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School of Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

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The application deadline for the PhD in Nursing Program for 2014-2015 is June 1, 2014.


As a student in the PhD in Nursing program you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to identify and examine health problems that impact urban and underserved populations. Upon graduation, you will be able to assume the role of researcher, educator and scholar in a school of nursing, clinical agency, research center, or other setting. You will find yourself providing leadership for the profession and developing new knowledge that will influence nursing practice and improve health outcomes for all individuals.

If you are a registered nurse, you may enter the PhD program after completing a baccalaureate or a master's degree in nursing.

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Research Opportunities

You will study with nursing faculty whose research programs address a broad spectrum of clinical nursing questions and urban healthcare problems. Collectively, the faculty has expertise in a variety of research methods and a range of research interests, including health issues of women, children and families, depression, cardiovascular disease, substance abuse and perinatal injury.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to study with faculty from other Northeastern departments and research centers and with others in Boston's nursing community whose work addresses clinical problems with urban and underserved populations. Our close ties with the University's Institute on Urban Health Research and School of Social Science, Urban Affairs and Public Policy, as well as with the Center for Community Health Education, Research and Service and other organizations provide opportunities to work across disciplines and access populations and sites for your dissertation. Visit the Northeastern University Faculty Research site:

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Post-master's students will build on their prior degrees and clinical foundations by completing 49 semester hours, including the dissertation. Coursework includes research, urban health, and statistics. Post-baccalaureate students will complete 69 semester hours, including the dissertation. All students select a doctoral advisor to guide selection of electives and help with research design. On a full-time basis, students entering with a master's degree can expect to commit a minimum of three years to completing the program; if entering with a bachelor's degree, a minimum of four years. Both full- and part-time options are available to all students.

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Dr. Barbara Guthrie, Program Director
102B Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.6977
Fax: 617-373-8675

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