Admissions
Admission to the PhD program is selective due to the rigorous nature of the program. The ideal candidate should desire a career in research and have an interest in the research currently in progress at the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Faculty scholars provide mentorships in the following areas: Health Disparities, Minority and LGBT Health, HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases, Family and Maternal-Child Health, Intimate Partner Violence, Patient Safety, and Substance Abuse.

For the BSN-to-PhD program, applicants must have a BSN from an accredited institution. For the MSN-to-PhD program, applicants must have a BSN and a Master of Science in nursing or a health-related discipline from an accredited institution.

The typical student entering the PhD program exceeds the University of Miami’s minimum academic admission requirements as related to GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores and undergraduate GPAs (3.0 or higher). Other admission materials that are highly considered through the application process include letters of recommendation, statement of career goals, and personal interview conducted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies’ faculty.


PhD Program Types by Entry Term and Application Deadlines:

BSN-to-PhD
Entry Term: Summer 2017

Application Deadlines:
  • UM Fellowship Support Consideration Deadline: December 1, 2016
  • Other Financial Support Consideration Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Final Deadline: April 1, 2017

MSN-to-PhD
Entry Term: Fall 2017

Application Deadlines:
  • UM Fellowship Support Consideration Deadline: December 1, 2016
  • Other Financial Support Consideration Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Final Deadline: April 1, 2017


PhD Program Types by Entry Term and Application Deadlines:


PhD Application Portal
Applications for the PhD program must be submitted through NursingCAS at http://www.nursingcas.org/. Simply create an account, search for the BSN-to-PhD or MSN-to-PhD program for your intended semester of entry, and complete the required steps to apply online.

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies only reviews completed applications. Be sure to monitor the status of your application by checking the “View My Notifications” and “Check Status” sections of NursingCAS and following up or responding appropriately to ensure all admission materials are submitted by the application deadline.

Questions about the NursingCAS application portal should be directed to NursingCAS.

PhD Admission Requirements
1. Prior Degrees
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution preferably in nursing (required by all applicants)
  • Master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution in nursing or a health-related discipline (required for MSN-to-PhD applicants only)
  • Degree requirements:

    • Degrees in nursing from a NLN or CCNE accredited programs are preferred.
    • Official transcripts for each institution attended must be mailed from the issuing institution’s registrar’s office directly to NursingCAS. NursingCAS cannot process transcripts that are stamped “Issued to Student.” To expedite the process be sure to include the Transcript Request Form from the “Colleges Attended” section in Academic History.
    • Applicants are required to list all institutions attended on their application even if no degree was awarded in the “Colleges Attended” section in Academic History.
    • Applicants with international transcripts should refer to the Additional Requirements for International Transcripts section below.
    • International applicants must have a degree equivalent to a U.S. Baccalaureate degree in nursing.
2. Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0

3. Competitive GRE scores
  • School code: 5815
  • Department code: 0610
  • Official ETS score reports should be mailed directly to the School of Nursing and Health Studies:
University of Miami
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Office of Student Services, Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 248153
Coral Gables, FL 33124-3850

4. Introductory Statistics Course

5. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s disposition towards scholarship
  • Preferably from individuals with doctorates in nursing.
  • At least one reference from an academic source.
  • Complete the “References” section in Supporting Information to request electronic recommendations.
6. Statement of professional goals
  • Discuss specific research interests and how areas of interest might fit in with the ongoing research activities of the School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) faculty. Reasons for applying to the BSN-to-PhD program at the University of Miami, future professional goals, and related clinical, teaching, and/or research experience should also be addressed.
  • It is important to match the applicant’s research interests with the research expertise of the SONHS faculty. It is recommended that applicants review the faculties’ CVs, listing publications, and areas of research interest on the SONHS website before applying.
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab.
7. Current CV/resume
  • The CV/resume should include work and volunteer experience, licensure and other certifications, awards, professional organizations, and academic history.
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab.
8. Current, unrestricted RN license to practice nursing in the state of Florida, or the state/territory of current practice
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab.
9. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification
  • Only BLS certifications from the American Heart Association are accepted.
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab.
Interviews will be scheduled at the discretion of the faculty. The interview may be in person or via telephone or webcam. Applicants are responsible to cover all associated travel expenses.

Additional Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Residents
Applicants must upload a copy of their passport in the "Documents" tab.

Additional Requirements for International Transcripts

All applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States must submit all international transcripts and diplomas (if applicable) to one of the three approved evaluation service slisted below: 

Approved Evaluation Services:
1) Josef Silny & Associates(JS&A)
2) WorldEducation Services (WES)
3) Educational CredentialEvaluators, Inc. (ECE)

Applicants will be able to request for their completed evaluation to be sent electronically from Josef Silney or World Education Services to NursingCAS.  Students must request a course-by-course evaluation, calculation of grade point average and degree equivalency.  After applicants list their foreign institution under the “Academic History” section, applicants are able to select their preferred evaluation service for electronic delivery.   If applicants choose to have their evaluation sent by mail, the documents must be sent directly from one of the three approved evaluation services to NursingCAS.   

Any documents received by the School of Nursing & Health Studies will become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant or sent to a third party, including evaluation services.


Additional Requirements for applicants for whom English is not the native language
Applicants must meet the English requirements set forth by the University of Miami. Send TOEFL scores directly to the School of Nursing and Health Studies:

University of Miami
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Office of Student Services, Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 248153
Coral Gables, FL 33124-3850

Application and Admission Guidelines
Applicants are only permitted to apply to 1 program at the School of Nursing and Health Studies during the same application cycle (i.e., the same semester).

Admission is granted subject to passing of all conditions stated on the Certificate of Admission. This includes FBI background clearance, a passing drug test, valid immunizations (including flu vaccination), and complete financial registration. The PhD requires that students have a background report without any infractions. If a student’s background report contains any infractions, regardless of how they were resolved or adjudicated, he/she will not have cleared the background check and the conditional admission will be withdrawn.

Please note that student admissions are conducted on a case-by-case basis and the faculty of the School of Nursing and Health Studies reserves the right to waive any requirement or request additional information from applicants.