Doctoral Programs

Guidelines for Admission

Humanities (Ph.D.)

Who May Apply

Individuals with master's degrees who are highly motivated to explore the relationship between humanities and technology are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the traditional Ph.D. program are due March 15 for fall admission, Sept. 15 for spring admission and Jan. 15 for summer admission. Applications for the independent research fellows cohort are due March 15 for fall admission.

Please note: Salve Regina does not issue I-20s for the traditional Ph.D. in humanities program.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each college or university attended, including proof of an accredited master's degree with a GPA of 3.30 or higher.
  • Personal statement.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who have taught the applicant, that address the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral studies.
  • A 15-page paper completed for a master’s degree course.
  • An online writing sample.
  • A current resume.

Applications must be completed within one year of initial submission or individuals may be required to resubmit materials. All application materials become a permanent and confidential part of University records and are not returned.

International Students in the Low-Residency Ph.D. Program

Due to the non-traditional format of the required residency as well as the structure of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which is designed only for traditional full-time residential programs, Salve Regina can only issue an I-20 that is valid for the duration of the residency plus adequate travel time to and from campus. As such, international students enrolled at Salve Regina cannot remain in the U.S. between residencies under the I-20 and/or F-1 visa.

Salve Regina is required to issue new I-20s to international students each semester they are enrolled. Therefore, students are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee ($200) in advance of each semester so that a new, semester-specific I-20 can be generated and issued for travel purposes. The University does not issue I-20 certificates for F2 dependents (or spouses or children) of I-20/F-1 visa holders in the low-residency program.

International Relations (Ph.D.)

Who May Apply

Individuals with a master's degree, granted by an English-speaking institution. Must have at least five years of relevant professional experience.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the Ph.D. in international relations will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each college or university attended, including proof of an accredited master's degree.
  • Personal statement.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who have taught the applicant, that address the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral studies.
  • A 15-page paper completed for a master’s degree course (optional).
  • A current resume.

Applications must be completed within one year of initial submission or individuals may be required to resubmit materials. All application materials become a permanent and confidential part of University records and are not returned.

Nursing (DNP)

Application Deadlines

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is offered in a cohort format. Applications are due June 1 for the fall semester and Dec. 1 for the spring semester. Applicants for fall admission will receive their admission decision in July.

Please note: Salve Regina does not issue I-20s for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application.
  • Transcripts for baccalaureate and master's degrees (if applying as a post-master’s student) in nursing from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0, along with all other official transcripts in which collegiate credit was obtained.
  • Copy of unencumbered RN license or eligibility for RN licensure in the state of Rhode Island. (License will need to be obtained prior to any clinical experiences.)
  • Copy of unencumbered APRN license and certification (if applicable).
  • Personal statement relating doctoral study and research expectations to professional goals.
  • Portfolio (include curriculum vitae/resume) that includes a description of current and past clinical practice as well as any presentations and/ or publications.
  • Letters of recommendation from two clinical peers/supervisors who attest to communication and clinical competence.
  • Interview with a member of the graduate nursing admissions committee.
  • Evidence of completion of three credits in statistics.
  • Evidence of completion of three credits in master’s-level advanced research course (post-master’s applicants).
  • Online writing sample. This is a timed essay that applicants will complete by email to demonstrate their writing skills. 

Post-master's doctoral students will complete 30 credits, including 15 credits of the scholarly project (thesis) to fulfill the requirements of the program.

Applicants may have the opportunity to take two non-matriculating courses while they wait for their applications to be reviewed. Please contact Dr. Sharon Stager for more information.

For all doctoral programs, non-native English speakers are required to submit results from the TOEFL or IELTS. To be considered for admission, students must have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 100 or IELTS score of 7.0. English proficiency exams may be waived for those applicants who have earned a degree from an overseas university where the primary language of instruction is English, or from a college or university in the U.S.