Application Process (PhD)

Easy 2-Step Application Process (Must complete both steps)

Applications include the following two forms:

  • NursingCAS Admission Application
  • OUHSC Supplemental Application
  • Admission requirements are subject to change. It is the applicant’s responsibility to stay informed regarding current applicable requirements. Please check the website often for updates.
  • Applications must be received by the application deadline for preferred admissions. Any applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis. All applications must be complete. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed. Please review the admission requirements for the PhD Program prior to applying.
  • For your convenience, a tutorial packet is available for review at: Application Tutorial.
  • Applicants are advised to have a copy of their transcripts available for reference when completing the application process.

Nursing CAS Admission Application (Step #1 of 2)

To prepare, applicants are encouraged to request copies of their official transcripts.  These will be helpful when completing the NursingCAS Application.  Please see bullets below regarding essay and CV, as well. 

NursingCAS Instructions


Complete NursingCAS Admissions Application at:

Program Designation Degree Type: "PhD (Post-Baccalaureate)" for both BSN-PhD and MSN-PhD applicants.


Complete the required sections:

  • Personal Information
  • Academic History
    (Have transcripts available for data entry)
  • Three (3) References/Evaluations
  • Program Materials

Pay appropriate application fees.



  • Transcripts may be mailed before or after the admissions application is submitted.
  • Transcripts should be sent by the application deadline
  • Official transcripts from each school previously and currently attended must be mailed (recommended using the Nursing CAS request form in the online app)
  • High School transcripts required if utilizing foreign language exemption.
  • Mail official transcripts to:
    Nursing CAS Transcript Department
    PO Box 9201
    Watertown, MA 02471

Routinely check application "Program Status" to confirm all transcripts are received and verified or to enter updated grades at:


(617) 612-2880

Supplemental Nursing Application (Step 2)

After the NursingCAS Admission Application is started, the OUHSC Supplemental Application can be started.

OUHSC Supplemental Instructions


Complete the supplemental application at:


Enter the Nursing CAS ID number from the Admission Application (Step 1).


Pay appropriate service fees.


If needed, mail the following to Admissions & Records:

  • Residency documentation
  • Official test score reports, including GRE
  • TOEFL exam results (or petition)
  • WES evaluation of international coursework
  • Immigration documentation

Mailing Address:

OUHSC Office of Admissions & Records 
PO Box 26901, LIB 121
Oklahoma City, OK 73126


Application Status:

Routinely log-in to your application account at to confirm that all supplemental materials are received and verified.

(405) 271-2359

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted during the below listed periods for the respective program. Application deadlines are the end date of the application period. Applications must be received by 10:59 p.m. CST on the application deadline. No late applications are accepted. All applications must be complete. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed. Please review the admission requirements for the selected program prior to applying.


Spring-Summer 2017

Fall 2017

PhD Program


Aug. 25-April 1, 2017

Late admission applications are reviewed on a space-available basis.

Note: Scholarship Application deadline is March 15, 2017.  
Admission applications must be submitted by March 15 for scholarship eligibility. 

Please note:

PhD Program Applicants
Due to federal regulations from the Department of Education, the College of Nursing currently accepts applications for its online master’s and doctoral degree programs from residents of the states participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). A list of participating states can be found at: Applicants are encouraged to check with their local State Boards of Nursing regarding any specific professional licensure requirements prior to applying or enrolling.

Additional Information

Research Focus

The PhD program requires applicants briefly describe their research focus when completing the admission application. To prepare, applicants may review our list of faculty areas of research interest posted with the essay prompts at: essay prompts.

This will be entered in the NursingCAS Admissions Application under the Program Materials questions page.

Reference Instructions

  • All applicants must submit three (3) evaluations/references, preferably from employers or former instructors.
  • References may be submitted online through the NursingCAS Admission Application (Step #1).

  • Alternatively, references can also be submitted by:
    • Mail to: OUHSC College of Nursing, Attn:  Admissions Coordinator, PO Box 26901, Oklahoma City, OK 73126.
    • By fax: Attention to the Admissions Coordinator at (405) 271-7341
    • By email:

General Recommendations for Applicants



  • Following the initial application process, applicants may need to update their grades or transcripts.
  • Updated grades or new planned/in-progress coursework should be updated in the NursingCAS admission application during the application process.
  • Updated transcripts may be sent to the NursingCAS Transcript Department during the application process. 
Nursing CAS Transcript Department 
PO Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471



  • A hold will appear in the supplemental application status for a “final” transcript, if one is needed.
  • This hold does not affect admission processing.
  • If offered admission, a last and final transcripts should be sent to:
OUHSC Office of Admissions & Records
PO Box 26901, LIB 121
Oklahoma City, OK 73126



  • Check e-mail accounts routinely for any communication from the College or application service. Respond promptly to any requests.
  • Complete as many prerequisites as possible prior to application.
  • Prioritize prerequisite, laboratory sciences. Content preparation is very important.
  • Complete the majority of prerequisites at the university level when possible.
  • Confirm all transcripts are received and posted by checking the application status online. Missing transcripts are noted in many denied applications.
  • Grades for in progress courses will likely not be returned prior to admission decisions being made. All GPAs must be at the minimum required both at time of application and through enrollment in the program. Low GPAs are a primary cause of most denied applications.


