Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

PhD Admissions

Application Deadline: January 2, 2014

PhD admissions requirements include:

    • Master's degree in nursing or equivalent
    • Competitive Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken no more than 5 years prior to application
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose first language is other than English. This requirement can be waived if the applicant has completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or another English-speaking country.
    • Completion of a graduate-level course work in statistics and in research methods, with grades of at least High Pass, B, 3.0, or equivalent
    • Admission essay as described in the online application
    • References from three individuals, one of whom must be doctorally prepared, that address the student's aptitude for doctoral study
    • Sample of written work, e.g., published article, thesis, literature review
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

To request more information about the program please visit: https://apply.nursing.yale.edu/register/PhD

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the GRE required?

Yes, the GRE is required of all applicants to the PhD program in Nursing.  It cannot be waived.  It is recommended candidates sit for the GRE by December 15 to allow timely processing of the official scores. 

Yale University GRE Code for PhD: 3987

Is the application deadline firm?

Yes, please submit the application and all supporting documents by January 2 in order to meet all appropriate deadlines. 

How many letters of recommendation are required?

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required of all PhD applicants.  One of the three recommenders must be doctorally prepared in order to address your aptitude for doctoral study.  Letters for the PhD program are strictly electronic; paper letters are not accepted.  

What should I do if English not my first language?

Individuals whose first language is other than English must take the TOEFL or IELTS. This requirement can be waived if the applicant has completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or an international institution where English is the primary language of instruction. There is no official minimum score for the PhD program, however, YSN encourages an overall TOEFL score of 100/120 or an IELTS band score of 7.0/9.0.  

If I am the graduate of a foreign nursing school, what steps must I take prior to application?

It is not necessary for PhD applicants to go through the CGFNS/NCLEX process.   Nor do PhD applicants have to have their transcripts evaluated by a credentialing agency.  The Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences does not require either of these steps to participate in the PhD program.