PhD in Nursing Science 

Further your education in the profession you love . . . .

The University of Delaware School of Nursing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science program prepares researchers and academic faculty for positions in college, university, and clinical settings.

Graduates are prepared to:

Advance the art and science of nursing and to assume leadership positions in the profession. Take responsibility for shaping and advancing healthcare with a goal of improving individual, family, and population health through the integration of theory, research, and evidence-based practice.

Application Deadline:  February 1st

  • Admission decisions anticipated by March 1st for entry of fall cohort of students
  • Acceptance of offer of admission must be made by April 30th for entry of fall cohort of students

Outstanding Features:

  • Competitive graduate assistantships
  • Area of study defined by applicant’s fit with research expertise of Nursing and interdisciplinary faculty
  • School of Nursing areas of research emphasis:
    • Aging / Healthy Aging
    • Symptom Science / Self Management
    • Community-Based Research / Health Disparities
  • Interdisciplinary resources at UD
  • Only PhD in Nursing Science program in the State of Delaware
  • Individualized attention in small cohort of students
  • Immersion in the research process through assistantships on funded studies
  • Full-time study allows completion in three to four years
  • Seven years allotted for part-time students to complete requirements
  • Students may enter with post-BSN or with master’s degree


General Course Information
Core Courses (13 credits)

  • NURS 810:  Philosophical & Theoretical Basis of Nursing Science
  • NURS 849:  Philosophy Theory & Curriculum in Nursing Education
  • NURS 843:  Policy & Finance for Health Care Delivery
  • NURS 839:  Nurse Scientist Seminar I
  • NURS 850:  Dissertation Proposal Seminar
  • NURS 870:  Writing for Dissemination

Research/Methods/Analysis Courses (16 credits)

  • Statistics from ED, PSYCH, SOC
  • NURS 812:  Responsible Conduct of Research (online)
  • NURS 814:  Advanced Quantitative Research in Nursing Science
  • NURS 816:  Advanced Qualitative Research in Nursing Science
  • Research Methodology Course (offered by other departments and relevant to student’s research focus)

Cognate Electives (12 – 24 credits) **
Dissertation (9 credits)

**Students entering post-BSN will take 24 credits; post-MSN students will take 12 credits.

Admission Requirements & Criteria
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 credits undergraduate and 3 credits graduate level statistics and will adhere to the University’s Office of Graduate & Professional Education procedures using the online admission process accessible at

  • BSN from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.0) and/or MS in Nursing or other health-related discipline from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.5)
  • Active Registered Nurse license
  • Written statement of goals and objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • An interview with PhD Program Director and/or Program faculty prior to admission

The School of Nursing PhD Program Committee makes an admission decision after reviewing the completed application.