MS to PhD

You can enter the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) as a post-Master of Science (MS) in Nursing student. The PhD is for academically talented nurses prepared at the master’s level who are passionate about research and committed to becoming a nurse researcher. The curriculum is designed as a full-time, three-year, 64-credit PhD program. PhD students who have not taken a graduate statistics course will be required to do so during the first fall semester of the program. Coursework in nursing and other sciences is emphasized during the earlier portion of an individualized program of study. As you continue through the program, time is increasingly devoted to research conducted under the supervision of a faculty researcher.

The MS-PhD program of study includes the Nursing major and a minor. The Nursing major includes coursework in the following areas: Substantive Area of Research, Scientist/Academic Role, Philosophy and Theory, Research Methods and Dissertation.

The minor requirement can be met in one of two ways, both of which must receive prior approval from the Dissertation Committee and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

  1. Nursing Minor: Students may select an area of study within the nursing curriculum, such as Informatics, Rural Health, Border Health, Biological Injury, Reducing Risks and Promoting Health in Vulnerable Populations, or Managing Consequences of Aging or Chronic Illness.
  2. Outside Minor: A student may choose another area or discipline for a minor. Other areas may include Anthropology, Psychology, Management & Policy or Sociology. Note: This coursework may not be available via online technology. In addition, departments or colleges may require more than 9 credits to qualify as an official minor. While outside minors are possible, students will need to make special arrangements with the minor department, as well as their academic advisors. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an inside minor.

Time Limitation: Students must successfully defend their dissertation within five years of completion of written and oral examinations.

New Program Application System

For more information and instructions on the PhD application, click here.

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