University of North Dakota

Online & Distance Education

PhD in Nursing



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing

Format: Online

Program Description:

The online Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program prepares you for a career as an independent researcher and faculty member, with a research emphasis on the nursing care of vulnerable and diverse populations. You may enter the program with either a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Nursing. In addition, if you have your Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, but have a master's degree in another field, you may be eligible for advanced placement in the program. Throughout the full- or part-time doctoral program, you will: -Discover, understand, and critically evaluate the literature in nursing and related fields. -Apply appropriate principles and procedures to the recognition, evaluation, interpretation, and understanding of issues and problems at the forefront of nursing knowledge. As a graduate of the program, you will be able to: -Synthesize and critically evaluate the literature of nursing and related fields to identify issues and critical gaps in scientific nursing knowledge. -Make significant original contributions to scientific nursing knowledge through the interdisciplinary and independent conduct of basic and clinical research. -Contribute to the development of scientific methodology for nursing research congruent with the broad concerns of the discipline (physiological, biobehavioral, spiritual, and psychosocial). -Complete research and direct application of findings in an environment characterized by commitment to high standards of ethical conduct, including, truth, honesty, freedom of inquiry and intellectual autonomy. -Display readiness for post-doctoral study and early research program development through recognition of high achievement in research and scholarship. -Develop and assume roles that facilitate discovery, application, and integration of new nursing knowledge. Designed for working professionals, who are unable to complete a full-time, on-campus program. You will participate in "live" Web classes, which are held at set times that are convenient for most students. You will be required to attend 1 to 2 yearly intensive experiences (3 to 5 days) held on the UND campus in Grand Forks, ND, or at a regional nursing research conference. Pay in-state tuition rates for online courses regardless of where you live. Compared to paying the out-of-state tuition rate, this can translate into big savings for you!


The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) prior to admission. If you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada, you are not required to fulfill the English test requirement.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 90

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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