Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Application Instructions for the PhD Program in Nursing


The application and the application fee are submitted online. The University of San Diego requests you also submit your letters of recommendation and resume online within the application. Please e-mail the example of scholarly writing electronically to Official transcripts are mailed directly from the college or university to USD. Test results should be submitted directly from the testing agency to the University.

The University of San Diego requests you also submit your letters of recommendation and resume electronically.

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

*Please keep a copy of all documents submitted for admission. All admission materials submitted are nonreturnable.

College/University Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit one official transcript from each college or university attended. This includes transcripts from junior or community colleges, transfer units from study abroad programs, summer courses and/or graduate work. Individual transcripts must be obtained from each college attended. USD graduates must submit official transcripts from the Office of the Registrar.

Official transcripts must to be mailed directly from the college or university to the University of San Diego Office of Graduate Admissions. The college or university may also send them electronically to

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation (including two from nurses with doctoral degrees). Recommendations are intended to provide a professional evaluation of an applicant's potential academic success in doctoral study.

The reference form is electronic and housed within the application. Once the applicant completes the reference section (in the application) including the reference name, academic credentials, title, organization and e-mail information, an e-mail will be sent to the reference with a link to the reference form.


A resume describing the nature, scope and areas of responsibility of all work experience is required. Please upload your resume within the application.

Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement

The essay required of all candidates is intended to give us a better understanding of you as a person. The statement should include information about your area of research interest and professional career goals. (The statement is submitted within the application form.)

A Sample of Scholarly Writing

Please submit your scholarly writing electronically to


Only qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview based on initial review of their application.

Application Fee

An application fee of $45.00 will be paid upon online submission the PhD application. The application fee is non-refundable.

International Applicants

Foreign credentials submitted with an application for doctoral study are required to be evaluated by World Education Services ( A course-by-course evaluation is required. There will be a charge for this service.

Financial Verification

International applicants are required to complete the "Declaration of Finances" form to certify that they possess sufficient funds to cover all fees, transportation, and living expenses.

Test of English as a Foreign Language or International English Language Testing System

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory of all applicants except those who are from English speaking countries or applicants who have attained a Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited school in the United States.

The English Language Academy is available on campus for students interested in improving their speaking and writing skills in the English language.

The University of San Diego's minimum scores are:

237 on the computer-based test
580 on the paper-based test
83 on the internet-based test

Band score 7

Financial Aid

The FAFSA is available each January for the following academic year. We recommend applicants file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 (when the FAFSA for the next academic year is available). Applicants can list up to six schools on the FAFSA. Be sure to list USD Code # 010395.

Questions regarding the FAFSA and the financial aid process should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.


Office of Financial Aid
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
USD ED# is 010395

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Contact Information

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4548