Program Overview

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

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    • 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

    School Overview

    The University at Buffalo SUNY, also known as the University of Buffalo, is a public research institution that has campuses in Buffalo and Amherst, New York. UB was founded as a private college in 1846, and became a part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system in 1962. It was founded as a private medical school intended to train doctors to serve the areas of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and their surrounding communities. In 1964, land was purchased to develop a second campus in Amherst, and this campus became a comprehensive campus for UB’s non-medical disciplines. UB’s undergraduate college, graduate schools and law school are located on the Amherst campus. UB is the largest comprehensive public university in the northeastern area of the United States, the largest university in the SUNY system.

    The University at Buffalo offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees through the following academic units:

    • The College of Arts and Sciences
    • The School of Architecture and Planning
    • The School of Dental Medicine
    • The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • The Graduate School of Education
    • The Law School
    • The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • The School of Management
    • The School of Nursing
    • The School of Public Health and Health Professions
    • The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • The Roswell Park Cancer Institute
    • The School of Social Work



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