College of Nursing

White Hall, 39 Butterfield Road, Kingston, RI 02881

nurse@uri.edu – Phone: 401.874.2766 - Fax: 401.874.3811

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Graduate Programs

How to Apply

The completed online application and all supporting documents must be received by February 15th for Fall admission and October 15th for Spring admission. Applications must be received by January 30th for consideration for departmental financial aid for the following year. There is no assurance that applications completed after specified deadlines will be processed in time for enrollment in the desired semester. Admission is valid only for the term offered and must be reconsidered if a postponement is subsequently requested.

Applications are not reviewed until all materials are received by the Department for which you are applying. Please have all your materials sent directly to the Graduate Admission Committee, White Hall, URI College of Nursing, 39 Butterfield Rd, Kingston, RI 02881-2021, Ph: 401.874.2766

Masters and Post Masters Certificate Programs

Application Materials include:

  • A completed online application for Admission
  • Application fee of $65 – online payment preferred.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. NOTE: If you attended URI as an undergraduate or graduate you will still need to upload your transcripts. Directions to request URI transcripts can be found here.
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional) attesting to the applicant’s capability for graduate study, one of which must be by a masters prepared nurse.
  • Curriculum vita or resume.
  • Submission of MAT or GRE results with satisfactory score and taken within the past five years. Test scores are required for all masters applicants regardless of experience, GPA, or admission retirements from other post-secondary nursing programs. Go to http://pearsonassess.com/haiweb/Cultures/en-US/site/Community/PostSecondary/Products/MAT/mathome.htm or call (in RI) MAT testing centers: Salve Regina College (401)341-2913, Providence College (401)865-2247, or Rhode Island College (401)456-8003. Or GRE go to http://www.gre.org for information on GRE testing and preparation.
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose which includes your goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing and planned progression through the program (i.e. part time or full time study)

Admission Requirements include:

Admission decisions will be based on a comprehensive review of applicant qualifications presented as a total package. The following criteria will be used as the guidelines for admission decisions:

  • Completed application with all materials.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) or the National League for Nursing (NLN) with an upper-division major in nursing.
  • Eligibility for RN licensure in Rhode Island.
  • Positive recommendations.
  • Statement of purpose which reflects writing ability and goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing.
  • Two years of clinical nursing experience, relevant to the specialization applied for, prior to enrollment in the advanced practice clinical courses.
  • A basic statistics course is a prerequisite for NUR 505 or NUR652. Undergraduate course in statistics (PSY 300 preferred, or STA 220 – course content to include
    probability to help interpret nursing research).
  • Candidates with non-nursing degrees will be evaluated on an individual basis. Completion of challenge of upper-division nursing courses is required prior to acceptance into the master’s program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs

MS to DNP

Application Materials include:

The following materials are required to complete the online graduate nursing application:

  • A completed online application for Admission
  • Application fee of $65 – online payment preferred.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. NOTE: If you attended URI as an undergraduate or graduate you will still need to upload your transcripts. Directions to request URI transcripts can be found here.
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional) attesting to the applicant’s capability for doctoral study, one of which must be by a doctorally prepared nurse.
  • Curriculum vita or resume.
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose which includes your goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing and planned progression through the program (i.e. part time or full time study)
  • Submission of two scholarly papers (one theoretical and the other empirical) is required for review by the graduate faculty. A master’s thesis or its equivalent may be submitted in lieu of two scholarly papers for review.

MS to DNP Admission Requirements include:

Admission decisions will be based on a comprehensive review of applicant qualifications presented as a total package. The following criteria will be used as the guidelines for admission decisions:

  • Completed application with all materials.
  • Master’s degree in nursing or its equivalent. A minimum of 3.3 GPA is desirable.
  • R.N. License
  • National certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse.
  • Scholarly papers which demonstrate command of advanced writing.
  • Positive recommendations
  • Statement of purpose which reflects writing ability and goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing.
  • Evidence of graduate course work in concept development and theory (NUR 500, NUR 507) or equivalent.

BS to DNP

BS to DNP Application Materials include:

The following materials are required to complete the online graduate nursing application:

  • A completed online application for Admission
  • Application fee of $65 – online payment preferred.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. NOTE: If you attended URI as an undergraduate or graduate you will still need to upload your transcripts. Directions to request URI transcripts can be found here.
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional) attesting to the applicant’s capability for graduate study, one of which must be by a doctorally prepared nurse.
  • Curriculum vita or resume.
  • Submission of MAT or GRE results with satisfactory score and taken within the past five years. Test scores are required for all masters applicants regardless of experience, GPA, or admission retirements from other post-secondary nursing programs.
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose which includes your goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing and planned progression through the program (i.e. part time or full time study)

BS to DNP Admission Requirements include:

Prospective graduate student applications are reviewed as a package based on submitted materials and the following:

  • Completed application with all materials.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing or the National League for Nursing with an upper-division major in nursing.
  • Eligibility for RN licensure in Rhode Island
  • Positive recommendations
  • Statement of purpose which reflects writing ability and goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing
  • Two years of clinical nursing experience, relevant to the specialization applied for, prior to enrollment in the advanced practice clinical courses.
  • A basic statistics course is a prerequisite for NUR 505 or NUR652.
  • Candidates with non-nursing degrees will be evaluated on an individual basis. Completion of challenge of upper-division nursing courses is required prior to acceptance into the master’s program

Doctor of Philosophy Program

PhD Application Requirements:

The following materials are required to complete the online graduate nursing application:

  • A completed online application for Admission
  • Application fee of $65 – online payment preferred.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. NOTE: If you attended URI as an undergraduate or graduate you will still need to upload your transcripts. Directions to request URI transcripts can be found here.
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional) attesting to the applicant’s capability for doctoral study, one of which must be by a doctorally prepared nurse.
  • Curriculum vita or resume.
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose which includes your goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing and planned progression through the program (i.e. part time or full time study)
  • Submission of two scholarly papers (one theoretical and the other empirical) is required for review by the graduate faculty. A master’s thesis or its equivalent may be submitted in lieu of two scholarly papers for review.

Admission Requirements:

Admission decisions will be based on a comprehensive review of applicant qualifications presented as a total package. The following criteria will be used as the guidelines for admission decisions:

  • Completed application with all materials.
  • Baccalaureate degree from an AACN or NLN-accredited program in nursing or its equivalent. A minimum of 3.0 GPA is desirable.
    Master’s degree in nursing or its equivalent. A minimum of 3.3 GPA is desirable.
  • Eligibility for R.I. Licensure.
  • National certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse.
  • Scholarly papers/masters thesis which demonstrate command of advanced writing.
  • Positive recommendations
  • Statement of purpose which reflects writing ability and goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing.
  • Completion of an undergraduate course in statistics that includes inferential statistics.

NOTE: Application materials and admission requirements may vary from program to program. Please check under the “Application Materials” and “Admission Requirements” on your programs specific webpage. The admissions committee may also request additional materials from the applicant.

International Students only must also produce:

  • Official TOEFL Scores (these MUST be sent electronically by the testing service)
  • Official English translation of College Transcript(s)
  • Certificate of Financial Responsibility

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Pat Burbank, at (401)874-5314 or pburbank@uri.edu.

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