PhD Admissions

Estimated Funding Package

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in nursing, or 
  • Applicants with an associate’s degree in nursing and a bachelor's or master's degree in other areas are eligible to apply.
    • Note: Official transcripts from all institutions attended will be required prior to enrollment in the program.
  • New York State RN licensure or eligibility
  • International Applicants Only: TOEFL Exam Score

For our general application requirements, please visit the Apply to the PhD Program page.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must complete prerequisite coursework for an accredited college or university. It is required that completed courses have a grade of a C or better. Note: Grades of C- or below are not sufficient as successful completion of the course. Applicants must plan their courses accordingly where if they need to retake the course, they have enough time to do so during the application process. This will guarantee completion prior to enrollment in the program.

  • Graduate Level Health Policy Course - This type of course can vary. Applicants may mail the Office of Admissions to request review and approval of a proposed health policy course or for suggestions for approved courses. 

Prerequisite courses are required to be completed by the start of the program, not by the application deadline.


PhD and MDE/PhD applicants may be invited to an interview by the PhD program. The timeframe on when interviews take place are as follows:

  • PhD applicants - December 
  • Accepted Applicants Admitted Students Days – January 

International Applicants

Columbia Nursing will fund international PhD students. Funding includes tuition and fees, Student Health Services health insurance, and a stipend. International applicants are encouraged to visit the Columbia University International Students & Scholars Office for information about housing, Visas, and other topics.

Contact the Office of Admissions

560 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
United States

Walk-in Hours: Mon, Tue, and Fri: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Appointments Only: Wed and Thu: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Note: We are not accepting any walk-ins or in-person appointments until further notice.

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