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The School of Nursing welcomes applications to its Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program. If you have additional questions after reviewing the following instructions please contact the Office of Student Affairs with all application concerns.

The School of Nursing PhD Program admits students for the fall semester each year. There is no spring admission to the PhD Program. Admission consideration is extended to those applicants who complete and submit the online application and all required documents to the appropriate UNC office by the posted deadline. The Doctoral Admissions Committee will only evaluate and review complete applications containing all required materials. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the entire application is received by the posted deadline.

Fall Semester
Priority Application Deadline: December 13, 2016 The School of Nursing recommends you apply by November 1 to be considered for Graduate School Merit Assistantship, University Fellowships and other School of Nursing scholarships. December 13 is the final deadline for University Scholarship consideration. The complete application must be received by the deadline.
Final Application Deadline December 13, 2016 This is the final deadline to submit the complete application to the School of Nursing PhD Program.

Students in the PhD in Nursing program may be enrolled for full-time or part-time study. Preference is given to applicants who will enroll in full-time study, which is defined as at least nine credit hours (typically three courses) per semester. Like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the School of Nursing regards the PhD program as requiring full-time effort. In accordance with School of Nursing policy, PhD students who are not supported by T32 funding and employed by the University may work no more than 50 percent (20 hours/week) while actively engaged in coursework. PhD students supported by T32 funding are restricted to 10 hours per week maximum of outside work. Part-time study requires enrolling in three to six credit hours per semester. Part-time PhD students may work while enrolled in the program to the extent that the student’s academic progression (i.e., meeting course grade and program milestone expectations) is not compromised.

To access the PhD application instructions and other related documents, please visit our Applications page.