How to Submit Application Materials

Admission to this program is temporarily suspended.

Application documents for the Ph.D. in Nursing program include:

  • Transcripts
    Copies of official transcripts (front and back) are required at the time of application from all universities where 8 or more credit hours were earned. Admitted students are required to submit official transcripts after they have accepted an offer of admission.
  • Admission Essay
    Essay (two pages, single-spaced) addressing the following questions:
    • Why do you want to pursue a Ph.D. in nursing?
    • What are your professional goals?
    • How have you been involved in research, publications and professional presentations?
    • How have you been involved in professional organizations?
    • What are your research interests?
    • Why are you interested in these research areas?
    • How could research—and specifically your research—in these areas advance science?
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Proof of RN licensure
    (If you are an international student, you need to show proof of legal ability to practice as a registered nurse in country of origin)
  1. Search for your license on Quick Confirm License Verification. Find and review the information to ensure that it is you.
  2. Click on “View Report”
  3. Click on "Download Report"
  4. Upload the document to your application portal.
If your state does not participate in NURSYS, please contact your state’s Board of Nursing to send licensure verification to Kent State University.
  • References
    Three letters of reference from health care professionals or academic faculty members who can speak to your professional and academic abilities (two of the three references from doctoral-prepared individuals are preferred).
  • A sample of written work
  • GRE
    Scores will only be accepted when sent directly from the test provider to the Division of Graduate Studies as an official test report. Scores reported by applicants will not be accepted. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
    Kent State University's GRE code is 1367.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency for International Students
    All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 560 TOEFL score (83 on the Internet-based version), minimum 78 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 55 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website