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Admission Requirements

Prospective students will apply to either SCSU or WCSU and receive their degree from the institution where they are matriculated.  Admission policies to the program will be consistent with existing criteria for admitting doctoral students at SCSU and WCSU. A maximum of 25 students (total from two institutions) will be admitted, as a cohort, every other year. Applications will be reviewed in the spring semester starting on March 1, with the expectation that those accepted will begin the program of study in the fall semester. A faculty committee, consisting of faculty from both institutions, will be responsible for reviewing application files, ranking candidates, and conducting interviews with applicants selected as finalists. Applicants will be responsible for ensuring that all required documents are received.

The deadline for applications to the Ed.D in Nursing Education program has been extended to June 30th, 2016.

Specific requirements are as follows:

•    Graduate School application for the Ed.D. in Nursing Education program
•    Master's degree in nursing, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0, from a regionally-accredited institution
•    Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate level coursework
•    Three (3) current references from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic ability, professional achievements, and potential for success in doctoral studies
•    Current RN license
•    GRE /MAT scores (requirement waived if MSN GPA is 3.4 or above)
•    Current resume/CV highlighting professional experience, scholarship, and service activities
•    Personal statement describing the following:
      a) reasons for seeking admission to the Ed.D. program
      b) professional goals
      c) research interests
      d) potential contributions to field of nursing education
•    For international students, a score of at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 80 (internet) on the TOEFL exam

All of the above requirements are to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies.

The overall goal of the admissions committee is to admit individuals who, in the professional opinion of the faculty, demonstrate the greatest potential for making significant contributions to the field of nursing education through their teaching, scholarly, and service activities.


This program has been licensed by the Connecticut Board of Regents and approved by NEASC.