Minimum Admissions Criteria
- A Baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in any field that is approved by Teachers College, Columbia University.
- A graduate degree and/or a minimum of 36 graduate points/credits, approved by Teachers College, Columbia University and the Program Coordinator.
- Current Registered Nurse Licensure in a state in the United States of America or in a province of Canada. For students from other countries, a current permit from the New York State Board of Nursing is required to practice nursing. In addition, students from other countries must have a license to practice from their own country. International students must also submit one of the following: a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (IBT), a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based TOEFL, or a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS examination. International students should also contact the Office of Admissions for further application requirements.
- Eighth decile on graduate work at Teachers College or a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 from other accredited institutions.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal score of at least 156 for the new test (since Fall 2011), or 540 for the old test or the equivalent; otherwise, you must have a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of at least 416 or its equivalent. Instead of an MAT or GRE score, students of other countries for whom English is not the primary language must present a score of 600 or greater on the TOEFL examination or Level 10 on the American Language Program (ALP) test offered by Columbia University in lieu of the GRE or MAT. Test scores must be dated within five years prior to submission of the application.
- One year of continuous post-baccalaureate fulltime nursing or healthcare management experience. Applicants are expected to formally document fulfillment of this requirement upon admission.
- Potential candidates who do not meet the aforementioned admission standards but who can demonstrate substantial ability shall have the option to petition the Faculty of the Executive Program for Nurses to be considered for admission based on alternative evidence of ability.
Submit to the Admissions Office
- Completed Application
- Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test scores. The TOEFL Examination Score can be submitted in lieu of the above, if indicated
- Official transcripts of all prior college level education
- Photocopy of current nursing licensure
- At least two current references
- Personal Statement
Applicants should state concisely on the form provided their reasons for seeking doctoral admission, current and long-term professional goals, research interests, and an estimate of potential contributions to the professional field after completion of a doctoral program.
- Professional Resume
Professional memberships, activities, and consultations
Other scholarly writing, speeches, and so forth
- Copies of two scholarly papers, preferably published
Other Relevant Information
Students who have been notified that they have been admitted into the program leading to certification as a doctoral candidate must enroll in the Cohort Program that begins immediately following admission. If this is not done, the student must reapply for admission. Doctoral students are expected to have read and complied with all current requirements for the management of their programs of study available in the following:
- Teachers College Catalog - Admissions Office;
- Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education - Office of Doctoral Studies (ODS); and the
- "Doctoral Advisement Guide" - from the Executive Program for Nurses.
Note: This Guide should be read in conjunction with the current Teachers College Catalog.The student is responsible for meeting the requirements in both documents. If an inconsistency in student interpretation exists between this Guide and the Teachers College Catalog, policies in the Teachers College Catalog prevail.