Program Overview

The online PhD in Nursing degree program from Hampton University focuses on family and family-related research. Core requirements are the same for all students regardless of their research interests, but students are able to pursue their individual interests by taking elective and cognate courses. The student's competence and scientific knowledge is tested through three doctoral examinations:

  • ​A qualifying examination
  • ​A comprehensive examination
  • ​An oral defense of the dissertation

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    • A Master of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited program 
    • A graduate record grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
    • A personal statement
    • A current curriculum vita that includes sections on education, research and scholarly activity, and service 
    • A current valid license to practice professional Nursing in any state at the time of admission
    • Three letters of recommendation

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, Hampton University is a private, nonprofit institution that started with the purchase of a small farm known as “Little Scotland.” As a historically black university, this institution’s roots reach deep into the history of this nation and the African-American experience.

    Hampton University provides a broad range of technical, liberal arts, and graduate degree programs. This university offers bachelor's degrees, master’s programs, doctoral programs, and specialist in education degrees. Classroom locations are dispersed throughout the city in order to make the educational resources of its academic and research units easy to access to working professionals throughout Hampton. Hampton U Online is the web-based virtual campus of this institution. Offering students the freedom to study online any time to earn a certificate, undergraduate, or graduate degree, Hampton University offers a wide range of programs to its learners.


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