Admission and Application
Ph.D. in Nursing Education

**At this time, the University of Northern Colorado is unable to accept applications for
admission to online courses or programs from these specific states.

Applications for the Fall start due by February 15th

Late applications are accepted, however admission priority is
given to those meeting the above deadline.
Admission is competitive.

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Admission Requirements and Application Process

(You may complete Steps 1 and 2 simultaneously.The completion of both steps will constitute a complete application.)

STEP 1 - UNC Graduate School Requirements

  1. Complete a UNC Graduate School Application form and pay the current application fee. (You must create a UNC user account to access the online application.)

    • Completion of a bachelors of Science in nursing from an accredited nursing program and a master’s degree from an accredited program in nursing or related field.
    • GRE scores - must have been taken within 5 years of application
    • GPA 3.0 minimum (4.0 scale)
  2. One official transcript from every accredited college or university attended since high school. (Send to the Graduate School). (If previous coursework was from UNC, no copies are required)

    • NOTE : If you have previously been admitted to the UNC Nursing Education Certificate Program, you have already applied to the Graduate School; please send an email to indicating that “I have been admitted to the Nursing Education Certificate Program and am now applying for the PhD in Nursing- please forward my file accordingly”.
  3. Three letters of recommendation
    • One addressing the applicant’s experience with / interest in / potential for nursing education, and professional leadership skills
    • One from a seasoned nursing educator addressing the applicant’s academic potential
    • One letter from a reference of the student’s choice (i.e. Dean, peers, former students etc.).
  4. TOEFL Scores for international applicants (send to the Graduate School if applicable)

    Mail transcripts to:
    UNC Graduate School
    501 20th Street
    Campus Box 135
    Greeley, CO 80639

STEP 2 - UNC School of Nursing Graduate Program Application Requirements

  1. Application to the School of Nursing Program

The following can be attached while filling out the online SON application or sent by email to, or via fax 970-351-1707 or by regular mail (Attn: PhD Program Application)

  1. Two years teaching experience recommended.
  2. Proof of licensure as a registered nurse (send to the School of Nursing)
  3. Personal statement of future goals / interest in nursing education (2 page maximum; 12 font, 1 inch paper margins) (send to the School of Nursing)
  4. Current vita or resume (send to the School of Nursing)
  5. Example of scholarly work or project.


Only files that are complete by the application deadline will be entertained for application screening. Applicants will be notified by the UNC Graduate School when all materials have been received. To avoid delay in notification, contact the School of Nursing immediately with any changes in name, address or telephone numbers.


**IMPORTANT: Recent changes in federal regulations relating to our ability to deliver online education have uncovered onerous application and fee requirements from a few states. As a result, at this time, the University of Northern Colorado is unable to accept applications for admission to online courses or programs from certain states.