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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (MSN to PhD)

Program Details

The online MSN to PhD degree program from the University at Buffalo prepares students to become global and national leaders, scientists, and scholars who make significant contributions in theory generation and knowledge development. Coursework explores topics such as:

  • Health Care Policy 
  • ​Philosophy of Science
  • Theory Construction and Development
  • ​Grantsmanship


  • The equivalent of a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree
  • An active U.S. RN license or active foreign nursing license
  • MSN GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Online application and $75 fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges ever attended
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two scholarly writing samples
  • Three references

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)