PhD Admissions Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

Please note that students admitted into the PhD program at UTHealth must personally reside in the state of Texas before the first day of class. 

  1. For those applying to the BSN to PhD program, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in nursing earned from a CCNE accredited program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. For those applying to the PhD program, applicants must have a master’s degree, preferably in nursing, from a CCNE accredited school with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. All applicants must have an unencumbered registered nursing license to practice in Texas. Evidence of national certification in a nursing specialty is desired, but not required for admission.
  4. TOEFL scores (if applicable)

How to Apply:

Complete the online application for admission and pay the required $60.00 application fee. The fee can be paid through the application by credit or debit card.

Required Application Documents

  1. A completed online application for admission and non-refundable $60.00 application fee.
  2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Official transcripts may be sent sent directly from the institution previously attended electronically to They will not be accepted emailed from the student. If you have attended any school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) it is not necessary to request a transcript. All transcripts must be printed within six months of receipt. 
  3. Three letters of reference are required. At least two of these letters should be solicited from individuals with doctoral degrees who can address the applicant’s ability to conduct independent research and potential for doctoral study. The applicant letter of reference should accompany the  applicant letter of reference form.
  4. International applicants must submit an official TOEFL scores. 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.
  5. A 500-word typed statement identifying a specific area  of research interest. Identify research and professional goals including reasons for pursuing doctoral study. Identify how doctoral study will assist you in attaining your goals. Please review the list of PhD faculty and identify a potential faculty advisor in your area of interest. Personal statements should be sent directly to the Registrar's Office at
  6. A professional curriculum vitae and a portfolio which documents practice expertise, scholarly activities, and publications.
  7.  A course by course evaluation of international credentials by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

Admission Criteria

In order to more clearly reflect Cizik School of Nursing's diversity within its educational environment, the School’s admission policy makes explicit the multiplicity of factors taken into consideration in the admissions process. These admission factors are not assigned a specific weight or point value. Cizik School of Nursing considers the totality of each application and gives consideration to several factors

Review and Notification

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.

Matriculation Requirements

Enrollment is contingent upon successful completion of all pre-enrollment requirements including and not limited to immunization screening, immigration status clearance, Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (CPR) Certification, and clearance of the mandatory criminal background check.

All School of Nursing students are required to have a computer and must have basic computer skills. For more information on computer requirements see computer requirements and recommendations.

Essential Skills for Nursing

Nurses must be able to demonstrate cognitive skills in critical thinking and logical/analytical thinking. Nurses must also have psychomotor skills, including fine motor dexterity, physical strength, coordination, and proper body mechanics. Observational skills are also required, such as the ability to hear within the normal decibel range, the ability to read English in regular to extra-fine print, and the ability to palpate/auscultate. Students must be able to demonstrate these skills, with or without reasonable accommodation. See HOOP 101, Disability Accommodation (