The central purpose of the Ph.D. program in nursing is to prepare nurse-scientists as teacher/scholars with an emphasis on knowledge development related to vulnerable populations. Graduates of this program will advance nursing and health care through teaching, research and leadership.

The Ph.D. program includes course work in nursing science, research and statistics, teaching, cognates, and a dissertation. The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Several sources of financial assistance, including scholarships, are available.

Program Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Develop knowledge for the discipline of nursing that will impact the health of vulnerable people or populations as evidenced by their ability to:
    1. Design and conduct independent research that will impact the health of vulnerable people/populations.
    2. Develop, test and refine theories as a basis for nursing science.
    3. Analyze patterns of health among vulnerable populations.
    4. Synthesize research findings to provide leadership in health care.
  • Apply teaching/learning principles in nursing education at the individual, course and program level as evidenced by their ability to:
    1. Teach nurses and advanced practitioners to improve the health status of vulnerable people/populations.
    2. Synthesize research findings to provide leadership in nursing education.

Admission Requirements

Postbaccalaureate entry Ph.D. program admission requirements

Post-M.S.N. entry Ph.D. program admission requirements

Prerequisites:
RN licensure
Bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) 
GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
Statistics course, which included inferential analysis, within past five years
Acceptable GRE scores
Acceptable TOEFL scores (international applicants only)
Three letters of reference
Goal statement
Personal interview

Prerequisites:
RN licensure
Master’s degree in nursing 
GPA of 3.4 on 4.0 scale
Statistics course, which included inferential analysis, within past five years
Graduate-level research course         Acceptable GRE scores
Acceptable TOEFL scores (international applicants only)
Three letters of reference
Goal statement
Personal interview

Applicants may be denied admission to the Ph.D. program because of space constraints. An applicant must be licensed as a professional nurse. An RN with a bachelor’s degree in another field, a direct-entry student or a master’s student may apply to the Ph.D. program. Programs of study may vary in length and are tailored according to previous course work.

Ph.D. credit requirements depending on entering degree (includes sample full- and part-time curriculum plans) 

Marilyn Frenn, Ph.D., RN, CNS, ANEF, FTOS, FAAN
Professor and Director of Ph.D. Program
(414) 288-3845 
marilyn.frenn@marquette.edu

Tionne Reed
Program and Communication Coordinator
(414) 288-3869
tionne.reed@marquette.edu