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How to Apply: PhD Program

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Thank you for your interest in applying to the William F. Connell School of Nursing. The information on this page pertains to those applying for the PhD program and the MS/PhD dual degree program. Please read all the forms and materials carefully. These forms contain important details, and we recommend that you review each one in advance to ensure that you have the information to complete all materials by the PhD program deadline of January 15.

Fellowship Opportunities: As a part of its commitment to its students, the Connell School's fellowship dollars have been increased for the 2013 academic year. A new Diversity Fellowship has also been created for a qualified applicant who is from an underrepresented racial, ethnic, or gender group in nursing. Read more about Connell School and University wide fellowships here ยป.

program eligibility

  • A master's degree from a nationally accredited university in nursing or a related field
  • A completed course in statistics
  • A current RN license

 

required application materials

  • Online application form
  • $40 application fee (can be submitted online via Agora Portal or mailed with cover sheet)
  • Official transcripts of all prior postsecondary academic work (including at BC) Please note that all transcripts must be official and mailed directly from the institution to our Application Processing Center. If the institution does not accept the cover page, you must ensure that the name on your transcript exactly matches the name on your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the Graduate Office (617-552-4928) if an academic transcript has been submitted under a different last name and does not have a cover page.
  • Three letters of recommendation:
  • A current or recent employer, preferably a nurse with a PhD or a professional colleague
  • A professor with whom you have had recent academic interaction who can assess your potential for doctoral study and performance in your desired area of study
  • A person who is not a relative and who is well acquainted with your professional preparation and clinical practice
  • Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically. When you register your reference writers through the application system, they will immediately receive an email with the link to the electronic reference form. As such, we suggest that you contact your references prior to registering them through the online application.
  • References will have the option to upload a supporting letter in Word or PDF format.
  • If you would like your references to receive the electronic form before you have completed the online application, you may go directly to the "Recommendations" link on the application and register your references before filling out the rest of the form.
  • You can log back into your application to check which letters have been received, as well as to send reminder emails to your references.
  • Goal statement that articulates your academic and career goals*
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of scholarly writing
  • A copy of your current RN license to practice
  • Official GRE scores (Please allow 2-4 weeks for test scores to be received in order to meet application deadline)

 

*MS/PhD applicants should include goals related to advanced practice nursing as well as doctoral preparation in nursing

 

  • TOEFL - Evidence of English Proficiency (TOEFL)-- Official TOEFL scores are required for students whose native language is other than English. The following scores indicate minimum score requirements. (100 on the TOEFL iBT (internet based test); 7.5 on the IELTS Band (academic); 600 or greater on the paper based test or 250 on the CBT test (Computer-Based Test). Please request that your scores be sent to the William F. Connell Graduate School of Nursing by using our institutional code 3062 in the designated areas. Student copies or photocopies of TOEFL are not accepted.
    • You can get application forms and information about testing dates for the TOEFL from many U.S. consulates, USIA Centers, and TOEFL centers overseas by writing to: TOEFL Registration CN 6152 Princeton, New Jersey 08541 USA, or www.toefl.org.
    • The TOEFL score is not required if you meet both of the following criteria:  You are a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean AND your native language is English.

 

preference will be given to applicants with the following qualifications:

  • minimum GPA of 3.5
  • GRE scores above the 50th percentile in each category
  • research experience, written clarity in area of research, and match to faculty research or methodology as described by applicant and determined by PhD committee
  • publications preferred, as listed on curriculum vitae
  • excellence in writing, sample essay of course paper or manuscript submitted by applicant
  • leadership/leadership potential

 

additional requirements for international students

  • CGFNS examination results
  • NCLEX-RN examination results/RN licensure
  • TOEFL -Evidence of English Proficiency (TOEFL)-- Official TOEFL scores are required for students whose native language is other than English. The following scores indicate minimum score requirements. (100 on the TOEFL iBT (internet based test); 7.5 on the IELTS Band (academic); 600 or greater on the paper based test or 250 on the CBT test (Computer-Based Test). Please request that your scores be sent to the William F. Connell Graduate School of Nursing by using our institutional code 3062 in the designated areas. Student copies or photocopies of TOEFL are not accepted.
    • You can get application forms and information about testing dates for the TOEFL from many U.S. consolates, USIA Centers, and TOELF centers overseas by writing to: TOEFL Registration CN 6152 Princeton, New Jersey 08541 USA, or www.toefl.org.
    • The TOEFL score is not required if you meet both of the following criteria:  You are a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean AND your native language is English.

 

supplemental forms

Based on the answers you provide in your application, you may need one or more of the following forms to complete your application:

 

SUBMITTING APPLICATION MATERIALS

Completed application materials should be sent to the following address:

Boston College
William F. Connell School of Nursing Processing Center
P.O. Box 8147
Portsmouth, NH 03802

 

In order to be processed, all materials must be submitted on official forms or with appropriate official cover sheets that includes your full name, social security number (if applicable), and date of birth. This information will be used to match your application to all supplementary materials (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) Failure to include the appropriate form/cover may delay or prevent your application from being reviewed.

Please note that the mailing address listed above does not accept deliveries from Fedex, UPS, or other express mail services. If you need to submit materials in an expedited fashion, please send to:

Boston College
William F. Connell School of Nursing Document Processing Center
124 Heritage Avenue, Suite #14
Portsmouth, NH 03801