Ed.D. Nursing Admission Requirements

Prospective students will apply to either SCSU or WCSU and receive their degree from the institution where they are matriculated.  Admission policies to the program will be consistent with existing criteria for admitting doctoral students at SCSU and WCSU. A maximum of 25 students (total from two institutions) will be admitted, as a cohort, every other year. Applications will be reviewed in the spring semester starting on March 1, with the expectation that those accepted will begin the program of study in the fall semester. A faculty committee, consisting of faculty from both institutions, will be responsible for reviewing application files, ranking candidates, and conducting interviews with applicants selected as finalists. Applicants will be responsible for ensuring that all required documents are received.
The next application cycle is for the Fall 2023 entrance. Applications are due by April 1st, 2023.

Specific requirements are as follows:

  • Complete the Graduate Application for the Ed.D. in Nursing Education program
  • Master's degree in nursing, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0, from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate level coursework
  • Three (3) current references from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic ability, professional achievements, and potential for success in doctoral studies
  • Current RN license
  • Current resume/CV highlighting professional experience, scholarship, and service activities
  • Personal statement describing the following:
    1. Reasons for seeking admission to the Ed.D. program
    2. Professional goals
    3. Research interests
    4. Potential contributions to field of nursing education
  • For international students, a score of at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 80 (internet) on the TOEFL exam

All application materials, with the exception of transcripts and letters of recommendation, may be uploaded after submitting your application. Letters of recommendation are uploaded directly by your recommenders. Official transcripts can be sent to GradDocs@southernct.edu. Official paper transcripts must be sent to Southern's Processing Center. Information can be found on the Graduate Application website.

The overall goal of the admissions committee is to admit individuals who, in the professional opinion of the faculty, demonstrate the greatest potential for making significant contributions to the field of nursing education through their teaching, scholarly, and service activities.
This program has been licensed by the Connecticut Board of Regents and approved by NECHE.