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Admissions Requirements

The ideal students for this program will have excellent critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills. They will have experience in and a passion for nursing and for research with a career goal of becoming a nurse scientist. They will have a demonstrated ability to produce scholarly work at a level appropriate for their career or educational stage prior to entering the program. Relevant work experiences accrued as a non-student especially in nursing are also greatly valued. The Admissions Committee evaluates a number of characteristics in order to assess a candidates ability to benefit from and contribute to their selected program. These include academic ability, research experience, leadership, teamwork, communication skills and other personal qualities. We will strongly consider the match between a student's interests and the availability of a suitable group of faculty mentors to work with him or her. We will strongly consider the match between a student’s interests and the availability of a suitable group of faculty mentors to work with him or her. 

To judge these traits, the following information and indicators in a student’s application will be considered.

  • Baccalaurete degree in Nursing or Master's degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body in the U.S. 
  • Current and unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. or U.S. license eligible. 
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate and graduate coursework. 
  • Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course. 
  • *Three page essay clearly articulating your research interest identifying a particular nursing science problem, challenge or opportunity and how the research could enhance both nursing science and practice. Include your motivations for graduate study and a fundamental nursing question that most intrigues you highlighting potential GSON or Washington University faculty mentors, if known. Drawing on your past and planned experiences, please conclude with a statement articulating why you will be an outstanding graduate student.
  • Three letters of recommendation completed by faculty and supervisors who can attest to your scholarly and research abilities or potential. It is important to choose those who know you well and can evaluate your current or prospective clinical and leadership abilities, critical thinking, and potential for successfully completing graduate school. Recommendations from friend, relatives or co-workers will not be accepted and will cause your application to be delayed or denied. 
  • A CV (curriculum vitae) listing quality and relevance of scholarly activities with emphasis on specific skills and competencies related to interest in nursing science and/or research in nursing; educational, leadership and professional activities, and prior work experience.
  • Your research experiences should be included in the CV. Provide the mentor name, Institution, length of project, and the approximate hours per week of effort.
  • Proficiency in English is required of all applicants. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report from the Test of Englush as Foreign Langauge  (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Only scores from tests taken within the last years will be accepted. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement will be waived for applicants who completed a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited university located in the United States.

* The essay portion of this application is an opportunity to help the Committee relate to the applicant's distinctive values, motivation, and perspectives, and obtain as much information as possible about their previous research experiences and goals. 

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