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Admissions Requirements: MSN-PhD

The doctoral program begins every September. Doctoral applicants, including those interested in pursuing the MS-PhD track, must submit their completed applications by November 1 of the previous year. Applicants interested in the MSN-PhD must submit their completed applications by November 1. Please contact​ for details on submitting applications to both the Master's and PhD programs. 

The Graduate Admission Committee cannot properly evaluate a candidate nor offer an interview until the all required application items have been received.

A completed application includes the following documents:

  1. $80 application fee
  2. Online application accessible at
  3. Response to the doctoral essay question. NOTE: MSN-PhD applicants must also reply respond to the two MSN essay questions.
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation, one from each of the following sources: academic, employer and professional
  5. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  6. Official results from the GRE exam taken within the last five (5) years
  7. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam taken within the last two (2) years (for non-native English speaking applicants only)
  8. Copy of official RN license(s).

Information for International Applicants

In addition to all required application materials, international applicants to the doctoral program must submit the following items:

We require a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam and a minimum combined score of 7.0 for the IELTS. International applicants who have been accepted to the PhD program may be required to attend The University of Pennsylvania's Summer English Language Program for International Teaching Assistants.  The cost of this program is to be paid by the student and will entail temporary housing.  Students will be expected to pass a language proficiency examination upon the conclusion of this course (if not passed prior to admission).  More information regarding English Language Programs (ELP) can be found here.

International applicants are encouraged to contact the University of Pennsylvania’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for more information.​