GRE Test Results

  • GRE Scores received within the last five (5) years must be mailed. The OUHSC ID number is 6902.
  • Test results should be sent to: 
OUHSC Office of Admissions & Records 
PO Box 26901, LIB 121 
Oklahoma City, OK 73126


Scholarship Opportunities

  • The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, with support from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, seeks applicants for the Reynolds Predoctoral Scholarship award. The Reynolds Scholarship award is designed to support two years of fulltime doctoral work for nurses committed to careers in academic geriatric nursing. The program awards a total of $100,000 (up to $50,000 per annum) to each selected Reynolds Scholar candidate enrolled full-time in the PhD in nursing program at the College of Nursing. Visit the Reynolds Center website for additional information.
  • The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, seeks applicants for the Family-Centered Nursing Science Predoctoral Scholarship award. This 2-year scholarship program supports full time PhD education for nurses committed to careers in academic family-centered nursing. Through generous funding from a donor, the College of Nursing will award a total of $100,000 ($50,000 per year for two years) to each selected Predoctoral Scholar awardee. Scholarship Awards begin in August of the award year. Awardees are designated Family-Centered Nursing Science Predoctoral Scholars.

Incomplete Applications

It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm all admission requirements are met and all coursework (including planned prerequisite courses) is posted for proper evaluation of the application. Applicants may not be contacted by the College if their application is deficient or incomplete. Again, this is the applicant’s responsibility.

Admission Timeline

  • Complete applications will be processed only after the application deadline has passed.
  • The application review process will take approximately 2-4 months to complete.
  • Applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding their admission status.
  • Certain programs may require an enrollment deposit if admission is offered.

In-State/Out-of-State Tuition Policy

Residency is determined by the HSC Office of Admission and Records. Please review their website for further information. Questions regarding the policy can be directed to their office at 

TOEFL Requirements

A TOEFL examination will be required if the applicant was born outside the United States of America. The minimum score required is 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) and 100 (internet based). The TOEFL examination can be no more than 2 years old and must be completed and filed at time of application with the Office of Admissions & Records. Waivers are not generally permitted through the College of Nursing, but may be considered for applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • US Citizens born abroad (such as military dependents),
  • International Students or Permanent Residents who completed grades 6-12 of their secondary education in the US and completed higher education (college coursework) in the United States,
  • Are from countries where English is the first or official language, or
  • Have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a regionally accredited institution in the United States. 

The TOEFL waiver may be downloaded at: ms/TOEFL%20Waiver%20Request%20Form_edit.pdf.

Applicants must first apply online (NursingCAS and Supplemental Application) before submitting a TOEFL waiver form. Admission may be denied if TOEFL scores are not reported or are below the minimum required at time of application. For additional information on the examination or to register for the test, please visit:

TOEFL scores should be sent to:

OUHSC Office of Admissions & Records
PO Box 26901, LIB 121
Oklahoma City, OK 73126


International Applicant Instructions


If the applicant has completed coursework outside of the United States, the applicant must obtain an evaluation of the international coursework through World Education Services (WES). The WES evaluation will not determine the applicant's eligibility for or admission to the nursing program. The WES evaluation will only determine the U.S. equivalency of the international coursework. The official WES report must be submitted with all other application materials and transcripts to the Office of Admissions & Records. No other evaluation of international coursework will be accepted to meet this requirement. For additional information regarding WES evaluations or to begin your evaluation, please visit:

WES Evaluations should be sent to: 

OUHSC Office of Admissions & Records
PO Box 26901 LIB 121
Oklahoma City, OK 73126



  • Employment: Students seeking licensure in the state of Oklahoma as a Registered Nurse or Advanced Practice Nurse must meet the regulatory requirements of the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. In November 2007, the State of Oklahoma passed legislation which potentially limits employment opportunities to international students. Applicants are encouraged to review these guidelines prior to admission to the nursing program. Please visit the Oklahoma Board of Nursing website at:
  • Online Curriculum: Current Oklahoma regulations preclude international students from participating in academic programs that are conducted entirely via the Internet. Applicants are advised to review the curriculum for their anticipated program.
  • If an applicant has questions regarding their application as an international student they may contact the OUHSC’s international advisor: Elsa Higuchi in the Office of Admissions & Records at 405-271-2347, ext. 48906. Applicants may also contact the College of Nursing at


Contact Us

Nursing CAS application (Step #1) questions should be directed to:

  • (617) 612-2888

Supplemental application (Step #2) questions should be directed to:

  • (405)271-2359

General application questions should be directed to:

Admissions Coordinator

Please contact our Admissions Coordinator with any questions or concerns regarding your application:

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