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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Science (PhD)

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Requirements for the Degree

The PhD in Nursing Science program requires 41 credit hours of coursework plus nine credit hours of dissertation. Students entering with a baccalaureate degree are required to have 53 credits of coursework plus nine credit hours of dissertaion. Students are required to work with their advisor to develop a plan of study. The plan must first be approved by the academic advisor and then the PhD in Nursing Science Program Committee by the end of the first semester of study in the program. In addition to coursework, degree completion requires successful completion of one written and oral comprehensive examination, successful defense of the dissertation proposal, and successful defense of the dissertation. Please refer to the program policy statement for more specific details regarding these processes and selection of examination and dissertation committees. Students are expected to complete the program in five years.


Coursework will be specified in the student’s plan of study and must include the following:

Research Methodology Course (3)

Course offered by other departments, relevant to student’s research focus, determined with academic advisor and with approval of course faculty

Cognates (12-24 credits):

Students without a master degree will take an additional 12 credits of cognates.


Electives taken to build substantive knowledge in area of dissertation topic. (12)

Electives are intended to enhance and broaden the student’s scholarly involvement, build and inter-professional team of advisors, and build toward successful completion of the dissertation. Determined with academic advisor and with approval of course faculty

Research and Readings

Research and readings in preparation of dissertation topic and/or comprehensive examination for doctoral students before admission to candidacy but after completion of all required course work

Last Revised 2016-2017 Academic Year

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