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Admission Requirements for Ph.D. in Nursing

The Ph.D. in Nursing program is currently suspended and will re-open when a sufficient cohort enrolls. Until such time, the College of Nursing is accepting inquiries and reviewing applications during the 2021-2022 academic year, and will be admitting new students to begin classes in Fall 2022.

  • Graduate of an accredited baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of career goals and research interests;
  • Two reference letters from nurses (one doctoral prepared, preferably PhD, and one minimally master’s-prepared). One professional letter from a supervisor and one academic. Two professional letters may be accepted for students out of school for an extended time;
  • Writing sample;
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary colleges and schools attended, both undergraduate and graduate;
  • Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the past 5 years;*
  • Documentation of professional nursing licensure within the United States and be eligible for New Jersey R.N. License;
  • TOEFL scores (minimum scores of 22 in reading, 22 in listening, 26 in speaking, and 24 in writing are required) and WES reports for all nurses educated outside the United States and/or educated in a language other than English; and
  • Application fee of $75.

Selected candidates will be invited for a personal interview.

* In response to continued hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we continue to debate the value of a GRE score as a predictor of future academic and career success, Seton Hall University is offering candidates of the Ph.D. in Nursing program for the Fall 2022 application cycle the ability to request a GRE test waiver, without negative bias. If you are submitting an application and do not have current GRE scores please contact Gabby Zengewald, Director of Graduate Admissions and Compliance,, for the waiver.

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