Nursing, PhD: Application Requirements

  • The Nursing PhD program is offered at the IUP main campus, at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, and at Pittsburgh East. Students must have a master’s degree in nursing or a related field. Submit the following items to the IUP Admissions Office for admission consideration:

    • Complete the application form online, or request a hard copy by e-mailing
    • Nonrefundable $50 application fee
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Signed and dated statement of career and academic goals: Identify your professional goals and research area of interest, a summation of your achievements within the field of practice, and a summary of your research abilities
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including those institutions from which a degree was not earned
    • Nursing license
    • Current curriculum vitae

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Admissions Office
    Sutton Hall, Suite 120
    1011 South Drive
    Indiana PA, 15705

    Completed applications are forwarded by the Admission Office to the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions for review. Selected applicants are invited by the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions for an interview. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

    For information on application requirements for the DNP to PhD program at IUP, visit the DNP to PhD application requirements page.

    To Learn More...

    To learn more about IUP, the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program, and a career as a nurse educator, contact the Doctor in Philosophy nursing coordinator for an appointment or to discuss program details:

    Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger
    246 Johnson Hall

    Visit the IUP campus.

    Admission Requirements

    Students seeking admission to the PhD program in Nursing must satisfy the minimum School of Graduate Studies and Research requirements and have a master’s degree in nursing or a related field. International students are ineligible for the program.

    All applicants must also submit the following for review by the doctoral program committee:

    • Official Higher Education Transcripts
    • Nursing License
    • Current Curriculum Vitae
    • Writing Sample (Goal Statement)
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Personal Interview

    Refer to the nursing doctoral student applications packet for additional information about the admission process.

    All items in the applicant’s application package will be evaluated by the doctoral program committee to provide a composite score for ranking of applicants to determine acceptance into the program.