Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Substantive research focus areas within the PhD Program:
Chronic Illness Care
Demonstrate competence in all phases of research/scientific methods
Develop in-depth knowledge in a substantive research area of science
Conduct research that is grounded in, and in turn informs, theory, practice, and policy
Be a steward of the discipline of nursing
Admitted students are matched to a current faculty member’s research, this faculty member will provide research mentorship throughout the program.
Students engage in scientific inquiry and increasing skills-building through ‘hands-on’ experience in grant writing and research dissemination
Curriculum that integrates scientific processes, analytics, and substantive research foci that is directed by the primary research mentors in partnership with designated mentorship teams.
Diverse student population
Opportunity to work with leading nurse scientists
PhD Support Package
UMSN offers funding packages for incoming PhD students, enabling them to study full-time. Upon entering the program, all students must be matched with active research faculty mentors at UMSN, who are conducting high-impact research in health promotion and chronic conditions among vulnerable populations, spanning efficacy to effectiveness. In addition to PhD classes, PhD students will work with their research faculty mentors at least 20 hours per week (including time with interdisciplinary teams), developing advanced research knowledge and skills.
Students selected for UMSN graduate fellowship funding packages will receive:
Full tuition and fees for two to four years
A monthly stipend
Health insurance (U-M GradCare)
Benefits of this program include:
Students’ ability to complete a PhD in nursing in three to four years, while being embedded in a research team.
UMSN’s ability to address the critical shortage of nurse scientists and faculty.
Generation of new knowledge and innovative interventions to provide new ways of caring for people in need.
Provision of more nurse educators to train more BSNs and other students.
The PhD program is specifically designed to focus on research in nursing. The curriculum is in an on-campus format, however a few of the courses may be offered in a web-blended format. Students admitted to the PhD program should plan to be on-campus for two or more days a week for class time. The PhD curriculum is designed for full-time enrollment with 3 years to completion (post-baccalaureate or post-masters).
Sample Study Plan
|Course number||Course title||Credits||Term offered|
|HS 851||Scientific Methods for Health Science: Applied Inference||4||Fall|
|N880||Philosophical Influences and Theory Building in Nursing||4||Fall|
|N804||Systematic Research Synthesis||2||Fall|
|HS 852||Scientific Models for Health Sciences: Linear Modeling||4||Winter|
|HS 853||Scientific Methods for Health Sciences: Special Topics||4||Fall|
|N803||Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship||1||Fall|
|N890||Substantitive Research Focus I||3||Fall|
|N891||Substantitive Research Focus II||3||Winter|
|Cognate||Elective course as selected by the student||4||Fall/Winter|
|Additional courses required for Post Baccalaureate students:|
|N595||Clinical Scholarship Praxis I||3||Fall|
|N696||Clinical Scholarship Praxis II||3||Winter|
Minimum credits required for all all pre-candidates: 37
Post-Baccalaureate students will take 6 credits of clinical scholarship, in addition to the required 37 credits pre-candidacy.
A minimum of 8 credit hours are required at the Dissertation/Candidacy level (course N995)