Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2016

Faculty review of applications begins when all components of your application are completed. The following components must be finished in order to consider your application complete. If you are an international/foreign student, you must also complete the items listed under Additional Application Requirements for International/Foreign Students


Required Application Components

  1. The online application form
  2. Three letters of recommendation describing your aptitude for doctoral study from PhD prepared individuals
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Official report of GRE scores (taken within the last 5 years)
    When ordering your GRE scores, make sure to:
    • Use the Vanderbilt Institution Code: 1871
    • Request Vanderbilt as the score recipient and not as an Undergraduate Institution.

    If the ‘Vanderbilt University (1871)' line appears under the Score Recipient header (green arrow), you have reported correctly. If not, you will need to re-order your scores. You can log into your ETS account to verify your scores were ordered correctly. After you log in. you should see something that looks like this:


  5. Unofficial copy of transcripts from prior undergraduate and graduate work
    Official transcripts are required only after an offer of admission is made and accepted. Do NOT send your transcripts by mail. This will delay the review of your application. We will request your official transcripts only if an offer of admission is extended to you.
    Unofficial transcripts must be part of your application even if you are a former VUSN graduate or applied to another VU program.
  6. Essay describing your professional career goals, research interests, research experiences and potential faculty mentors

After the faculty review your completed application, you may be asked to interview. If you are, interviews are required and can be conducted in-person or via Skype. In the event an applicant cannot travel to Vanderbilt or is unable to use Skype, a telephone interview will be scheduled.


Pursuant to University of North Carolina Board of Governors Rules and Standards regarding licensure of distance learning post-secondary degree activity, clinical practica and field research generally require licensure by the state of North Carolina. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is working towards authorization. Effective August 1, 2014, VUSN will close admissions to its distance programs or clinical placements in North Carolina until the programs are authorized by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. All North Carolina students admitted prior to August 1, 2014, are approved by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to complete their plan of studies.


Additional Application Requirements for International/Foreign Students

In addition to completing items #1-6 listed above, the following must also be completed in order to consider your application complete:

  1. English Language Proficiency
    Applicants who do not have a degree from an English-speaking university are required to submit scores from either TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Scores must be less than two years old.

    For more information, go to:

    The Vanderbilt ETS code is 1871
  2. International student applicants who have completed college or university coursework at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents. In all instances, the evaluating agency will require original, official documentation. Evaluating agencies include World Education Services; Post Office Box 745; Old Chelsea Station New York, NY 10113-0745; telephone (212) 966.6311; web site: and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.; Post Office Box 514070; Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470; telephone (414) 289.3412; web site:; Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants, 701 SW 102 Ave, Miami, FL, 33173, telephone (305) 273-161, website:


Applicants to Vanderbilt's PhD in Nursing Science Program who have applied three times to the program without an offer of admission will not be allowed to apply to the program again.


See Preparing Your Application for specific details about each of the required components listed above.