Nursing (PhD)

College of Nursing

Program Information

Degrees or Certificates Offered:


Delivery Method:

Distance Education/Campus

Program Website:

GRE (or other entrance exam) Not Required!

Graduate Program Contact

Dr. Pam Reis


Mailing Address:
College of Nursing, Department of Nursing Science, Health Sciences Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858

(252) 744-6423

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Spring Semester 1st Summer Session 2nd Summer Session 11-week Summer Session
Priority ** ** ** ** March 15th
Graduate School * * * * March 15th

* Applications not considered for admission in this term

Application/Deadline Notes

Program only admits the 11 week summer session.

**This program does not have a Priority Deadline for this term.

Students attending on F1 student visas not eligible; USCIS required course delivery mode not available.

Additional Information

Application Materials Needed:
  • Completed application form
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (at least 1 reference must be from a doctoral prepared nurse)
  • Baccalaureate or Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited school
  • Unrestricted RN licensure unless BSN graduating in Spring of the application
  • Statement of Intent
  • 3.2 GPA on all graduate work
  • Current CV
  • Interview by graduate faculty

Pre-admitted Early Assurance BSN-PhD applicants are exempt from the LOR requirement for the PhD portion of the application.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the PhD is a research-focused degree that prepares individuals to create, translate, and communicate new knowledge as leaders within institutions of higher education and outside of academia. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs prepare nurse leaders at the highest level of nursing practice to improve patient outcomes and translate research into practice. The PhD prepares graduates as nurse leaders in research. Still unsure? See the AACN website, nursing education pathways at