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1. I do not have a graduate degree, but I do have a BSN (or I am an A.D.N. graduate with a BSN). Am I eligible to apply to the PhD program?

Yes, we admit BSN prepared students directly to the PhD program. BSN-PhD students begin their studies in the spring with enrollment in Master's level core courses. The application deadline for BSN-PhD students is December 1. If you have questions about the program, please contact Mary Jastrezemski at If you have questions about your application, please contact Jeri Belsher at 

2. I have already taken a few nursing graduate courses toward my MSN (master of science in nursing). What happens in this case?

You are eligible to apply for admission to the PhD program as a BSN entry student. If admitted to the PhD program, we would review the MSN courses you have taken. If you have taken Nurs 501 and Nurs 503 or their equivalent (as determined by the PhD program director), you would not begin your PhD coursework until summer, but could continue with other MSN coursework in spring. You may then choose to focus entirely on PhD studies or continue taking coursework to complete the MSN while taking PhD coursework.

3. I have a master’s degree in nursing (or will be completing the MSN in December or May). When would I begin the PhD program?

Your PhD coursework would begin in our summer term.

4. I have a master’s degree in a non-nursing (related) field. Am I eligible to apply to the PhD program?

Yes, you may apply as a master’s prepared student.

5. I am an entry level student graduating with my BSN in December. Do I need to have passed the NCLEX before applying?

If the NCLEX has not yet been taken (which will be the case for December graduates), or if NCLEX results are pending at the time of application, applicant should indicate this in the personal statement. A copy of the RN license must then be submitted before the end of the first term of enrollment or prior to any clinical course (if applicable).

6. Do I need to submit all transcripts with my application?

Yes, you need to submit official copies of ALL your transcripts with your UNM Graduation application in order to apply for graduate admission at UNM (even if you submitted them for entry into UNM’s BSN program). If you are graduating in December with your BSN you must submit an official transcript at the time of application, and again when the final grades and degree have been posted to your transcript. You should request your official transcripts immediately. 

7. Is this program fully online?

With the exception of a required one week of face to face class time during Residency Week, our courses are delivered fully online. The Residency Week is typically held M-F the week before Memorial Day weekend, and is required the first three years of enrollment in the program. Students are also required to attend the WIN research conference in April for the first two terms of enrollment, and after that time to attend a research conference yearly (approved by their Committee) until completion of the degree.

8. How many credit hours is the total program?

For the BSN entry option to the PhD program, a BSN prepared nurse will complete 18 credits that are MSN only courses, plus the 51 credits that are at the PhD level (total of 69 credits of coursework plus 18 credits of dissertation). This essentially shortens the BSN to PhD by 14 credits (about a year), which would be the case if the MSN is completed separately from the PhD. Those with the MSN degree at the time of admission complete 51 credits of coursework at the PhD level, plus the 18 credits of dissertation.

9. My research interest is not listed on the PhD program materials. Will I be able to do my dissertation research in my own area of interest?

Yes, your dissertation topic can and should be one for which you have a passion, but you may need to refine it under the guidance of your dissertation advisor. Although our core PhD courses focus on the areas listed in our program materials, your advisor will assist you in identifying courses that will support your area of interest.

10. How do I apply to the PhD program?

The application deadline is February 1, 2017, 9:59pm MST. Click here to access the application. 

11. What is the cost?

Information about the cost of both in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees can be found online at the Bursar's Tuition and Fees website. Please note that there is an additional Nursing Tuition Differential for nursing students and can be found just under the Tuition and Fee Schedule. In addition to these costs please estimate $400 per term in additional course fees, HSC Library Fee and Needstick Insurance Fee. If you have any questions please contact the College of Nursing's Financial Aid Officer, Ana Vigil, or (505) 272 - 0854. 

Part-time students (5-6 credits) are eligible for student loans

Please contact our financial aid officer, Ms. Ana Vigil ( for questions related to tuition, fees, and possible sources of funding.

For additional information please contact the PhD Program Planning Manager, Mary Jastrzemski at or Dr. Emily Haozous, PhD Program Director at