The College of Nursing online PhD program integrates science, theory, and research to educate the next generation of nurse scientists and leaders. Our students strive to advance nursing knowledge and translate research into practice that promotes the health and care of patients.

Ranked in the top 15% of graduate nursing programs by U.S. News and World Report, the online PhD is a research-intensive program that prepares doctoral students as scientists who generate knowledge to advance nursing. Similar to graduates of the college’s traditional PhD program, online PhD graduates are ready for careers in education, research, practice, and to assume leadership positions. Students work closely with faculty mentors to define their success early and plan and conduct cutting-edge research using a variety of research methods.

Students are admitted as a cohort and are required to attend a one-week orientation at the beginning of the program and return to campus at the end of their program of study. Online courses are offered every two years and must be taken in sequence.


Applicants must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in Nursing or health-related field from a professionally accredited program with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (4.0 scale) for all previous graduate course work;
  • Current GRE scores are required for applicants with an undergraduate and graduate GPA below a 3.20 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School. Visit the GRE website for more information about preparation and registration.
  • completion of a graduate-level statistics course (within the last five years) with a grade of B or higher or must complete within the first semester of the program;
  • Bachelor-prepared applicants must complete fifteen (15) credits PRIOR to entering the Online PD program: NURS 720 725, 735, 728, and 804. Contact Academic Advisor to create a plan.
Application Process

All applicants must apply through the Graduate School’s application system and upload the following:

  • a non-refundable application fee;
  • unofficial transcripts from each academic institution attended where at least nine (9) or more credits were attempted or completed from each school.
  • Applicants are required to submit official transcripts after an admission offer is accepted;
  • current Curriculum Vitae;
  • a written statement prepared by the applicant of previous professional experience, personal career goals, research interests, motivation for PhD study, and educational objectives to be accomplished in the program;
  • recommendations from at least three (3) people who have known the applicant in a professional capacity;
  • two examples of original work that demonstrates the applicant’s academic potential.
  • A conversation with a faculty member is required as part of the application process. A telephone conversation or visual on-line (e.g. Zoom, Skype) video meeting may be used when travel is prohibitive.

For More Information

Jennifer Daood
Doctoral Programs
Senior Advisor