How to Apply

The PhD program is administered by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Prospective students who have a master’s degree in nursing (or equivalent) apply to our PhD program.

If you have a RN with a bachelor’s degree, you can apply to our MSN-PhD Joint Degree program.  (Not being offered 2021-22)

Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2020. However, we will be accepting applications no later than January 2, 2021.

The application materials include:

Completed online YSN PhD application

Statement of Purpose (500-1000 words). In your essay, please tell us why you want a research career and how PhD study in nursing at Yale can help you to achieve your goals.  Please include how your past work/experiences have informed your decision for a PhD, as well as your intended field of study. Also, please describe your research interests, ideas for research that you want to conduct, and how this research will further the mission of Yale University School of Nursing – better health for all people.

An academic writing sample. This can be a master’s thesis or other substantial research paper you might have written and published. 

Transcripts of all your previous academic work.  Transcripts are uploaded to the application site by the applicant. For degrees earned outside the United States (with the exception of English speaking Canada), credits must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) with a course-by-course evaluation

Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Yale’s GRE code is 3987.

Resume or CV

Three letters of recommendation.  At least one letter should come from a faculty member at the last institution you attended/last degree you received.

In addition to all required application materials, international applicants to the doctoral program must submit official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam: taken within the last two (2) years for all non-native English speakers.

Interview. We will contact you if you qualify for this step in the application process.  

To request more information about the program please complete this form or contact David Vlahov, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the PhD Program at or 203-785-3554.

Several information sessions, including virtual and in-person meetings, are scheduled throughout the semester.