Eligibility & Application Instructions

Applicants to the PhD program will apply for admissions through the UCI Graduate Division website.

A complete application includes and adheres to the following:

  • A personal history statement (guidelines)
  • A statement of purpose (guidelines
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf (you must review these PhD guidelines & submission directions)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/institutions (guidelines)
  • Two samples of scholarly work
    – samples can be any combination of publications, thesis (or portion thereof), and/or major research papers
  • A Curriculum Vitae
    – include details about educational background, professional work, previous research, volunteer work, and other relevant information

Application Notes

  • An interview may be required for final selection of PhD students.
  • Additional information is available from UCI Graduate Division

International Applicants

International applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

For more helpful information on applying to UCI as an international student, see the UCI Graduate Division International Admissions page.

  • A BS or MS degree in nursing
    – degree standards must be equivalent to that of the University of California
  • An active RN license
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher and a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • An undergraduate or graduate statistics course that will cover or did cover descriptive and inferential statistics.
    • This statistics course must have been completed within 5 years of starting the program with a grade of B or higher.
    • If it has been longer than 5 years, this course can be taken online or in-person at a community college, a university/college, or university extension.
    • If you are on the cusp of the 5 year deadline, we strongly encourage you to retake statistics during the summer before starting the program.

Future Information Sessions and Open Houses

  • Monday, November 2 at 11am (RSVP)

Please watch the Program Information video prior to the information session.

Have questions? Before contacting us, check and see if your query is answered on our Program Information video, or on one of our previous information sessions.

Program Information Video

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Tuition & Fees

Financial support is guaranteed for the first four years of the PhD program. Funding sources are available in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, campus scholarships, and grant awards.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

If you need additional help to pay for your studies, you may be eligible for several types of financial aid.
Visit UCI Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to find out more about financial aid and scholarship options.

Students are especially encouraged to apply for grant funding in year four and five. Please check the UC Irvine Financial Aid office’s database of external scholarships.

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