Admissions Criteria – MSN To Doctor Of Philosophy In Nursing

Admission Requirements

  • A valid active registered nurse (RN/ARNP) license
  • Write an essay about your educational and professional goals, reasons why you selected Barry University, and your tentative topic of research dissertation
  • A MSN from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized school or a master’s degree in a related field with a BSN degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized school.
  • If a student does not have a MSN degree, successful completion of a graduate level nursing theory and graduate level nursing research course is required within the past five years.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate level research course or completion of a graduate level project or thesis.
  • Successful completion of a graduate level statistics course within the past five years.
  • Three professional recommendations of leadership competencies or potential, including a letter of recommendation from an academic advisor or professor at the MSN level.
  • Evidence of professional activities as reflected in current curriculum vitae submitted with the application.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may be required. If required, GRE scores must be completed within the past five years. GRE 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.
  • A personal interview with the admissions committee may be requested.
  • Intensive scholarly writing is expected in the doctoral program. As a result, it an 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.