Application Deadline
Admission is on a rolling basis until April 1st for each fall semester.  However, to be considered for financial support, complete applications (including GRE scores) should be received no later than February 1st.

U.S. citizens and residents should complete the online FAFSA form at to be considered for all financial assistance including federal loans.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the PhD program is selective due to the rigorous nature of the program.  The primary characteristic of the applicant is that he or she wants to be a researcher and has an interest in the research currently in progress at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.

The typical student entering the PhD program exceeds the University of Miami’s minimum academic admission requirements; minimum GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores of 300 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for the junior and senior years are required. In addition, other admission considerations are strong letters of recommendation attesting to the student’s disposition towards scholarship, graduation from an accredited School of Nursing, goals statement and a successful personal interview by the school’s faculty.

Admission Materials

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.  Graduates of the University of Miami only need submit transcripts for course work that does not appear on their UM transcripts.
  • All official transcripts must be mailed from the issuing institution’s registrar’s office directly to NursingCAS.  NursingCAS cannot process transcripts that are stamped “Issued to Student”. In order to expedite the processing be sure to include the Transcript Request Form. Transcripts from international institutions must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service and should be mailed to NursingCAS at the following address:

    P.O. Box 9201
    Watertown, MA 02471

  • Note: You must input all of your college level coursework into the NursingCAS application. Be sure to have a copy of your transcript(s) in hand or accessible in order to complete this section. All college level course work (including in-progress course work) must be entered into the application in the “Coursework” section. There is a short, instructional video posted here on how to accurately complete this section. And detailed instructions are posted here. This will be the most time-consuming aspect of the application process.
  • If you would rather have NursingCAS staff enter in your coursework data on your behalf then you have the option of paying an additional fee to use the Coursework Entry Service. Click here to learn more about the service. The data entered into this section is used to calculate GPAs in order to make admissions decisions.
  • The official GRE score report from the Educational Testing Service. Note: request that ETS send your GRE scores directly to the University of Miami; NursingCAS does not process test scores.
  • Three recommendations are required, one of which must be from an academic source.  Request your references be submitted via NursingCAS by completing the “References” section of the application.
  • A well-formulated statement of career goals should be submitted separately.  Applicants should include their research interests and address how they might fit in with the research activities of the faculty.
  • A current resume showing work experience, awards, professional organizations, and academic history must be uploaded to NursingCAS in the “Documents Upload” section.
  • Interviews by faculty will be required.  The interview may be in person or via telephone or Skype.  If in person, travel will be at the applicant’s expense.
  • International students must have a degree equivalent to a U.S. Baccalaureate degree in nursing. Information about international admissions for graduate students may be found through the University of Miami Graduate School.  Applicants for whom English is not the native language must meet the University’s English requirements, for more information, please go to: TOEFL Score Requirements.
  • Send TOEFL scores directly to the University of Miami.  NursingCAS does not process test scores.
  • Some assignments are limited to students holding current Florida RN licenses and CPR certificates.

If admitted to the BSN-PhD program, all students must complete a successful FBI background clearance, drug screen and have current immunizations.  Students must have a background report without any infractions, regardless of how they were resolved or adjudicated. Accordingly, if your background report contains any infractions, regardless of how they were resolved or adjudicated, you will not be able to successfully clear your background check and you will be withdrawn from the program.  In addition, students must pass a drug screening and have current immunizations (see student handbook for immunization requirements).

Please note that student admissions are conducted on a case by case basis and the faculty of the School of Nursing and Health Studies reserves the right to waive any requirement or request additional information from applicants.

For questions regarding the NursingCAS application please contact NursingCAS support via phone at 617-612-2880 Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time and Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time and via email at Or post questions to NursingCAS by following their Twitter and/or Facebook accounts. Detailed instructions and FAQs are available too. Instructional videos are posted on the NursingCAS YouTube channel.  In the “Designations” section of NursingCAS you will select the University of Miami and the BSN-PhD program.

Monitor the Status of Your Application:
The “My Messages” section of the NursingCAS application will include any messages that NursingCAS or a school has sent to you. Please check your “My Messages” to see if you have received any vital information about your application. Messages will be sent to the “My Messages” inbox and your personal email address that you created your account with.

Use the “Quick Status Menu” options to check to see if your Transcript(s), Reference(s), or Payment(s) have been received after you submit them. To check to see which Designations you have selected (in other words, programs you have applied to) by clicking on the Designations option under the Quick Status menu. The GPA Calculations option under the Quick Status menu will display any GPA calculations NursingCAS has generated for you based on the coursework data you entered. Your application has been “verified” once your GPA Calculations are complete. Learn more about “verification”.

For more information, please see: School of Nursing and Health Studies Admissions.

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