Nursing Department : Ed.D Nursing Program

Ed.D. in Nursing Education Admission Requirements

Prospective students will apply to either SCSU or WCSU and receive their degree from the institution where they are matriculated. Admission policies to the program will be consistent with existing criteria for admitting doctoral students at SCSU and WCSU. A maximum of 25 students (total from two institutions) will be admitted, as a cohort, every year. Applications will be reviewed in the spring semester with the expectation that those accepted will begin the program of study in the fall semester.

A faculty committee, consisting of faculty from both institutions, will be responsible for reviewing application files, ranking candidates, and conducting interviews with applicants selected as finalists. Applicants will be responsible for ensuring that all required documents are received.

Specific requirements are as follows:

  • opens in a new windowGraduate School Application for the Ed.D. in Nursing Education program
  • Master’s degree in nursing, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0, from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate level coursework
  • Two (2) current references from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic ability, professional achievements, and potential for success in doctoral studies. At least one reference is preferred to be from an academic source.
  • Current RN license
  • Current resume/CV highlighting professional experience, scholarship, and service activities
  • Personal statement describing the following:
    1. reasons for seeking admission to the Ed.D. program
    2. professional goals
    3. research interests related to the scholarship of teaching and learning
    4. potential contributions to field of nursing education
  • For international students, a score of at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 80 (internet) on the TOEFL exam


All of the above requirements are to be sent to the Division of Graduate Studies, Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury CT 06810

The overall goal of the admissions committee is to admit individuals who, in the professional opinion of the faculty, demonstrate the greatest potential for making significant contributions to the field of nursing education through their teaching, scholarly, and service activities.