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The MS-PhD is for nurses with a bachelor’s degree who are not seeking a clinical master’s degree and would like to go straight into their doctoral work. 

Students in the Penn Nursing Sim Lab, 2011 Students in the MS-PhD track will receive a MS in passing along the way to completing the PhD degree. Though you’ll have support of advisors, we expect you to come in with a clear sense of your educational and professional goals in order to advance apace with the program.  

Current Penn undergraduates interested in an MS-PhD should look into the Hillman Scholars program.


The PhD portion is fully-funded for the first three years for full-time students. It is typically completed in four years, though students may take up to seven. All of our full-time doctoral students are fully funded for the first three years, including financial assistance for tuition, all fees, student health insurance, and a living stipend.

Research support

At the time of admission, you’ll be paired with two standing faculty members for mentorship and guidance. All standing faculty members have appointments in at least one of Penn Nursing’s four research centers which can also provide support services to you in your work. 

How to apply

For details on our application process, see the Admissions section.