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Application Deadline for fall admissions is January 15th.  Applications received after the deadline may be considered if space is available.

Submit the following items to the UofL School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies


  1. UofL Graduate Application available on line at  Include application fee of $60.
  2. Transcripts. If BSN applicant official transcripts from all undergraduate college course work with a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  If MSN applicant official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate college coursework with a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.  Bachelor’s degree must be from an institution with a NLN or CCNE accreditation.
  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  Scores that indicate strong verbal, quantitative and analytical potential. Successful candidates generally have an analytical score of 4.0 or higher. For GRE scores prior to August 2011, successful candidates generally have a combined Verbal and Quantitative minimum score of 1100. For GRE scores from August 2011 and after, successful candidates general have scores of 156 Verbal and 146 Quantitative.  Test information is available at
  4. Three Professional Letters of Reference from individuals who can speak of academic and/or professional capabilities and potential for a scholarly career.  References should be chosen from among: former faculty members, current or immediate past employer, or other nursing/health professionals.  Each person providing a reference for you must complete the UofL Graduate School Recommendation form.  This form is available on line at At least two references should be from nurses.  Recommendation forms/letters must be completed within the last year.


Submit the following to the UofL School of Nursing Office of Student Services

  1. School of Nursing PhD Applicant Data Form available on line at
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  3. Goal statement that discusses career goals, areas of expertise, research interests and reasons for pursuing a PhD in nursing.  Maximum of 3 pages; double spaced; 12 point font.
  4. Personal interview with School of Nursing faculty will be required.
  5. Registered Nursing License, evidence of licensure as a registered nurse is required.  International students need to be licensed as registered nurses in their country of origin, if licensure is available.  If direct patient care activities are provided, a Kentucky RN licensure prior to December in their first year of study must be obtained.
  6. A Certified Background Check - Please complete the background check through this link. The school code is ni53. You will not send this information to the School of Nursing, as it is handled through the outside agency. If you have issues with the background check, please contact customer service at 888-666-7788.

    Please note that all nursing students are required to have background checks. As a result, the Kentucky Board of Nursing requires nursing students to report all misdemeanors and felonies to them. After carefully reading the guidelines on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website.



If you would like to discuss the admissions requirements in more details, please contact the Office of Student Services at 502-852-8298 or email If you would like to make an appointment with a faculty member, please contact Dr. Carla Hermann, Director of the PhD program at 502-852-8397.


Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the requirements set forth by the UofL School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.  TOEFL scores required in the School of Nursing are:  computer based test minimum score of 220, written essay score of 4.0; paper-based test minimum score of 560, written essay score of 4.0; internet based test minimum score of 79.




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