Nursing: Online doctorate
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
- Program type: Doctorate
- Academic home: Sinclair School of Nursing
- Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
- Delivery mode: Blended, some campus visits required
- Credit hours: Approximately 77 for BS–PhD; 56 for MS–PhD; 48 for post-clinical doctorate
- Estimated program cost: $34,952.61 BS-PhD student; $25,420.08 MS-PhD student; $21,788.64 post-clinical doctorate student*
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
Get the degree you deserve
The MU doctor of philosophy in nursing (PhD) program prepares clinical scholars, educators, and researchers for leadership roles in a variety of academic, industry, and health care settings. If you want to share your research and clinical specialties with the academic community, service sector and public policy arena, this may be the degree for you.
Program structure and topics
Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online. A campus visit is required for a minimum of one week during the first summer of your enrollment. You also will spend four days on campus each April. You also must attend one professional meeting annually with your research mentor. Learn more about required on-campus dates.
Courses are semester-based. How long it takes to complete the program depends on your academic preparation and your enrollment status. If you are a part-time student with an MS degree, for example, the course work will take you three years to complete, followed by your comprehensive examination, plus the additional time required to complete the dissertation research.
If you are a part-time student entering with a BS degree, course work will take you four years to complete, followed by your comprehensive examination, plus the additional time required to complete the dissertation research. Full-time students can complete in a shorter time frame.
Research focus areas
The research focus areas are based upon Sinclair School of Nursing PhD faculty research interests and expertise. Each PhD student selects one area upon which to focus. These include:
- Innovations to improve health and health systems;
- Wellness in vulnerable and underserved populations;
- Symptom and behavior science.
Mizzou Online Military Tuition Award
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This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing.