The University of Massachusetts Amherst
PhD Program

PhD Admissions

Application Deadline

Admission priority is given to applications submitted by December 15.

Applications will be considered year-round based on availability of open slots.

Admission Criteria

The PhD program has post-baccalaureate, post-Master's and post-DNP options. 

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in nursing
  • Official transcripts from colleges/universities attended
  • A Master’s degree from a nationally accredited college and a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, and/or a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a minimum GPA of 3.2.
  • Two letters of recommendation for doctoral study
  • Two examples of scholarly writing (e.g., scholarly papers, publications)
  • A research focus congruent with that of a potential faculty research advisor
  • An admission interview
  • Current CV or resume

Additional Criteria for International Applicants:

  • Completion of Graduate School Application for International Applicants (from University of Massachusetts/Amherst Graduate School).
  • TOEFL scores where applicable (see Graduate School Application for International applicants)
  • Use of translation service for transcript as necessary
  • GPA of 3.0 or equivalent. For international applicants whose GPA is not translatable in their official transcripts, the Graduate Program Director will evaluate academic preparation

Application Process

Apply through Graduate Admissions.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Costs

See the UMass Amherst’s Bursar website for current information.

Financial Aid

Visit UMass Amherst Financial Aid Services.