PhD in Nursing Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Doctor of Philosophy program are subject to the rules and regulations of the Graduate College. Admission to the doctoral program is open to all qualified applicants who meet the requirements as stated in the Graduate Catalog. Potential students are encouraged to consult the Graduate Catalog prior to applying for admission. In addition, admission to the doctoral program requires the following:

  1. A Master of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited program.
  2. A graduate record grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  3. A completed Online Graduate Application for Admission.
  4. A personal statement that delineates the applicant's
    1. Rationale for selecting Hampton University’s doctoral program,
    2. Description of goals and aspirations,
    3. Expectations of doctoral study,
    4. Previous research and scholarship, and
    5. Current research interest that could lead to the development of a dissertation.
      • The statement should be between 3 and 5 typed pages, double spaced, and in a 12- point Times New Roman or Arial font.
  5. A current curriculum vita that includes sections on education, research and scholarly activity, and service.
  6. A current valid license to practice professional Nursing in any state at the time of admission.
  7. Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's employment and academic qualifications are required. Letters should be on professional letterhead and address the applicant's qualifications. Recommendations must come from professionals, such as the applicant’s most recent employer, a previous nursing professor, supervisors, and/or nurse managers. The professional providing the reference must also complete Part II and Part III of the Recommendation Form.
  8. Approval of the Graduate Admissions, Scholarship and Standards Committee of the School of Nursing.