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
- Hold a baccalaureate degree in accordance with Teachers College admission requirements.
- 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 and/or to do fieldwork. In addition, students from other countries must have a license to practice from their own country. International students should also contact the Office of Admissions for further application requirements.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in prior graduate coursework.
- 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. 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 is required. 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.
International applicants should note that a current permit from the New York State Board of Nursing is required to practice nursing and/or to do fieldwork. Potential candidates who do not meet certain admission standards but who can demonstrate substantial ability shall have the option to petition the faculty of the program to be considered for admission based on alternative evidence of ability.
The next accelerated Doctor of Education cohort is expected to begin in the Fall 2018 semester.