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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, PhD

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Program code: NRSG-PHD

The PhD in Nursing is designed to develop nurse-scholars who are experts in nursing pedagogy and are prepared to conduct advanced research. Graduates will synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines as they assume leadership roles in diverse educational environments.

The 60-credit program, designed for nurses interested in pursuing a career in academia with a research focus on nursing education, provides students with nursing core courses, research courses, and supportive courses. Upon completion of the PhD in Nursing program, the graduate is prepared to:

  • Assume leadership in diverse educational environments.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to facilitate learning and foster development of students and educators.
  • Conduct advanced nursing research that contributes to the generation of knowledge within nursing education.
  • Model the role of nurse-scholars and effective nurse-educator.

Admission Criteria

Students seeking admission to the PhD program in Nursing must satisfy the minimum School of Graduate Studies and Research requirements and have a master’s degree in nursing or a related field. International students are required to comply with the admission criteria as outlined in the graduate catalog.

All applicants must also submit the following for review by the doctoral program committee:

  • Official Higher Education Transcripts
  • Nursing License
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing Sample
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Interview

Refer to the nursing doctoral student application packet for additional information about the admission process. Additional information about the program can be found at

Program Requirements

The PhD program in Nursing requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate credits. Each student must also satisfactorily complete the candidacy examination and the dissertation.

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