Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (MSN to PhD)
University of Utah

Program Details

The online PhD in Nursing from the University of Utah prepares nurses for careers in healthcare research. The program allows for mentorship opportunities between students and faculty with common research interests.

This online nursing program is cohort-based, featuring synchronous online courses, along with on-campus and conference-based experiences. Students complete the coursework phase of the program first, followed by the dissertation phase. In the coursework phase, students can expect to study topics including:

  • Discovery and innovation in science
  • Philosophical, historical, and epistemological foundations of science inquiry
  • Analyzing and constructing conceptual and theoretical foundations of nursing science
  • Applied informatics for health sciences research
  • Research ethics and protection of human subjects

Learning Pace


Learning Schedule


% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

University of Utah is accredited by:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.5 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Essay/Writing Sample, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Requires attendance at a week-long on-campus immersion and a week-long research conference each year for the first three years of the program
  • Must have a master's degree with a major in nursing
  • Provide verification of licensure as an RN or APRN in at least one jurisdiction of the National Council State Boards of Nursing