Nursing Ph.D. Program

Preparing for your Ph.D. in Nursing

The doctor of philosophy program in nursing prepares teacher-scholars. The curriculum focuses on vulnerable populations, which include people at high risk for adverse health outcomes. People who are vulnerable may include such groups as the unborn, chronically ill, frail elders, impoverished children and the marginalized. The graduate of this doctoral program will have the ability to advance health care through teaching, research and health care leadership. Doctoral education in nursing is built on the foundation of master’s level nursing. It is characterized by the acquisition of research skills necessary for the discovery and use of new nursing knowledge and for preparation for teaching roles.

Visit the College of Nursing webpage for more detailed program information.


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Lizzie Kerrick

Graduate Program Recruiter

(414) 288-4792

Taylor Rose Pamperin

Graduate Program Adviser

(414) 288-5632

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Application Deadline

November 15 for Spring

December 15 for Summer

February 15 for Fall

Application Requirements

Apply and submit all application requirements

 Apply to Nursing Ph.D. Program

  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A curriculum vitae and objectives/career intentions, including research interests.
  • Sample of scholarly writing.
  • GRE scores (General Test only). Use DI Code 1448 for submitting GRE scores.
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency
  • All applicants must be registered in the United States as a professional nurse. Graduates of nursing schools in foreign countries must successfully complete the certification program administered by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and must be licensed in Wisconsin.
  • Upon acceptance to the graduate program, students must complete and submit the Graduate Student Health Status Report form. Information on CPR requirements, physical examination and immunization status, including results of a TB skin test and proof of Wisconsin RN licensure (or Indiana RN licensure for students in the adult-geriatric acute care nurse practitioner – Indianapolis MSN) and a criminal background check must be submitted to a program on the website Results of a TB skin test must be provided annually, an influenza vaccine is required annually, and a drug screen must be completed three months prior to beginning clinical practicum courses. Students are responsible for the cost of these services. The information is required for progression within the program.

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships), please visit the departmental financial aid web page.  U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.