Menu

PhD Admission Criteria

In order to more clearly reflect the UT 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. The School of Nursing considers the totality of each application and gives consideration to the following factors:

  • Intellectual capacity, based on consideration of the overall collegiate GPA; standardized test scores (GRE, TOEFL); academic awards and honors; scholarly accomplishments; degree of difficulty of previous academic programs; pre-professional evaluations; personal interview; and any other relevant data submitted;
  • Interpersonal and communication skills, i.e., evidence of being well-written and well- spoken exemplified by standardized test scores in verbal abilities; any other relevant considerations that the student may present;
  • Community service, as evidenced by extracurricular activities, membership and leadership in organizations, volunteer, and humanitarian services;
  • Awareness and direct knowledge of cultural elements’ impact on healthcare;
  • Breadth and depth of nursing and other experiences, based on consideration of factors in the record reflecting a combination of a strong scientific background and an ability to understand the complex problems facing health care providers and patients, e.g., ethical or socioeconomic problems;
  • Potential for service to the State of Texas, with consideration given to Texas residency; applicant’s goals for the future; cultural/socioeconomic status; race/ethnicity; potential for future provision of health services to underserved areas or needed specialties; linguistic skills appropriate to the Health Professions Shortage Area to which the applicant wishes to serve;
  • Motivation, with consideration given to success in overcoming adverse economic or educational conditions; employment history; participation in activities requiring time management skills; experience in health-related activities;
  • Integrity, with consideration given to any academic integrity violation; conduct or disciplinary problems in college and/or the workplace;
  • Technical standards, related to observation, communication, timeliness of psychomotor skills, intellectual and cognitive abilities, behavioral and social attributes; and
  • Ethical standards, related to personal and professional demeanor and behavior.