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Executive Program for Nurses
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Executive Program for Nurses

In the Department of Organization & Leadership

Doctor of Education (NEXD) > Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission to the doctoral program through the Executive Program for Nurses is determined by faculty examination of all supporting documents submitted by candidates. Acceptance into the program leading to certification as a doctoral candidate in the Executive Program for Nurses gives the applicant status as a graduate student but does not imply that the student will be admitted as a certified doctoral candidate. The responsibility for creative and complete presentation of the candidate's portfolio rests with the candidate; comprehensive presentation of information by the candidate is helpful during the selection process. All requested and supporting materials must be submitted to the Admissions Office. After the Admissions Office has received all supporting materials, admission eligibility will be determined, and the applicant will be notified. Applicants are encouraged to keep in mind that admission decisions are made on a competitive basis and that meeting minimum admissions criteria do not guarantee admission. 

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.

Application Process

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
    Educational background
    Professional employment
    Professional memberships, activities, and consultations
    Other scholarly writing, speeches, and so forth
    Research activities
  • 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:

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.