Application Instructions

NursingCAS Application instructions for the PhD Program

We are pleased you are considering our program to advance your nursing career! Below is a list of instructions to assist you in the NursingCAS application process for the PhD program.

NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing programs. Visit www.nursingcas.org and click “Apply Here.” Click on “Create Account” and complete the required fields in order to start your application.

Helpful Hint: We encourage you keep these instructions open when completing your NursingCAS application.

Please note that all applicants are required to submit a new application every year.

Follow the guidelines below for the University of Minnesota requirements and note that your application will not be considered until ALL elements listed below are completed, submitted, and verified through NursingCAS.

Apply Early!

All materials must be submitted to NursingCAS and applications must be complete by the application deadline for consideration. It takes 4-6 weeks for NursingCAS to receive and verify your transcripts and calculate GPAs. Please take this into consideration for meeting deadlines.

Priority deadline for applications is December 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the final deadline of March 1, 2018.

You should monitor your NursingCAS application portal weekly for completion of tasks such as your transcripts and recommendations. Notifications regarding your application will only be sent through your NursingCAS portal, and it is your responsibility to be checking and taking action on necessary tasks.

Required portions of the NursingCAS application for your PhD Application to the University of Minnesota

Once you initiate an account on the NursingCAS site, you will be directed to select the programs to which you want to apply. You will need to select at least one program to begin your application. After selecting your program(s), proceed to Review My Selections. After reviewing, continue to your application.

On the My Application dashboard, you will be able to complete the four application sections as well as manage your programs. Each section will ask for multiple pieces of applicant information; please follow the directions below carefully for the University of Minnesota requirements.

Helpful Hint: At any point, to return to the My Application dashboard, simply click on the blue icon with four boxes in the upper left corner.

Personal Information

Please complete all seven sections of the Personal Information section as thoroughly as possible.

Academic History

There are five sections in the Academic History section. Please follow the instructions below for completion.

1. High School Attended

1. High School Attended

This section is not required for the University of Minnesota

2. Colleges Attended

2. Colleges Attended

Please follow the instructions provided by NursingCAS to add colleges. Official transcripts are required for the University of Minnesota. Please download a Transcript Request Form for each college, and submit the form to your Registrar. Transcripts sent directly to the School of Nursing will not be accepted.

3. Transcript Entry

3. Transcript Entry

The University of Minnesota PhD program does not require any transcript entry.

4. Standardized Tests

4. Standardized Tests

GRE
Applicants must submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that are no more than five years old. The GRE designation code for the School of Nursing is 5942. Applicant criteria is the 50th percentile or higher on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing sections. This translates to scores of 151+ for Verbal, 153+ for Quantitative, and a 4 on the Writing.

There is no GRE waiver process for the PhD program. All applicants must take the GRE exam.

If you have taken the GRE by the time that you submit your application, please enter your scores in the Standardized Tests area. If you have not, please indicate the date that you plan to sit for the exam. Please note, GRE exam scores must be received by the School of Nursing by the application deadline.

TOEFL
If English is not your native language, you are required to submit TOEFL scores. Request to have your results sent directly to the University of Minnesota. The TOEFL institutional code for the University of Minnesota is 6874. A score of at least 587 (written), 240 computerized, or 95 (IBT) is required. Scores must be no more than two years old. You are exempt from taking the test if, within the past 24 months, you have completed 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning the United States.

If you have taken the TOEFL by the time that you submit your application, please enter your scores in the Standardized Tests area. If you have not, please indicate the date that you plan to sit for the exam. Please note, TOEFL exam scores must be received by the University of Minnesota by the application deadline.

5. Diploma in Nursing

5. Diploma in Nursing

This section is not required for the University of Minnesota’s PhD program

Supporting Information

There are four sections in the Supporting Information section. Please follow the instructions below for completion.

1. References

1. References

Two (2) references from past or current professors, supervisors or professional colleagues are required. The references should attest to your potential for success in the PhD program (including preparation, initiative, and aptitude) and your commitment to a research career.

2. Achievements

2. Achievements

This section is optional. We encourage applicants to list all honors and awards on their CV/Resume.

3. Experiences

3. Experiences

This section is optional. We encourage applicants to list experiences on their CV/Resume.

4. Licensure and Certifications

4. Licensure and Certifications

Use this section to enter all licensures and certifications. A nursing license is not required for admission to the PhD program, however if you have a license, please include in it your application. Enter your RN License number and the Organization (state) that issued the license.

Program Materials

This section directs you to complete program-specific requirements. Please navigate to the University of Minnesota’s program and follow the instructions to complete the Documents and Questions sections.

Upload your documents in the following format: “YourLastName.NameOfDocument”

Vitae/Resume

Vitae/Resume

Upload your Current Curriculum Vitae/Resume in the following format: “YourLastName.NameOfDocument”

Essay Response

Essay Response

Limit of four pages in total for all of the essays (double spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins). Although we expect you to answer these questions fully, we do not expect scientific citations in your essays. Please number your responses in relation to the essay numbers below.

  1. What experiences have led you to apply to a research-focused doctoral program in nursing? What strengths would you bring that would impact your success in the PhD program?
  2. Describe a nursing/health-related problem you have explored, how you explored it, and what you learned from the experience. (This does not have to be a formal research project but should represent your intellectual curiosity and analytical thinking.)
  3. What area of nursing research are you most interested in pursuing in a PhD program? Why is this area important to the discipline of nursing? How does your research focus relate to your short and long-term goals?
  4. At the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, it is important to match student and faculty-advisor research interests. Which School of Nursing faculty conducts research in an area related to your interest? How will his/her research expertise help you develop your area of research?

Research/Publications (optional)

Research/Publications (optional)

Upload up to three research/publication documents that demonstrate your work and areas of interest.

Questions: Please answer all required questions for the University of Minnesota.

Once you have completed all of the above steps and are confident of your materials, click the submit and pay field. Remember you will need to submit an application fee to

  1. NursingCAS
  2. University of Minnesota Graduate Admissions (ApplyYourself).

Contact and Help information:
For questions regarding the NursingCAS application please contact NursingCAS support via phone at 617-612-2880 Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time and Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time and via email at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org. Or post questions to NursingCAS by following their Twitter and/or Facebook accounts. Detailed instructions and FAQs are available too. Instructional videos are posted on the NursingCAS YouTube channel.

For questions regarding University of Minnesota’s programs please email NursePhD@umn.edu or call 612.625.7980