Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (MSN to PhD)
University at Buffalo

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 Master in nursing (MSN) degree
  • An active U.S. RN license or active foreign nursing license
  • MSN GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Official transcripts from all colleges ever attended
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two scholarly writing samples
  • Three references

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education