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The Ph.D. in Nursing prepares scholars for leadership roles in research, education, practice, health policy and administration. Nurse scientists work in clinical and academic settings to develop knowledge that shapes the future of nursing practice and education. 

The program is proud of its research strengths in the broad areas of health promotion, chronic illness management, health systems and quality, nursing education, health policy, health disparities, and rural populations. The College of Nursing faculty guides students’ dissertation committees that focus in these areas.

We offer full-time and part-time options, with about 50% of students full-time. Students can enter after the M.S.N. or B.S.N. degree. The M.S.N. entry to Ph.D. is designed for both full-time and part-time students but our B.S.N.-Ph.D. program is currently designed for full-time students only. 

Program Website

Learn More — Visit the Nursing Graduate Program website for additional information.


Course Requirements — View the Nursing Graduate Program curriculum requirements.