Applicants should submit to the Registrar (unless otherwise noted) the following materials:

  1. A completed application for admission. Electronic submission preferred.
  2. A $60.00 non-refundable application fee (pay online when you are in the system or send check or money order payable in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank in the U.S. to: Office of the Registrar, UTHSC-H, P.O. Box 20036 Houston, Texas 77225). Note: The application fee is not due by the deadline for your program.
  3. One official copy of your transcript from each institution attended. If you have attended any school within The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston it is not necessary to request a transcript. Electronic submission preferred. Transcript(s) should show:
    • A Baccalaureate degree in nursing earned from an accredited program.
    • A Master’s degree preferably in nursing from an accredited school.
  4. Applicants with a Master’s GPA of less than 3.5 are required to submit official scores for the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
  5. Three (3) satisfactory academic/professional references (at least one reference must possess an earned doctoral degree). Supply individual references with an applicant letter of reference form.
  6. One official copy of TOEFL score if international applicant. TOEFL scores can be no more than two (2) years old and a minimum score of 550 is required on the paper exam, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based exam, or a minimum score of 86 on the internet-based exam.
  7. A course by course evaluation of international credentials by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for individuals with degrees from outside the U.S.
  8. Eligibility for licensure to practice as a registered nurse in Texas. Evidence of national certification in a nursing specialty is desired but is not required for admission.
  9. A 500-word typed statement of area of research interest, career goals, and reasons for desiring doctoral study. Email to or mail to: Student Affairs Office, Attn: Admissions, The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston, 6901 Bertner Avenue, Houston, Texas 77030.
  10. A professional curriculum vitae and a portfolio which documents practice expertise, scholarly activities, and publications.

Additional Requirements:

  • Qualified applicants will be interviewed by faculty members to provide an opportunity to assess whether the program interfaces with applicant’s educational needs and career goals. The match of the applicant’s interest and goals with faculty members’ areas of research, scholarship, teaching, and practice expertise is also assessed.

Additional Requirements (if admitted into program):

  • Acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of immunization screening, immigration status clearance, Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (CPR) Certification, and clearance of the mandatory criminal background check. All new students must successfully clear a criminal background check prior to enrollment.

For more information contact:

Office of Registrar
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
7000 Fannin, Suite 2250
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713-500-3361
Fax: 713-500-3356

Mailing Address:
Office of The Registrar
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
PO Box 20036
Houston, Texas 77225-0036