Admission Criteria and Process

  1. Completion of a master’s degree in nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years. [Use both of the following codes for submission of GRE to the College of Nursing: R5025 is the code for the Mercer University Atlanta Campus; Use major code (Nursing) #0610]
  3. Completion of the following graduate level courses: nursing theory, research, and statistics. 
  4. Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in a state or jurisdiction of the USA
  5. Evidence of a strong writing ability, potential leadership, and scholarship.
  6. Preference may be given to applicants meeting one or more of the following criteria:
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater (in graduate coursework).
  • A combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Intent to pursue fulltime study.
  • Distinguished leadership or scholarship; evidence of scholarly writing ability.

International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission. Please note that F-1 students are not eligible for online programs.   If you have additional questions about admission to doctoral programs (for international students), click here.

International applicant deadline is December 1.  For all other applicants, March 1 is priority deadline, and May 1 is the final deadline (space available).

Admission Process

PHASE 1: All applicants must submit

  1. Completed application for the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree program, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee. Complete the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Application.
  2. Upon completion of the program application, the following documents must be submitted to the nursing Admissions Office:

    Curriculum vitae following specific guidelines included in the application packet.   Request the CV Guidelines.

    Official GRE report (Codes for submission of GRE scores are Mercer University – Atlanta: R5025; Nursing Department/Major Code: 0610)

    Copy of unencumbered license to practice in a state or jurisdiction of the USA

    List of references/recommendations with contact information. Download the Reference List for DNP and PhD Applicant form. It is strongly suggested that references include a minimum of one University nursing faculty member; the two remaining references should be from instructors, administrators, or managers who have evaluated the applicant’s professional practice. References are a very important part of the admission selection process.

    Submission of one official transcript from all Colleges/Universities attended. The graduate transcript will be evaluated for all coursework associated with admission criteria.  

    Mailing address for the Nursing Admissions Office:
    Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
    Attention: Admissions Office
    3001 Mercer University Drive
    Atlanta, GA 30341

    *NOTE: The Admissions Office will not print materials for the applicant.  The applicant is responsible for sending a print copy of vitae, license, and references.  All materials submitted become the property of the College and University and they will not be returned to the applicant.

Following review of the above materials, the applicant will be contacted by email regarding the submission of an online scholarly writing. The online scholarly writing is reviewed by a selection committee; this committee determines whether the applicant progresses to the next phase.


  1. Selected applicants will be contacted to establish an interview date.
  2. An onsite writing sample is required at the time of interview.

Applicants are notified regarding admission within three weeks from review of phase 2 materials.

Accepted students must complete the following

  • Submit a $200 nonrefundable deposit; this is credited toward the first semester of enrollment.
  • Complete : students must follow enrollment procedures and complete all areas on the checklist. Get the Checklist (Exception:  Ph.D. students do not complete the criminal background and drug screen.)  If enrolled in summer statistics, checklist items need to be completed prior to the first day of the beginning of the summer session.