Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science

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USU's Graduate School of Nursing was established in 1993 with the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Since then, it has grown in size and scope. Now, the GSN has four Master of Science in Nursing programs, three Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and a Doctor of Philosophy program.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science

PhD applications for the May 2020 incoming class will be accepted until December 15, 2019.  Beginning in 2020 (class matriculating in 2021), all PhD admissions applications will be due NLT August 15th. 


Admission Criteria

  • Nurses from the uniformed services have priority for admissions. Nurses employed in federal agencies nominated and supported by their agency are also eligible for admission into the PhD program on a space available basis.
  • Master's degree in nursing or related field at an accredited school with a minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current nursing license of eligibility for licensure in any of the 50 states and territories
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Completed Online Application for Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science
  • Arrange to have original transcripts sent from all post-secondary education institutions you attended
  • Official evidence of scores on the Graduate Record Exam taken within five years of application
  • Clear and succinct statement of the applicant's reason for PhD study and a match to faculty programs of research (Applicants may submit an essay, term paper, thesis, published article or professional report to demonstrate their ability to communicate logic and concepts)
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in word processing, email and internet use
  • Three letters of reference from professors or other professionals who can adequately evaluate the applicant's potential for success using the preformatted LOR form intended for this purpose. Please e-mail to request a copy of the LOR form
    • At least two of the letters should be from nurses prepared at the PhD Level who can describe
      • The applicant’s understanding of the PhD role in military service or federal agency to which the applicant belongs
      • The applicant’s capability to succeed in a rigorous PhD program
  • An interview with PhD faculty members to assess the applicant, link research interests with USU faculty expertise, intent and level of motivation for successful completion of PhD study


Supporting Documents

Mail completed documents to:

Office of the University Registrar/GSN Admissions
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road, Building 79, 1st Floor
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4712


Email the Office of University Registrar/GSN Admissions at

Admission into the USU Graduate School of Nursing is competitive. Each applicant must meet the general School requirements as well as the requirements for the individual program options they wish to pursue.

The admissions process takes into consideration all application materials when evaluating an applicant. It also reserves the right to require additional materials. Students who do not meet the minimum recommended requirements in all areas may be considered on an individual basis.

Please contact  to receive Letters of Reference.

Important note: University admissions are separate and distinct from the sponsoring agency (e.g. Air Force, Army, Navy, PHS). Admissions are competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the university. Applicants must be accepted by both the university and the sponsoring agency to attend the university.