The College of Nursing 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.

For maximum flexibility, the program is offered both full-time (9 credits) and part-time (6 credits) and structured so that the required doctoral nursing courses are offered only one day per week.

What students accomplish in the college’s traditional PhD program depends on their focus area, personal interests, and long-term research and career preferences. Faculty mentors help PhD candidates define their success early and plan and conduct cutting-edge research. These research and mentorship experiences prepare doctoral students for successful careers as academic or clinical scientists, as educators, and for other opportunities in the rapidly evolving nursing professions.


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 at 3.2 (4.0 scale) for all previous graduate course work;
  • 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.
  • completion of a graduate-level statistics course (within the last five years) with a grade of B or higher.
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;
  • three (3) different people who are willing to submit a reference for you that are knowledgeable about your academic experience and potential for graduate study in Nursing;
  • 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 (2) 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