Admission Criteria

PhD Admission Criteria


1. Applicants to the Ph.D. in Nursing Program must hold a Master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program or its international equivalent. Students with a master's degree in a related discipline (E.g, MPH) and a Bachelor’s in Nursing may also be considered.

2. A current unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse

3. One official copy of any transcript from any undergraduate college or university attended, from which a degree was conferred. Applicants must submit one official copy of any transcript relating to any graduate level work undertaken, regardless of whether or not a degree was earned. Note: Educational systems that cannot be compared to the United States must be evaluated by a US credentials evaluation service before admission can be finalized.

4. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

5. Three letters of recommendation attesting to your academic ability

6. Curriculum Vitae including education and employment history; honors and awards; and publications and grantsmanship. Must demonstrate a progressive record of professional development in nursing

7. A personal interview with PhD program faculty

8. An exemplar of scholarly writing (E.g, An individually authored paper from your master's program or work-related project or a professional publication)

9. A statement of your professional goals and area of research interest. Reflect on how your research interest(s) may contribute to advancing the health of the people of New York, the wider geographic regions and the global community (maximum 1000 words).

10. Documented proficiency in English for international student (see the English Proficiency Requirements for Non-Native Speakers of English in the Graduate Bulletin (

11. International Applicants: Each person planning to study in the United States is required to have the appropriate immigration status. The immigration documents for F-1 and J-1 student status are issued by Visa and Immigration Services at Stony Brook University based on receipt of required supporting documentation, including evidence of admission, English language proficiency, and proof of financial support for the program of study. (see the International Students section in the Graduate Bulletin (