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MSN to PhD Program Track

Shaping future generations of nurse scientists.

Our MSN to PhD track is designed for nurses with a Master's of Science degree in Nursing. Focused on health promotion, human response, and healing, students have the opportunity to study in the areas of biobehavioral research, vulnerable populations, and contemporary pedagogies. These areas of inquiry provide the structure for students to develop a plan of study to gain in-depth knowledge in a specific area of research.

Degree Requirements

A Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) from a nationally accredited institution is required for applicants.

Exam Requirements

An applicant must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within last five (5) years.

Required Application Documents

Required: a resume, all official transcripts, three (3) letters of reference & a personal statement (see personal statement guidelines).

Other Requirements

For Graduates of Foreign Universities: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) scores.

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8

Semesters

20

Courses

$30,203

✳ Total Tuition


  • 1

     Semester

    3 Courses (10 Hours)

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     Cost of Attendance

    $5,541

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  • 2

     Semester

    3 Courses (10 Hours)

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     Cost of Attendance

    $5,083

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  • 3

     Semester

    4 Courses (10 Hours)

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     Cost of Attendance

    $4,469

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  • 4

     Semester

    3 Courses (6 Hours)

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     Cost of Attendance

    $4,528

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  • 5

     Semester

    3 Courses (3 Hours)

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     Cost of Attendance

    $4,288

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  • 6

     Semester

    1 Course (0 Hours)

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     Cost of Attendance

    $1,578

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  • 7

     Semester

    2 Courses (3 Hours)

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     Cost of Attendance

    $4,328

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  • 8

     Semester

    1 Course (0 Hours)

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     Cost of Attendance

    $1,798

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    ✳ – Total tuition & fees. Does not include book fees. Total tuition may vary based on the number of semesters needed to complete the dissertation.

    MSN to PhD Program Curriculum & Tuition

    • Semester 1
      Course Number Course Name Hours
      GNRS 6341 History & Philosophy 3
      GNRS 6357 Nursing Science I 3
      GNRS 6400 Concepts & Theories in Nursing 4
      Semester 2
      Course Number Course Name Hours
      GNRS 6346 Quantitative Research Methods 3
      GNRS 6358 Nursing Science II 3
      GNRS 6402 Advanced Statistics 4
      Semester 3
      Course Number Course Name Hours
      GNRS 6347 Ethics in Health Care & Research 3
      GNRS 6350 Clinical Investigations in Nursing 3
      GNRS 6361 Quantitative Data Management 3
      MEHU 6101 Ethics of Science 1
      Semester 4
      Course Number Course Name Hours
      GNRS 6039 Research Practicum 3
      GNRS 6352 Survey of Instrumentation 3
      GNRS 6348 Qualitative Research Methods 3
      Semester 5
      Course Number Course Name Hours
      GNRS 6039 Research Practicum 3
      GNRS 6088 Independent Study 3
      GNRS 6351 Qualitative Data Management 3
      Semester 6
      Course Number Course Name Hours
      GNRS 6039 Research Practicum 3
      Semester 7
      Course Number Course Name Hours
      GNRS 6340 Doctoral Research Seminar 3
      GNRS 6099 Dissertation 3
      Semester 8
      Course Number Course Name Hours
      GNRS 6099 Dissertation 3
    • Total (Tuition & Course Fees) $30,203
      Semester 1
      Tuition and University Fees $4,344
      Course Fees $580
      Book Fees $617
      Semester 2
      Tuition and University Fees $4,123
      Course Fees $580
      Book Fees $380
      Semester 3
      Tuition and University Fees $3,734
      Course Fees $522
      Book Fees $213
      Semester 4
      Tuition and University Fees $3,806
      Course Fees $522
      Book Fees $200
      Semester 5
      Tuition and University Fees $3,734
      Course Fees $554
      Book Fees $0
      Semester 6
      Tuition and University Fees $1,404
      Course Fees $174
      Book Fees $0
      Semester 7
      Tuition and University Fees $3,806
      Course Fees $522
      Book Fees $0
      Semester 8
      Tuition and University Fees $1,624
      Course Fees $174
      Book Fees $0

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