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Application Process
PhD Admissions Criteria
  • Master's degree from an accredited university (except for the BS/PhD program).
  • A minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA in the nursing master's program.
  • Competitive Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores.  
  • Curriculum vitae (Required Format for CV)
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic and professional references, one from a master's program professor holding a doctorate.
  • A copy of one example of work that evidences a culminating scholarly product from the master's program.
  • Typed statement of the applicant's goals for the PhD degree, limited to 500 words that addresses:
    • Why you are interested in admission to the FAU, College of Nursing PhD program
    • Phenomenon of interest consistent with at least 1 of the 4 Research Focus Areas (Healthy Aging, Holistic Nursing, Transforming Healthcare Environments, and Healthy Aging).
    • Identification of 1-3 potential College of Nursing faculty mentors
  • Satisfactory oral interview by three members of the Graduate Admissions Committee.
  • Evidence of grade of "B" or better in Graduate Level Statistics.
  • Prerequisite: Advanced Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring, Graduate Course.
  • Background Check - a background check is required.
  • Laptop - All College of Nursing students are required to supply their own laptop/personal computing device.
*A state/federal criminal background check is required for all applicants and admitted students. Some clinical agencies require annual background checks or affidavits. A drug screen may be required. All costs for these requirements are the responsibility of the applicant/student.

PhD Application Process
Official applications to graduate programs at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) start with the Graduate College. 

Step 1: Complete a Florida Atlantic University Graduate Application. You must complete the FAU Graduate Application in order to obtain a Z Number.  A Z number is a student ID number used for identification purposes at FAU.  You will receive your Z number in about 2-5 days after completion of the FAU Graduate Application. 

The status of your Graduate Application can be checked online:

Step 2: Complete the College of Nursing Graduate Application.  The College of Nursing Application cannot be processed without your Z Number.  In addition, you will not be able to access this application until your FAU Graduate Application has been referred to the College of Nursing.   Applications are not referred until the Graduate College receives all previous college transcripts and payment of your application fee. Please wait at least 5 business days after receiving your Z Number before attempting to complete the College of Nursing Graduate Application. 

If possible, please try to submit all supporting application materials at the same time to the PhD Coordinator for the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (contact information is listed at the end of this webpage).  Application materials can be emailed or mailed. Letters of recommendation sent by email must come directly from the recommender and they must have a written signature.  Further information about letters of reference is contained in the next section. 

Application Deadline for Fall admission:
  • March 15th

Application Deadline for Spring admission:
  • October 1st


All materials submitted in support of your application become the property of Florida Atlantic University. We regret we cannot return materials or copies to applicants.  Regulations governing admission to graduate study in Nursing at FAU include those established by both the University and College of Nursing. Thank you for considering Florida Atlantic University for your graduate education needs.

Guidelines Regarding Letters of Reference
Purpose: The purpose of the letters of reference is to provide the College of Nursing with information about how colleagues and associates perceive the applicants to the PhD program. Letters should be on letterhead stationery, dated, with the signature of the person and the person's name and title typed underneath. We are unable to accept letters older than 6 months from the date of application or letters that are not dated and official in appearance. 

The following points should be addressed in the letters of reference:
1.  How long has the referee known the applicant

2.  In what capacity the referee has known the applicant (e.g. manager, staff nurse,

3.  Specify information about all of the following in reference to the applicant:
  • Initiative and critical thinking
  • Scholarly achievements and/or dispositions
  • Ability to complete tasks
  • Self-reflection and self-correction
  • Career orientation
  • Impression that the applicant will be able to achieve the PhD degree

References are faculty, colleagues, and associates who are qualified to address all characteristics listed above. They may be nurses, physicians, other health team members, administrators, or professors/instructors. One reference should be from a doctorally prepared faculty member from the master's program, if possible.

The letter of reference may be of any length. However, letters that are short may not provide the College with substantial information about the applicant. Thus, applicants should select referees who are able to address all the areas according to direct and first-hand knowledge.

Contact Information


Jen Carmona
PhD Coordinator
777 Glades Rd.
Boca Ration, FL  33431

Phone:  561-297-0006

Fax:  561-297-1074


Office Hours:
M-F / 8:30am-5:00pm

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