Academics & Admissions

Application Deadline

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Fall deadline

March 1
for fall admission

Program Eligibility

a. Post-BSN to PhD pathway

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited nursing program.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale from an accredited Bachelor of Science Nursing Program
  • The ability to demonstrate professional interests and future contributions to nursing science through the completion of three essays focused on your background, qualifications for the program, and research interests.
  • Proof of English language proficiency if your native language is not English.
  • Current RN license
  • In-person or virtual interview
  • The GRE is not required for admission to our PhD program
  • A previous statistics course in the past five years is desired but not required

b. For the Post-MS/DNP to PhD pathway

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing and one of the following: DNP, Master of Science in Nursing, Masters in a related field
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale from all previous post-secondary academic programs
  • The ability to demonstrate professional interests and future contributions to nursing science through the completion of three essays focused on your background/qualifications, PhD program interest and goals, and research interests.
  • Proof of English language proficiency if your native language is not English.
  • Current RN license
  • In-person or virtual interview
  • The GRE is not required for admission to our program
  • A previous statistics course in the past five years is desired but not required

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all previous post-secondary academic programs and coursework
  • Completion of three essays
  • CV/resume
  • Three letters of reference, preferably two of which are from PhD-prepared individuals
  • Official TOEFL scores if English is not your native language
  • Proof of RN licensure

If you are an international student, learn more about your application process here.

Supporting Documents

Mail your official transcripts to:

Graduate Admissions Offer, Rutgers University Newark
Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions
Engelhard Hall, Room 101
190 University Ave
Newark, NJ 07102

Tuition and Fees

The Tuition and Fees are posted on the Student Accounting web page (Under Graduate-Nursing)

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