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PhD Admissions

All doctoral programs start in September. If you are applying to our PhD program, we must receive your completed application by December 1 of the prior year.

Application requirements

A complete application includes the following:

  • $80 non-refundable application fee
  • Completed online application
  • Written response to the doctoral essay question
  • Three letters of recommendation: from each of the following sources: 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 into the online application; official transcript are required if offered admission only.
  • Official GRE scores: completed within the last five (5) years—please note: competitive applicants are expected to score in the 50th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE and 4.0 on the analytical writing section (submit scores to Institution Code 2911).
  • Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam: taken within the last two (2) years (for non-native English speaking applicants with international degrees only); applicants who receive a BSN or MSN 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.

Mailing address

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

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

International applicants

Please visit our International Applicants page for further information.