How often do you admit a class of students?
Admission applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for each cohort beginning each fall semester.
When is the application deadline?
The early application deadline is December 1 of each year. Individuals planning to apply for fellowships will have an increased opportunity if applying by December 1. The College of Nursing accepts applications until the class is full. However, we strongly recommend students apply by April 1 for full consideration.
Is an interview required?
Yes, an interview is required for admission.
Is the GRE required?
Yes, the GRE is required for admission to the program. The GRE must have been taken within the last five years. All scores must be submitted to the University before your application is considered complete.
What major code do students use when applying to MSU?
Students applying to the Nursing PhD program use 4013.
Do students need a bachelor’s in nursing to apply?
Yes, all students applying for the PhD program must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing to be eligible for admission.
Do students need a master’s in nursing to apply?
It is preferred that students have completed a master’s degree in nursing, but it is not required for admission. Students who have not completed the MSN may be required to complete additional coursework, as identified by their major professor and program guidance committee.
Must the statistics requirement be completed before applying?
No, but you will be admitted provisionally until the requirement is met. Please note that students admitted provisionally are not eligible for financial aid (government grants, loans) until the provision is lifted. It is recommended that students complete all requirements before applying to the program.
If I only have a BSN, do I need a graduate level statistics course?
While an undergraduate statistics course is sufficient for admission, students are encouraged to take a graduate level statistics course prior to beginning the PhD coursework (i.e. in the summer).
Can any statistics course to fulfill the requirement?
Students entering the program at the BSN level are required to have successfully completed an undergraduate statistics course within the last five years. MSN-prepared students must have completed a graduate level statistics course within the last five years.
What if students have a course from another program that they would like to transfer?
Up to 21 credits of your PhD program may be transferred from other universities. If admitted, a student would submit the syllabus for each prior course for evaluation. If the course is accepted, your education plan will be adjusted to reflect the change.
Can coursework be completed online?
All PhD level nursing courses (NUR) are taught in a classroom setting. Some other courses at the University may be offered in a hybrid or online format.
Are there off-campus sites around Michigan?
All PhD courses are taught on the MSU campus in East Lansing. Depending on enrollment, the NUR PhD courses may also be offered in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
How long does it take to complete the PhD program?
The course sequence trajectory for the PhD program can be found here.
How much does the program cost?
Tuition costs are subject to change. For the most current information, visit the Controller’s Office website.
Is financial aid available?
There are a limited number of scholarships available for PhD students from the College of Nursing, and you are encouraged to apply for them. You may also check with the Michigan State University Office of Financial Aid for further assistance. Many agencies also offer tuition reimbursement. Ask your employer about their requirements.