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MSN-PhD Admissions

Our MSN-PhD program is for highly motivated nursing students who have their undergraduate degree and are seeking both a Masters of Science in Nursing, as well as their PhD.

All doctoral programs start in September. Please note that MSN-PhD applications are due by November 1; this allows a decision to be made on the MSN application prior to the PhD deadline.

Admission requirements

A complete application includes the following:

  • $80 non-refundable application fee
  • Completed online application
  • Essay responses: to the doctoral essay question, as well as to the two MSN essay questions
  • Three letters of recommendation: from each of the following: academic, employer, and professional; all letters of recommendation must be submitted online, without exception, through the online application
  • Transcripts: unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, must be uploaded to the online application; official transcripts are required if offered admission only.
  • Official GRE scores: As of July 1, 2021 the GRE is no longer required.
  • Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam: taken within the last two (2) years (for non-native English speaking applicants receiving international degrees only); applicants receiving a Bachelors or Masters degree in the United States or Canada OR your undergraduate/graduate degree was conducted in English are exempt from this requirement. Additional information is available for international applicants.
  • Copy of official RN license(s)
  • Interview: we will contact you if you qualify for this step in the application process

Our Graduate Admission Committee cannot properly evaluate a candidate or offer an interview until all required application items have been received.

Please contact admissions@nursing.upenn.edu​ with any questions about submitting applications to both the Master’s and PhD programs. 

Mailing address

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
 418 Curie Blvd
 Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217
 Attention: Office of Enrollment Managem ent

Electronic transcripts should be sent to admissions@nursing.upenn.edu.

International applicants

Please visit our International Applicants page for further information.