PhD Nurse Student inventor Lindsey Roddy

The PhD in Nursing 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.

The program is offered oncampus both fulltime and parttime. The courses are structured so that the required doctoral nursing courses are offered only one day per week.

Program Type

Doctoral

Program Format

On Campus
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The Potential of a PhD in Nursing from UWM

As the largest College of Nursing in the state, UW-Milwaukee partners with over 160 agencies to prepare nurse scientists, researchers and educators. Go beyond the bedside and make an impact on the world around you with a PhD in nursing from UWM.

Nurse Media Esser, holding a sign that says
Media S. Esser, NNP-BC, APNP, CWN, and UWM PhD in Nursing Alumna

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 so candidates can plan and conduct cutting-edge research.

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.

Nursing PhD Handbook (PDF)

Full-Time On-Campus PhD – 3-year plan

Year 1

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Foundations of Inquiry for HealthNURS 8013
Multivariate StatisticsNURS 8083
Issues in ScholarshipNURS 8903
Specialty Elective3
Science of NursingNURS 8023
Qualitative Methods in Health ResearchNURS 8823
Quantitative Methods in Health Research NURS 8833
Measurement in Health ResearchNURS 8813
Research PracticumNURS 8993
First Year Exam, Summer

Year 2

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Choose one advanced methods course:
Advanced Quantitative
Advanced Qualitative

NURS 885
NURS 886

3
3
Specialty Elective3
Research PracticumNURS 8992
Health PolicyNURS 8033
Analysis of Nursing PhenomenaNURS 8203
Specialty Elective3
Integrative StudiesNURS 8093

Year 3

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Doctoral Independent Study (Comprehensive Exam)NURS 997
NURS 897
1
DissertatorNURS 9973
DissertatorNURS 9973

Full-time On-Campus PhD – 4-year plan

Year 1

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Foundations of Inquiry for HealthNURS 8013
Multivariate StatisticsNURS 8083
Issues in ScholarshipNURS 8903
Science of NursingNURS 8023
Qualitative Methods in Health ResearchNURS 8823
Quantitative Methods in Health ResearchNURS 8833
Measurement in Health ResearchNURS 8813
Research PracticumNURS 8991
First Year Exam

Year 2

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Choose one advanced methods course:
Advanced Quantitative
Advanced Qualitative

NURS 885
NURS 886
3
Research PracticumNURS 8991
Specialty Elective3
Health PolicyNURS 8033
Analysis of Nursing PhenomenaNURS 8203
Specialty Elective3
Integrative StudiesNURS 8091
Specialty Elective3

Year 3

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Research PracticumNURS 8992
Doctoral Independent Study (Comprehensive Exam)NURS 8971
Dissertator NURS 9973

Year 4

CourseCourse NumberCredits
DissertatorNURS 9973
DissertatorNURS 9973

Part-time On-Campus PhD – 5-year plan

Year 1

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Foundations of Inquiry for HealthNURS 8013
Science of NursingNURS 8023
Multivariate StatisticsNURS 8083
Quantitative Methods in Health ResearchNURS 8833

Year 2

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Issues in ScholarshipNURS 8903
Research PracticumNURS 8991
Specialty Elective3
Specialty Elective3
Qualitative Methods in Health ResearchNURS 8823
Measurement in Health ResearchNURS 8813
Research PracticumNURS 8991
First Year Exam (Summer)

Year 3

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Choose one advanced methods course:
Advanced Quantitative
Advanced Qualitative
NURS 885
NURS 886
3
Research PracticumNURS 8991
Specialty Elective3
Health PolicyNURS 8033
Analysis of Nursing PhenomenaNURS 8203
Integrative StudiesNURS 8093
Research PracticumNURS 8991

Year 4

Course Course NumberCredits
Doctoral Independent Study (Comprehensive Exam)NURS 8971
Dissertator NURS 997
3

Year 5

CourseCourse NumberCredits
DissertatorNURS 9973
DissertatorNURS 9973

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

  • a nonrefundable application fee;
  • unofficial transcripts from each academic institution attended where at least nine or more credits were attempted or completed. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts after an admission offer is accepted;
  • current curriculum vitae;
  • references from three different people who know about your academic experience and your potential for graduate study in nursing.
  • a written statement from the applicant that includes previous professional experience, professional career goals, research interests, motivation for PhD study and educational objectives for the program.
  • Two examples of original work that demonstrate the applicant’s academic potential.
  • A conversation with a faculty member is required as part of the application process. A telephone conversation or video meeting (e.g. Zoom, Skype) may be used when travel is prohibitive.

Prerequisites

Applicants to the PhD in Nursing at UWM 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 coursework;
  • 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.

UWM College of Nursing Approved Graduate Statistics Courses:

University/CollegeCourseCourse Number
UW-Milwaukee Biostatistics (Online/On-Campus)NURS 720
UW-Stevens PointBasic Statistical Methods for Social Science (On-Campus)SOC 590
UW-Stevens PointBasic Statistical Methods in Education (Online)EDUC 705
Penn State World campusApplied StatisticsSTATS 500
UMass OnlineIntroduction to Probability and Applied StatisticsEEOS 601
University of PhoenixApplied Business Research and StatisticsQNT 561
University of PhoenixStatistics For The Behavior SciencesPSYC 625
UCLA ExtensionAdvanced Statistics and Quantitative MethodsSTATS 402.1

Program Advising

Jennifer Daood
  • Senior Advisor
Important Dates

Priority Application Deadline

February 1
(Fall start)

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