fall 2023 admissions


Preference is given to applicants who submit all application materials by March 1, 2023 After March 1, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis until the final application deadline of June 1, 2023. International applicants should apply as soon as possible to permit adequate time for processing.


about the msn to PhD program

The MSN to PhD program is a curriculum option for students with a master’s degree to enter directly into PhD study.

An applicant whose prior academic experience and proposed research focus are congruent with the research focal areas of the College of Nursing will be given priority. This degree program is not for students seeking certification in advanced practice nursing. The core curriculum and supporting courses may be completed in four sequential semesters of full-time enrollment. The doctoral curriculum is three years in length for full-time students.

admission criteria

Applicants are required to show evidence of the following:

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree with an upper-division grade point average of 3.0 or higher from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program.
  • Licensure, or eligibility for licensure, to practice as a registered nurse in Florida.*
  • International students or students whose native language is not English are required to pass one of the following tests with a satisfactory score of:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
      • Computer-based: 213
      • Paper-based: 550
      • Web-based: 80
      • iBT Speaking Component: 26
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
      • Overall score: 6.5
      • Speaking Component: 7
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB):
      • Overall score: 79
    • Successful completion of the University of Florida English Language Institute Program.
    • International students or students whose native language is not English with unsatisfactory scores on the TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Speaking Component, IELTS, or MELAB; unsuccessful completion of the UF English Language Institute Program; or an unacceptable score on the verbal part of the GRE must achieve an acceptable score on an essay administered by the Academic Written English Program at UF.
  • Students must be either U.S. citizens, legal U.S. residents, or hold a valid visa.

*International students may request an exception to the admission requirement for licensure or eligibility for licensure.

Important Notification: All admitted nursing students, regardless of campus status, are required to complete a background check, mandatory immunization verification (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Influenza, Tetanus, Tuberculosis), fingerprinting, and drug screening. Additionally, all students will be required to provide proof of current health insurance. Upon admission into the program, students will be provided with the steps to complete this process.

application process

The application process for the MSN to PhD program is a two-part application process. All applicants are required to complete the following:

  • Submit the University of Florida Graduate Program Application.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended must be sent to The University of Florida in addition to the Graduate Program Application.
    • Any necessary test scores must be sent to The University of Florida in addition to the Graduate Program Application.
    • Please refer to the University of Florida Office of Admissions website for more information.
  • Submit the NursingCAS application for the University of Florida MSN to Ph.D. program.
    • A statement of goals, 3 letters of reference, a CV or resume must be submitted with the NursingCAS application.
      • Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the PhD Program Director and/or faculty who have been identified as having a similar research interest and discuss possible dissertation topics and mentorship prior to submitting the admission application.
    • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are submitted with the NursingCAS application.
    • Please refer to the NursingCAS website for further instructions.
  • Complete an interview with College of Nursing graduate faculty. Once all application materials are received, the College of Nursing will coordinate a virtual or phone interview with you that will take approximately 30-60 minutes. This interview is intended to supplement your application materials and will include questions for you to elaborate on, including such questions as:
    • Can you describe a lived event or encounter that resulted in a new discovery or enrichment of your nursing practice? 
    • What are some of your personal attributes that you think will be crucial to your success in the PhD program? 
    • Please provide an example of how you’ve shown resilience during your academic education and training?

The baccalaureate program at the University of Florida College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.