ENTRY TERM: Fall 2024
Application Opens: August 11, 2023
PRIORITY Application Deadline: May 15, 2024
Final Application Deadline: June 1, 2024 extended to June 15, 2024

Application Fees (non-refundable): 

NursingCAS: $80
AU Nursing Supplemental Application: $25

Please submit your NursingCAS application first. Once your application has been verified by NursingCAS, you will be notified by Augusta University’s (AU's) Graduate Admissions Office (graduateadmissions@augusta.edu) to set up your AU applicant portal. The email will also provide instructions on how to complete and submit your AU Supplemental Application.

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made.

The program does not accept applications after the published application deadline, however the program will continue to accept application materials up to 2 weeks after the application deadline.  

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-20 for F-1 student status or Form DS-2019 for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status cannot be issued by Augusta University for enrollment in this hybrid program per U.S. immigration regulations. Questions? Please email International & Postdoctoral Services Office at ipso@augusta.edu.

NursingCAS Application

Contact Us 

Julie Zadinsky, PhD, RN, CIP
Program Director


Admission Criteria


A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 a 4.0 scale and a minimum overall graduate GPA of a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

Degree Requirement

Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) from an accredited program and an accredited college or university. A Master’s degree or higher with a major in nursing (MSN, MN, DNP) alone may fulfill the minimum degree requirement, which will be determined on a case by case basis. To satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree(s) earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s) required by the program. 

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to NursingCAS. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, NursingCAS will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts

An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement.

Letters of Recommendation (3)

As part of the online NursingCAS application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant's prior academic work (usually college professors); employment; and artistic, research and/or clinical experience and qualifications (clinical or research supervisor/manager) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing them to the online site where they can complete the reference form and submit their letter of recommendation.

Standardized Test Requirements

None are required for this program. 

English Proficiency Exam (if applicable)

English proficiency exam scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English and who do not qualify for an English proficiency exam waiver per the criteria listed below. Augusta University will accept official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test (IELTS) exam scores. Official exam scores must be taken within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

  • TOEFL Minimum Overall Score: 79 internet based or 213 computer based
  • IELTS Minimum Overall Band Score: 6.5

English Proficiency Exam Waiver Criteria: An English proficiency exam will be waived for applicants to graduate programs who:

  • submit proof of earning a Baccalaureate, Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university. The requirement will be waived upon receipt of the official transcript showing proof of degree
  • are citizens of countries on the approved waiver list

Please visit the International Student webpage for more information.

Program Specific Requirements and Information

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants must have completed a 3 credit hour undergraduate or graduate statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of "B" or higher. 

CV / Resume

Including date of most recent revision. This item is uploaded directly onto NursingCAS.  


Included within the application, applicants must submit a written component that addresses the following: (this item is required and to be submitted within NursingCAS Application).

  1. Why you want to complete a PhD program.
  2. The specific goals you want to accomplish while in the PhD program.
  3. The area of research that you want to study for your dissertation as well as your previous education and experience related to this research area.
  4. Your rationale for wanting to attend specifically the nursing PhD program at Augusta University.

Scholarly Paper

Submission of an original paper reflecting research ability. This may be a research paper or another type of scholarly paper that demonstrates critical thinking abilities. This item is uploaded onto NursingCAS.


Nurse applicants must currently hold an unrestricted RN license and be eligible for an unrestricted RN license in the state of Georgia. Other applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. 

Personal Interview

Interviews are by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.