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Admission Criteria

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program with a minimum nursing GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate Record Examination minimum scores of 160 verbal and 148 quantitative sections. Analytic section is required.
  • Eligibility for RN licensure in Florida.*
  • International students or students whose native language is not English, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (computer-based=213, paper-based=550, or web-based=80) including the TOEFL iBT Speaking Component (minimum score = 26); or a 6 on International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or a 77 on Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB); or successful completion of the University of Florida English Language Institute Program is required.
  • International students or students whose native language is not English with unsatisfactory scores on the TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Speaking Component, IELTS, or MELAB; unsuccessful completion of the UF English Language Institute Program; or an unacceptable score on the verbal part of the GRE must achieve an acceptable score on an essay administered by the Academic Written English Program at UF.

Students may request special review by the College of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee if they believe they are strong candidates for the accelerated BSN to PhD option but do not fully meet all criteria.

*International students may request an exception to the admission requirement for licensure or eligibility for licensure.