Admission Requirements - PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

To be eligible for enrollment in course work, the student must be admitted to the University and to the Graduate College. The Dean of the Graduate College, upon recommendation of the faculty of the College of Nursing, determines final admission to and graduation from the Graduate College University of Oklahoma Health Science center.

  • Applicants may enter the PhD program with either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Nursing.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken in the past five years of the application date for Verbal, Quantitative and Writing exams. Competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Desired scores are at the 50th percentile or higher for the Verbal and the Quantitative exams, and 4 or above for the Writing exam. Test scores more than 5 years old will not be accepted.Click here for information regarding a GRE Preparation Preview.
  • TOEFL may be required for students born outside the U.S. The desired scores are at least 550 for the paper-based test or 79 on the internet based version, and must be no more than two years old.
  • Submit a current Curriculum Vitae using the CV template provided. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the Word template format.
  • Evidence of entry level graduate writing ability based on written application essay.
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Official Transcripts from ALL previously attended institutions. Cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees is desired.
  • Prerequisite Statistics Course. Course must be completed with a  grade of "C" or better. 
  • Application to the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing
  • Interviews with PhD nursing faculty members, in person or via telephone conference (arranged by the College of Nursing).
  • Computer Requirements for OUCN Students Effective Fall 1998, all students will be required to own a computer. Specific computer and software requirements will be shared with students at orientation. Financial aid may be obtained for the purchase of required equipment.

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 three years of full-time doctoral work for nurses committed to careers in academic geriatric nursing. The program awards a total of $150,000 (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. 

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Dr. Emily Jones, the PhD Program Director, is available to assist applicants with the application process. Applicants may request an advisement appointment by calling 405-271-1491 x49135 or via email at

Additional Opportunities 

  • In Person at the College of Nursing
    Academic advisors are available at our three campus locations. See the below "Contact Us" section for contact information.
  • First Friday's - University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
    Nursing advisement is available on site at OU Norman. A nursing advisor will be at University College (Wagner Hall) on the First Friday of the month of Sept-Dec and Feb-April, 1:30 pm -3:30 pm. No appointments are taken for this event. Students are seen on a first-come/first-serve basis.
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