Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements for Admission

The following are the requirements for admission into the OHSU School of Nursing PhD program. Please see the international applicant web page for additional requirements if you are a resident of a country other than the United States.

Prior Degree
It is expected that applicants to the PhD program have a baccalaureate degree in nursing or a master's degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. On a case-by-case basis, the application committee will consider a master's degree in a related field as meeting the requirement for admission. Please contact the PhD Program Director to discuss this option.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required to apply to the PhD program.  However, some research funding and scholarship opportunities may still require the GRE.  Please contact the admissions office for more details.    

RN Status

  • RN Licensure: Students on the Portland campus must have a nursing license in the State of Oregon prior to enrolling.  Students attending from a distance must have a nursing license within their primary state of residence prior to enrolling. If distance students come to Portland to engage in nursing practice (including conducting research in Oregon), they must obtain a nursing license in the state of Oregon.

Grade Point Average
Minimum Graduate or undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit three letters of reference as a part of the application process. References should have the ability to speak to the applicant's potential for scientific research
and/ or teaching. Thus, letters from persons with graduate degrees, especially doctoral degrees, are preferred.

Example of Scholarly work

Applicants are required to submit an example of scholarly writing. This can be a published paper, thesis, or research paper used as a part of a course requirement.


Please visit our applying page for detailed application instructions.