The front ranks of nursing science, service
Our PhD program fosters nurse scientists in the advancement, testing and dissemination of nursing knowledge and prepares scholars for leadership roles in research, education, practice, health policy and administration. Research yields endless dividends in better care.
Your mentors: distinguished faculty who lead their fields
College of Nursing doctoral faculty includes nationally recognized teachers, researchers and practitioners with a prodigious record of scholarly publication and research grants. Many are well-known authorities often cited for advancing their fields – especially in health promotion and symptom management in cancer and cardiac conditions.
Based on research interests, each student is matched with a faculty advisor who directs an individualized course of study, including independent research projects. Research emphasis is broadly described in these areas:
- Promoting and managing health in at-risk populations and in chronic illness
- Health systems and quality
- Nursing education
Educational features to benefit you
As Nebraska’s largest nursing program within a world-class health science center, UNMC offers:
- Small classes, individual attention and ongoing mentoring.
- Innovative, flexible curriculum centered on your professional goals and research interests.
- Close learning/working relationships with distinguished senior faculty with a top-tier record of publication and grants.
- Hands-on experience with grant application, management and reporting.
- Support resources and services through the College’s Niedfelt Nursing Research Center.
- Active support in helping you find and secure ways to fund your course of study.
- View core curriculum, course descriptions and example plans of study in the UNMC College of Nursing Catalog.
- Must have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited school of nursing.
- Those with a non-nursing master’s degree will be admitted to the BSN-PhD program.
- BSN and/or MSN degree obtained from a non-US college must be evaluated and be equivalent to a US nursing degree.
- Prior to admission to the graduate program, applicant must be legally licensed to practice nursing in one of the 50 US states.
Full details as to admission requirements according to the UNMC College of Nursing policy can be found at Policy 5.4.1: Graduate Student Admission Policies — PhD Program.
- MSN to PhD: 3.2 cumulative Master’s program GPA.
- BSN to PhD: 3.2 cumulative undergraduate GPA.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
- BSN-PhD applicants must submit current official GRE scores* with their application.
- Applicants with a Master’s degree and GPA of 3.2 or above in their Master’s program will have the GRE requirement waived.
*A GRE exam score is required. All scores will be considered for admissions
English Proficiency: Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must present official TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application.
The BSN to PhD program is designed to be a 4 to 5-year, full-time program. Approximately 84 credit hours are required. If you pursue full clinical with the PhD program, degree completion will be extended approximately an additional year. Specialties available for full clinical.
The MSN to PhD program is designed to be completed in 4-5 years depending on whether you’re a full or part-time student. Approximately 62 credit hours are required.
UNMC processes applications to its nursing program through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing. Visit nursingcas.org to start an application and go to the Add Program page to select our program and complete the steps to fill out and submit your application. Full details per admission criteria are provided on the application.