The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program prepares nurse-scientists as teacher/scholar with an emphasis on nursing knowledge development in a substantive research area of science aimed to improve health and health care.

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 and disseminate knowledge for the discipline of nursing that will impact health, healthcare and/or healthcare education.

Synthesize research findings to guide nursing knowledge development.

Design and conduct research.

Develop, test and refine theories as a basis for nursing science.

Analyze patterns of health equity and disparity.

Effectively communicate nursing knowledge verbally, in writing, and through emerging technologies.

Advance innovation in principles and methods of nursing education.

Apply teaching/learning principles in nursing education at the individual, course, and program level.

Synthesize research findings to advance innovation and provide leadership in nursing education.

Evaluate own progress regarding effective teaching/learning practices at the individual, course, and program level. 

See what our Ph.D. alumni are doing today at Alumni Corner. 

 

Research Foci

The College of Nursing research faculty have expertise within the following substantive areas:

 

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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) 

Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Associate Professor and Director, PhD Program
414-288-3817 (office)
kristina.dreifuerst@marquette.edu

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

 

Jay Gottschalk 2019

Jay Gottschalk, Ph.D. student, says, "Being able to provide answers to those unanswered questions about how to improve the quality of life for patients, nurses providing care at the bedside, nurse leaders, and nurse faculty is what drove me to pursue my PhD at the Marquette University College of Nursing. The knowledge and tools provided to me by faculty since I started my doctoral studies, as well as the continued dedication to my success displayed by those same faculty, make me confident I made the right choice in coming to Marquette.”

 

Julie Lavoie 2019

Julie Lavoie, Ph.D. student, says, "The didactic portion of the Nursing PhD program at MU prepares students to tackle research projects grounded in science and immersed in evidence-based practice. This program allows students to take their passion for patient care and elevate individual patient interactions towards a larger scope, affecting not only individual patients, but populations as a whole."