Application Information

The PhD in Nursing is a part-time blended program, with in-person and distance learning components. Three years of coursework, delivered online during fall and spring, with six-week face-to-face education intensives in the summer. During the first summer, students are expected to attend two, three-day education intensives. Once coursework is completed, students undergo a qualifying exam. Students then complete the research and dissertation phase, culminating in a written and oral dissertation defense.


  1. Transcript of a nursing degree at the baccalaureate level or higher from a nationally accredited nursing program or equivalent.
  2. Evidence of current license to practice nursing.
  3. A Master's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university. A Master's degree in a health related discipline will be considered.
  4. A grade of “B” or higher in graduate statistics and research methods courses.
  5. A cumulative GPA of 3.25 in Master's degree work.
  6. A current Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.
  7. Provide an example of graduate work (if available).
  8. Essay: Read about the research focus of our faculty. Select one or two faculty with whom you are interested in working based on their research focus and explain how your interest aligns with the faculty members' area of research, referring to their relevant publications. Essay should be submitted in APA format and cover the following areas: preparation for doctoral work (background), why do you want a PhD (how does a PhD fit in your career plan), personal/academic strengths and weaknesses, research area of interest, and current/long term goals.
  9. Interview to determine congruence between the applicant's career goals and program objectives and between the applicants research interests and those of the faculty.
  10. Applicants must also provide three letters of reference addressing the applicant's likelihood for success in graduate work.

Note: Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing or any other nursing program will not be readmitted or considered for admission to the program.

Apply To WVU

Once you have reviewed the qualifications you can begin the application process. Below is a button that will take you to the WVU application page. To get started you'll first need to create an account on that page. Once you have done so, click "Start Application" and review your admission type prior to completing enrollment information.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for a Fall term start date

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Click on the Apply Now button above.

Please select the following options on the Application Type screen:

    • Program Deliver Method: Online
    • Type of Student: Doctorate
    • Which Program: Nursing PhD

Once you are done you will receive an email confirmation on receipt of application. You can also return to that site to track your documents and check your application status. Qualified applicants who are competitive with other applicants in the applicant pool will be invited for an interview. An invitation for an interview does not guarantee admission.

Complete Application Checklist

Once the WVU application has been completed, you must complete and submit the Application Checklist, a tool designed to ensure you have submitted all required information for your application to be considered complete.

Request Official Transcripts from All Colleges and Universities Attended

It is preferred that official transcripts be sent via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchment to Alternatively, sealed, untampered, physical official transcripts can be sent to:

WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
P.O. Box 6510
Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
1 Waterfront Place
2nd Floor
Morgantown, WV 26505


Students admitted to the program will receive an acceptance letter in April. The acceptance letter will provide information to prepare you for the PhD program including course dates for the summer session, course registration, tuition waivers, orientation, overnight accommodations, parking permits, required software and textbooks.


Students are required to attend an orientation session prior to the beginning of the Fall semester where they will learn about the program and meet with their advisors.