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PhD Program Admission Process





a) A Master's Degree in Nursing.

b) A minimum over-all grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for courses counted toward the student's Master's degree, as indicated by official transcript.

c) A satisfactory score on the GRE.

d) Completion of a prerequisite master's level statistics course.

e) A current unencumbered license to practice nursing in a state or U.S. territory, and eligibility for licensure in Louisiana.



In order for an application to be processed, the following documents must be submitted by the admission deadline:

SUBR Application

Completed SUBR Application for Admission to a Graduate Degree Program. The application packet can be downloaded from http:/  

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation from:

a) a former faculty member in a graduate nursing program

b) an employer or  advanced level professional in research , education, or leadership/administration who can attest to applicant's competencies

c) an individual of the applicant's choice who can attest to the applicant's character, level of integrity, professional traits, and the ability to successfully complete a doctorate in nursing practice program with academic excellence.

Official Transcripts

Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Evidence of Credentials and Certification

Evidence of current unencumbered Louisiana Registered Nursing (RN) license with no restrictions


Official GRE Report (taken within 5 years of the application)

Statement of Interest

Submission of a 500-1000 word statement of interest that addresses the following:

a) Applicant's personal goals for doctoral study

b) Statement of how PhD education is important to the fulfillment of applicant's career goals

Submission of current curriculum vitae / resume including:

Dated employment history and clinical practice experience, honors, awards, professional memberships, and scholarly works (such as grants, publications, and presentations)

Sample of Scholarly Writing

Scholarly writing sample in health care or nursing research, including any publications or research.


An interview of the applicant

Submit the application packet and all required application materials to:

SUBR Graduate School
P.O. Box 9860
Baton Rouge, LA  70813



Fall Semester................................May 1

Spring Semester............................November 1

Summer Semester..........................April 1