Earn your Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Missouri–St. Louis

UMSL's Ph.D. program in nursing is a dynamic and prestigious academic endeavor designed to cultivate future nurse leaders and scholars in the field. With a strong emphasis on research and scholarship, the program aims to equip students with the expertise needed to make significant contributions to the discipline of nursing and healthcare science. The PhD program is designed for students seeking a traditional research doctorate with the desire to master both the broad discipline of nursing as well as the depth of a specific area of study.

Program type:

Doctorate, Ph.D.


(95% asynchronous, 5% synchronous)

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PhD Nursing

Our PhD program in nursing places a strong emphasis on innovative research, theoretical inquiry, and socially meaningful science that supports the discipline and practice nursing and leadership skills to drive significant transformations in healthcare practice, policy, and education. Our faculty researchers have expertise in health promotion, optimizing health outcomes for chronic illnesses, maternal and infant health, healthcare system design, trauma and mental health, and machine learning for treatment and health outcomes. Students will be guided by truly committed faculty members who are dedicated to student success and advancing knowledge in the healthcare field.

Program Options

  • Full-time and Part-time BSN to PhD
  • Full-time and Part-time MSN to PhD

GRE scores are not required

Outcomes and Career Outlook

The Ph.D. program aims to equip graduates with expertise in the healthcare discipline, advanced research skills, and effective leadership abilities. Students develop their own research programs focusing on patient-related outcomes and translate nursing research into practice and policy. Upon completion of the program, graduates can advance in their current career, pursue roles as researchers, faculty scholars, policy advocates, institutional administrators, consultants, or entrepreneurs. Our Ph.D. graduates have a diverse range of career opportunities and options.

The median annual salary for Nursing Careers is $93,000 according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.



Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2031