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Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but some campus visits are required.

Successful completion requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. If you enter with a graduate degree from another accredited institution, you can transfer in a maximum of 30 credits. You must complete at least 42 credit hours at MU. The typical post-baccalaureate student takes 77 credit hours, typical post-master's takes 59 credit hours, and the typical post-clinical doctorate student takes 48 credit hours.

In collaboration with the doctoral program committee, you will determine your plan of study and total credit hours necessary to prepare to successfully complete your dissertation research.

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State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri-Columbia be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

  • Program authorized
  • Program authorized with stipulations
  • Program not authorized

Not authorized

Students residing in these states are not eligible to enroll in this program.

  • Arizona

Authorized with stipulations

Students residing in these states may be eligible to enroll in this program, but certain stipulations exist.

  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands

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This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing