PhD Admissions Requirements

Applicants for doctoral study in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences–College of Nursing must meet the following requirements:


Hold current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse.


Hold a master’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program and show documentation of a minimum GPA of 3.65 in all course work for the master’s degree. (Applicants desiring admission with only a BSN or with a master’s degree in another field, will be considered. If admitted, these students will be required to complete selected prerequisite course work in nursing.)


If English is not the applicant’s first language, provide documentation of TOEFL test scores. A TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based or at least 213 on computer-based exam is required. As of 2006, a minimum score of 20 in each section of the iBT is required. The exam must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years prior to admission. Only TOEFL test scores received directly from ETS will be accepted as valid. Testing information is available at


Complete the application process of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School.  All official transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School.  IMPORTANT NOTE about electronic transcripts: UAMS can only accept electronic official transcripts from eScrip-Safe.  If sending an electronic official transcript to the Graduate School, please check to make sure your host institution sends through the eScrip-Safe network before ordering an electronic official transcript.

Please note: If you have undergraduate or master’s transcripts with another name other than the name under which you are applying to the program, please indicate both your current name and your previous name(s) to the UAMS Graduate School Office. Otherwise the application process will be delayed until you have relayed this information.


  • Submit written response to questions regarding educational goals, research interests, and desired research career. Click here to download the questions for the written response/personal statement.
  • Submit an example of scholarly written work.
  • Write a short essay on a selected topic at the time of interview.


Interview with graduate faculty members.