University of San Diego

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


Office of Graduate Admissions, 5998 Alcala Park

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Format: Campus

Program Description:

To achieve expertise as beginning level nurse scientists, students are educated and socialized for their roles both didactically through course work, seminars and tutorials and experientially through research assistantships, collaboration with faculty mentors and independent research. Students receive a strong foundation in scientific inquiry with a focus on a clinically relevant area for scholarship and research.

Students are encouraged to prepare three publishable articles related to their dissertation focus, research process and findings, or a substantive grant application and two publishable articles in lieu of the traditional dissertation format.

BSN to PhD Program

Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing may apply for admission to the accelerated BSN to PhD Program in Nursing with an area of emphasis in Executive Nurse Leadership (69 units).

Post-MSN PhD

The Post-Master’s PhD program offers a concentration in clinical nursing research, executive leadership or knowledge transmission of the discipline of nursing. Six units per semester is considered full time enrollment, with additional offerings in the intersession and summer session. The PhD degree may be completed in 3-4 years.

DNP to PhD

The program is designed for nurses who have completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and wish to obtain the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree. Individually designed programs will be developed for students. Up to 11 units of course work completed within the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree may be applicable to the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree.


The University of San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is approved for veterans. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits programs within the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 48-69 units

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1375 per unit USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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