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PhD in Nursing


This post-master's PhD degree in Nursing prepares nurse scientists to conduct research that supports health equity by addressing the health of diverse, urban individuals; families; and communities.


Admission Requirements:

  • A master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution (baccalaureate and/or master's degree). Applicants holding a degree in a non-nursing related discipline will be considered on an individual basis - College & University Transcripts
  • License and current registration to practice professional nursing in New York State.
  • Completion of a graduate-level statistics course in the last 5 years with a grade of B or better.
  • Previous coursework in graduate-level research methods.
  • A statement of purpose describing your career goals, including reason for interest in Hunter College. Please describe a proposed area of research, including research interest that match Hunter faculty expertise.
  • Writing sample (publication or graded paper): Submit a sample that reflects your writing ability, preferably a graduate research paper on a topic related to your proposed area of interest. We recommend a paper of at least 5 pages in length, saved as a .pdf, but there is no page limit.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a PhD-prepared faculty that addresses the student's aptitude for doctoral study.
  • Satisfactory interview.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have taken all or part of their undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language are required to submit scores on the TOEFL/IELTS. The following minimum scores must be obtained:
      • TOEFL iBT: 80/ Paper Based Test: 550/ Computer Administered Test: 213
      • IELTS: 6.5 Overall Band Score


Application Deadline: December 15th for Summer 2023

Please Note: The PhD in Nursing program officially starts in the Summer. However, when completing the online application you need to select the Fall option as the potential start date. There is no Summer option in the online application system.

Additional Information:

PhD in Nursing Coordinator: Dr. Elizabeth Capezuti at

For additional program information, visit the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing website.

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 10AM - 5PM

Friday 10AM - 3PM

*Our office is currently assisting students and prospective applicants at the Welcome Center, Rm 100 North Building (located on the first floor)

Please direct all inquiries via:

Telephone: (212) 396-6049


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