Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science
Indiana University Online

Program Details

The online PhD in Nursing Science from Indiana University Online prepares students to become nurse scientists who conduct cutting-edge research in nursing education, health systems, and clinical science to enhance the care of individuals and families across the lifespan. Graduates of the program are expected to:

  • ​Synthesize knowledge from nursing as well as biological and behavioral sciences to investigate health phenomena
  • ​Utilize analytical and empirical methods to extend nursing knowledge and scholarship
  • ​Conduct and communicate independent research that advances the body of scientific knowledge 
  • ​Defend the social significance of the extended knowledge base of nursing
  • ​Interpret nursing science within an inter-disciplinary context


  • Copy of official college transcripts
  • Research Advisor Letter
  • Three references
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of your current registered nurse licensure (RN) in state of US residence
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Complete the required statistics course

While the entire program is conducted online or via videoconferencing technology, there is an on-campus intensive session, usually held for a week or two at the start of each summer.

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission