Admissions Criteria – MSN to Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Admission Requirements for the Post-Master's Doctorate

A master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized school or a master’s degree in a related field and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized school. If a student does not have a M.S.N. degree, a graduate level nursing theory and nursing research course is required before doctoral studies can begin.

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in graduate study

Graduate level research course, project or thesis.

Three professional recommendations of leadership competencies or potential, including a letter of recommendation from your academic adviser or a professor who taught you at the master’s level.

Evidence of professional activities as reflected in current curriculum vitae that is submitted with the application.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be required. If required, one of these standardized tests must have been completed within the previous five years and the student must have achieved an acceptable score. GRE and MAT scores are used as part of the data in which admission decisions are made. The scores, however, are never the sole criteria for admission. This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Admissions Committee for alumni of Barry University with a graduate GPA of 3.3 or greater, or non alumni applicants with a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

A personal interview with the admissions committee may be requested.

Intensive scholarly writing is expected in the doctoral program. As a result it is our expectation that students independently seek additional writing assistance.

Upon the start of the program, accepted candidates are required to possess a notebook computer with specified software which conforms to criteria established by the Program. Applicants are advised that portions of the didactic coursework are web based and also provided in conjunction with telecommunications or video teleconferencing instruction. Candidates should possess basic computer literacy skills, including the use of word processing, Windows operating systems, electronic mail, and navigation of Internet applications. Students without these prerequisite skills are encouraged to take CS 180 Introduction to Computers. This course will not count towards degree requirements. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences reserves the right to make any exceptions to the above admission requirements based on an applicant’s overall file.