University of Nebraska Medical Center


Admission Deadlines

PhD students are admitted once annually.

PhD Program

Application Opens

Application Due

Program Start

BSN to PhD and MSN to PhD

September 1

April 1


Read full admission details before applying.

UNMC processes applications to its nursing program through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing. Visit nursingcas.org to start an application and go to the Add Program page to select our program and complete the steps to fill out and submit your application. Full details per admission criteria are provided on the application.


  • Must have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing accredited school of nursing.
  • Those with a non-nursing master’s degree will be admitted to the BSN-PhD program.
  • BSN and/or MSN degree obtained from a non-US college must be evaluated and be equivalent to a US nursing degree.
  • Prior to admission to the graduate program, applicant must be legally licensed to practice nursing in one of the 50 US states.

Full details to admission requirements for UNMC College of Nursing and UNMC Graduate studies can be found at Policy 5.4.1: Graduate Student Admission Policies — PhD Program and Graduate Studies Catalog.

Minimum GPA

  • MSN to PhD: 3.2 cumulative Master’s program GPA.
  • BSN to PhD: 3.2 cumulative undergraduate GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

No GRE exam is required.

English Proficiency

Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must present official TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application.


The BSN to PhD program is designed to be a 4+ year full-time program. Approximately 80-83 credit hours are required.

The MSN to PhD program is designed to be completed in 3-5 years depending on whether you’re a full or part-time student. Approximately 62 credit hours are required.


Contact a student services representative to email your questions or schedule an appointment to discuss your educational and career goals. A visit with a faculty member in your area of interest can be arranged.