Nursing PhD

PhD in Nursing

Program Information

Program/Department Chair: Judith Baggs

Program length: Minimum 3 years, post-masters maximum 7 years

Admit by cohort: Yes

Authorized Award(s): PhD (CIP Code: 51.1601)

Minimum number graded credit hours: 90 units

Minimum acceptable GPA: 3.0 GPA  


Program Purpose Statement

The PhD program educates students to become scientists, capable of independent thought and research who contribute to the advancement of nursing science and provide leadership in practice, education, and research.


Student Learning Outcomes Statements   

At the end of the PhD program the graduate will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate and synthesize a defined body of relevant knowledge.
  2. Identify significant, innovative research questions pertinent to human health.
  3. Analyze theoretical perspectives and philosophic traditions in research design, identifying and evaluating the underlying assumptions
  4. Demonstrate methodological and analytical competence.
  5. Identify appropriate research design, drawing on a deep understanding of methods from at least one research tradition
  6. Understand and comply with current policies on rights of research participants, copyright, ethics, data ownership, and use of animals, hazardous materials, and rDNA.
  7. Provide culturally appropriate safeguards for protection of research participants.
  8. Collect and store data in accordance with good practices.
  9. Design and conduct independent, innovative research project that has the potential of both advancing nursing science and establishing a foundation for a program of research
  10. Accurately and professionally communicate knowledge to others both verbally and in writing.
  11. Produce written documents appropriate for publication.