PhD in Nursing


The PhD in Nursing Program prepares nurse researchers for careers in the conduct of clinical and translational research within multidisciplinary settings, and nursing faculty for careers in teaching and research. In addition, the program develops nurse leaders with expert knowledge of complex health problems, who will lead and improve nursing practice in the commonwealth and beyond. The PhD program is designed to provide intensive mentoring and research socialization of students throughout their course of study.

Plan of Study:
The GSN offers several pathways to the PhD. The purpose of the Bachelors to PhD option is to accelerate the research careers of nurse scientists. Graduates are expected to develop independent programs of research and will receive a PhD in Nursing degree. There is no master's degree offered through this program. Students interested in a clinically focused career are not candidates for this option. The Master's to PhD option is open to individuals with a master's degree in nursing or a related health field

  • The GEP to PhD admits students with a bachelor's degree in another field to become registered nurses then complete the PhD in Nursing for research careers as nurse scientists.
  • The Bachelor's to PhD  admits students who are registered nurses with a bachelor's degree. The purpose if this option is to accelerate the research careers of nurse scientists.
  • The Master's to PhD  admits students who are registered nurses with earned master's degrees; and is for non-nurses with a master's degree to receive a PhD in Nursing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Fact Sheet

Application Deadline - March 15th

 Student Dissertations 

 Writing Resources

Resources for Speakers & Presenters

The new state-of-the-art Albert Sherman Center provides lab, meeting and study space for our nursing students along with medical students as part of an interprofessional learning community at UMMS.

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