In order to be admitted to the PhD program, the applicant must meet the following qualifications:
Admission to the university: The online application form is available here.
The following items are required components of the application:
Applications received by June 1 will receive priority consideration. Submit all materials to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
A maximum of six will be admitted. To apply, please click here.
The Kramer School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee will then review and score the applications, based on GRE results, GPAs, and evidence of research, publishing, and presentations (a copy of the scoring system is available from Shelley Cassada, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Top applicants may be invited to an interview with the committee. Interviews of students living at a distance can be conducted by telephone. The interviews will validate and verify application materials and evaluate verbal communication skills.
Due to the strenuous nature of nursing and practice orientation of Oklahoma City University's Kramer School of Nursing program, the School reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any student to enroll or continue in the nursing program. This decision is based on considerations including, but not limited to, characteristics required of a professional nurse.
Eligibility is determined by the faculty's evaluation of a student's ability to perform the skills necessary to complete the course objectives, and includes attitudinal and behavioral components. These elements are re-evaluated each semester.
Previous graduate work at the master’s level will be evaluated and as many as 33 credit hours may be accepted toward the minimum 90 credit hours required for completion of the PhD.
A maximum of 15 credit hours of previous study at the post-master’s or doctoral level may be accepted as transfer credit on a case-by-case basis as relevant to the degree path or focus. Requests for transfer credit over and above this level must be submitted on the university’s “Student Petition” form. This process is to precede the finalization of the formal Degree Completion Contract.
Students must maintain continuous enrollment in the program as specified in the individualized Degree Completion Contract.
To progress, the student must have passed all prerequisite courses. A grade below a B- is considered failing in doctoral work.
The student may retake one course. A second failure in that course or in another course will result in dismissal from the program. Withdrawal from a nursing course after two-thirds of the course is over will be counted as one enrollment.
A full list of current tuition and fee costs is available here. Doctoral students who take at least two graduate credit hours per semester will be eligible for financial aid.
The university’s Office of Financial Aid will be able to offer certification for personal loans, as well as provide university scholarships to qualifying students, and will also help students identify other non-federal sources of aid. Students should use employer-based assistance as well.
The PhD program is designed for individuals who work full-time and who may or may not be geographically located within driving distance of OCU. Therefore, the residency requirement will be met by maintaining year-round (including summers) continuous enrollment (unless on an approved leave of absence) and by coming to campus for all the following:
Graduation requirements include: