UMSL PhD Nursing Program

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. The PhD graduate is dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge and science of nursing, the stewardship of the profession and educating new nurse researchers. 


The PhD curriculum includes core coursework that is offered fully online (synchronous and asynchronous) in nursing science, theory, research, statistics and cognates that may be taken throughout the University of Missouri system. Some courses also have a face-to-face option for international students and other students with special needs.  The PhD culminates in the student’s design, implementation and completion of dissertation research under supervision of the graduate faculty. Dissertations demonstrate scientific competencies and a contribution to the discipline and practice of nursing.

Chyrstal"I chose UMSL to complete my PhD because of the small, friendly work environment and the way the program is designed I could work full time and go to school."

-Chrystal Lewis, PhD

For more information, contact the College of Nursing Office of Student Services.

Getting Started Plans of Study
Admission Criteria
How to Apply
BSN to PhD Sample Plan of Study
MSN to PhD Sample Plan of Study
Program Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
Funding Your Education
Scholarships and Loans
Hardware Requirements
Research Expertise