PhD in Nursing Science

Apply to our PhD in Nursing Science program

Our PhD in Nursing Science has two research tracks that will prepare you for a career in nursing education, health systems, or clinical science.

This is a full time program. It takes four years to complete the BSN–PhD, and three years for the MSN–PhD.

Both tracks have distance-accessible options for both domestic and international students

Admission criteria:

  • Successful completion of a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN), or a BSN and a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from programs within regionally accredited institutions of higher education.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required, for the BSN degree and for the MSN if applicable. Similar equivalency will be required for graduates of international programs.
  • Successful completion of a graduate-level course in statistics (3 credit hours with a grade of B- or higher) for the MSN-PhD track only.

Review program details & learning outcomes


Entry 2023

  • Applications available online: September 03, 2022
  • Deadline to apply: November 15, 2022
  • All qualified applicants will be interviewed; semester begins: May
  • Notifications sent to students: Admission decision notification: January

Steps to apply

Prior completion of a 3-credit, graduate-level statistics course from an accredited four-year university with a grade of B- or better is required for admission to the MSN-PhD track. You do not have to meet the prerequisite to apply, but it must be completed prior to beginning the PhD program. If you wish to take NURS-R 505 at IUPUI, complete the Nursing Science PhD Prep application:

  • Create account or login to existing one
  • Enter “Nursing” into search bar, and filter by campus, selecting IUPUI
  • Select the application for program Nursing Science PhD Prep

There is a $70 fee associated with this application, but ask the Graduate Advisor for Doctoral Programs for a fee waiver coupon code.

Complete the online IU graduate and professional application.

The application for the 2023 PhD admission cycle will open on September 3, 2022. Applications are due by November 15, 2022.

  • Create account or login to existing one
  • Enter “Nursing” into search bar, and filter by campus, selecting IUPUI
  • Select the correct application for Nursing Science PhD, being careful to select either the in-person or online track as well as a Health Systems or Clinical Nursing Science focus
  • Carefully read the Program Descriptions to see program start dates, application deadlines, and application materials required

There is a $70 fee associated with this application.

Please make and keep a copy of the entire packet for your records. These items may be uploaded into the online PhD application, or you may submit them directly via email or mail to the Graduate Advisor for Doctoral Programs at 600 Barnhill Drive, NU 147, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

All applicants will submit the online PhD application and the following required supporting materials:

  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary coursework*
  • Confirmation of research support from an IU School of Nursing faculty advisor
  • Three references indicating ability to succeed in the PhD program, including preferably at least one from a nurse faculty member who has knowledge of the applicant’s academic ability
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • The application includes five short essay questions in lieu of a personal statement. Each response should be 300 words or less. Responses will be evaluated for content, clarity, congruence with the PhD role, grammar, and punctuation
  • Proof of English Proficiency for non-native English speakers
  • Qualified applicants will be invited to a formal admission interview with PhD faculty

*Submit official transcripts from each university and college attended outside of the Indiana University system. For coursework completed at Indiana University (any campus), we will have access to your official transcript - you do not need to send one.

To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to the IU School of Nursing by the issuing institution or their agent. We cannot accept transcripts that are marked “Issued to Student.” The issuing institution can send transcripts electronically to (preferred method) or by mail to:

IUSON, Attn: Graduate Advisor for Doctoral Programs
600 Barnhill Drive, room NU 147
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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