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About this course

The doctor of philosophy prepares nurse researchers with expertise in vulnerable populations. The Ph.D. prepared nurse serves the public by designing and conducting research on relevant clinical, educational, health systems, and/or health policy topics. Following graduation, a nurse with a Ph.D. may pursue a research career in the academic, business, government, or industrial setting. Nurses with a Ph.D. may also serve as educators and/or administrators and develop or consult on health care policy in a variety of settings.

Entry Requirements

  • A Master of Science in Nursing from a CCNE or NLN-accredited program.
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 30 hours of graduate course work or the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores submitted to the Illinois State Office of Admissions as indicated on the graduate application. The GRE is waived for students with a grade point average of 3.4 or higher in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work or 30 hours of graduate course work.
  • "A master's level statistics course is a prerequisite requirement for PhD program doctoral level statistics course sequence. Applicants must either take and pass a placement examination, or complete this course during the first summer semester of the PhD program."
  • Official documentation of a minimum TOEFL score: 79 – internet-based testing, 213 – computer-based testing, 550 – paper-based testing Official academic records (one in English and one in the native language), verified with fresh seals and signatures, sent directly from each college or university attended.