, please email or visit the Testing & Disability Services website.