Application Process

MUSC College of Nursing participates in an online Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) to receive applications. You must create an account, search for this program for your intended semester of entry, and complete the required steps to apply online. All application materials must be submitted through NursingCAS.

The Ph.D. NursingCAS application is to be supported with:

  • Official degree-bearing transcripts
  • Three (3) satisfactory reference letters that address research and scholarly potential and academic motivation. One must be from an academic source, preferably a Ph.D. prepared nurse
  • A personal statement summarizing immediate and long-term professional goals, motivation for doctoral study including the applicant’s rationale for pursing a Ph.D., and a proposed area of research. The applicant should identify a potential mentor from the CON research faculty who shares a similar research interest.
  • Signed verification form
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Other credentials that reflect abilities

A supplemental university application, through MUSC’s Office of Enrollment Management, is also required. We encourage applicants to finish the application within NursingCAS before submitting the supplemental MUSC application

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or Master of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program, or a non-nursing baccalaureate or master’s degree with related health care work experience. The preferred minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) is a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. An undergraduate or graduate level statistics course is required. Please review all admission requirements prior to applying.

Fall admission only
Deadline: May 1
Admissions decisions are offered on a rolling basis
*Interviews with two Ph.D. program faculty will be scheduled via video-conference or telephone after the complete application package is reviewed and received.

For Admissions questions, contact the MUSC Office of Enrollment Management at 843-792-2536 or the Office of Enrollment Management Admissions team email. Anna Goodwin in the Office of Enrollment Management may be reached at

Additional Considerations:
International Applicants
MUSC’s College of Nursing degree programs are unable to admit international students requiring an F-1 visa. Applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or those holding other valid nonimmigrant visa classifications that allow participation in lawful study while in the United States.