Nursing, Ph.D.


The 57 credit PhD in Nursing program is designed to develop nurse scientists and leaders who will create new knowledge through courses in philosophy/theory, research methods, and directed research study with the goal of reducing health disparities. Our inclusive, student-focused environment provides directed mentoring experiences with established researchers who focus on health promotion and health disparities in access to care, treatment, and outcomes for select populations, as well as health systems research. Electives are required for depth and breadth of study, as well as interdisciplinary perspectives with populations of interest.

Program Distinctions

  • Graduates of the program include recognized nurse scientists, deans, health system and policy experts, faculty members at leading universities, and national leaders, such as Dr. Ernest Grant, president of the American Nurses Association.
  • The program can be completed with three years of full-time study; part-time options are available.
  • Consistently recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center for Excellence in Nursing Education since 2005. 
  • The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Student Experience

  • Students will have access to experienced research faculty who are dedicated to student success.
  • Individualized mentoring by supportive faculty is available.
  • Opportunities are available for research and teaching assistantships.
  • There is a designated PhD student study space/lounge in the new Nursing and Instructional Building.
  • Options are available to pursue courses to prepare for nurse education roles, including the post-graduate certificate in nursing education.
  • There is a diverse student body, including international students.
  • There are numerous nursing and graduate student organizations on campus, including Sigma Theta Tau International (Gamma Zeta Chapter), the Graduate Student Association, as well as an international student organization.    

After Graduation

  • Successful candidates assume research and leadership roles in promoting optimal health for ethnic minorities, women, children, and older adults.
  • Practice in the following roles:
    • Nurse Scientist
    • Health System Leader
    • Faculty Member/Academic Administrator
    • Regulatory and Policy Position
    • Clinical Scholar
    • President/Director/Leader of National Organizations


  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states or validated credentials by CGFNS for international applicants. Residents of North Carolina must hold unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a registered nurse.
  • Master’s degree in nursing from a school accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
    • Plans of study are available for students with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a 300-word statement of research goals in the doctoral program related to promotion of optimal health for ethnic minorities, women, children, or older adults.
  • Selected applicants must participate in an interview with graduate Nursing faculty to help you determine if our PhD program is right for you.
  • Application deadline is April 1.

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Program Details

Degree Type: Doctoral

College/School: School of Nursing

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: Online

Contact Us

Dr. Susan Letvak
UNCG School of Nursing