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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Program Details

The online Ph.D. in Nursing degree program from the University of Missouri-St Louis is designed to prepare graduates for the rigors of a research-oriented academic position. The program is a traditional research doctorate with both the broad discipline of nursing as well as in-depth study of a specific area. Graduates are prepared to advance the knowledge and science of nursing, act as stewards of the profession, and educate new nurse researchers.


  • Graduation from a nationally accredited master’s program with a 3.5 minimum GPA (4.0 scale) or equivalent for non-nurse applicants
  • Two letters of reference
  • Original essay on professional goals and research interests
  • Interview by invitation

Accreditation & Licensing

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

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


Due to higher education regulation changes, the University of Missouri–St. Louis is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs from students residing in several states: Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington. For more information regarding these regulations, contact UMSL on-line.