Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Program Details

Master’s-prepared nurses can study to become nurse scientists with the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing online degree. Graduates will have skills and experience in performing original research using a variety of methodologies.

PhD in Nursing students learn how to help advance the discipline of nursing through research related to improving health outcomes for patients, families, and communities. Students in this program from the University of Missouri at Kansas City have access to nationally recognized and funded nurse scientists who are available to guide students through a mentor-match model. Prior to graduation, students will present at a professional conference, author a publication published in a peer-reviewed journal, complete a comprehensive examination, and propose and complete dissertation research.

Research areas of focus incorporate a range of nursing knowledge, including:

  • Clinical/Biological
  • Health Systems and Outcomes
  • Nursing Education

% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.2 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • Requires two on-campus research classes up to four days each in summer
  • Must have a master's degree in nursing from an institution nationally recognized by CCNE or ACEN and current RN licensure
  • GRE recommended but not required

Restricted States

New York, Tennessee, Washington, Wyoming