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Nursing PhD

The PhD program in nursing is designed to prepare graduates for research and active scholarship in nursing that will extend the knowledge base of nursing and improve the delivery of health care for rural and vulnerable populations. Graduates will be prepared to conduct research and develop theory related to these populations. Graduates of the program will also be able to design future practice models, direct the development of policy initiatives and effect meaningful change within healthcare delivery systems.

Recent doctoral graduate placements include: President of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York, Assistant Professor of Nursing at University of New Hampshire, Assistant Professor at Upstate Medical University College of Nursing and Director of Undergraduate RN Program,. Assistant Professor at Keuka College, Assistant Vice President of Nursing at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Nursing

Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
PhD August 1 January 6

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse
  • Successful completion of a statistics course (within the past five years)
  • Computer literacy skills
  • All applicants are required to have taken and passed the NCLEX examination prior to the start of clinical courses

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) that specifically addresses the applicant's research interests and professional goals with a mention of possible (current) Decker School of Nursing faculty member(s) whose current research may best coincide with the applicant's background and interests
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages) — should specifically detail a progressive record of continued development in nursing practice and scholarship in addition to employment and education history
  • Official GRE scores — scores within the 75th percentile or higher desirable for admission into the Nursing PhD program
  • Writing sample consisting of two scholarly papers that demonstrate the student's ability to analyze and/or synthesize nursing phenomena
  • Nursing licensure
  • Personal interview (please contact the department for details)

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Jennie Orton, Senior Academic Adviser for Graduate Nursing Programs

Decker School of Nursing website

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Last Updated: 6/18/15