You will apply to both our MSN and PhD programs at the same time, and if accepted into both, have a place held for you in the PhD program while you complete the MSN. Most of our students successfully defend their dissertation after their fourth year with us, though MSN-PhD students have up to eight years to complete their work.
All doctoral students, international or domestic, are fully funded for their first three years of doctoral coursework, including financial coverage for tuition, all fees, student health insurance, and a living stipend. Please note that for international students, this support does not cover any mandated English language training that is required before you are able to begin the program.
For MSN-PhD students, funding for your PhD won’t start until you finish your master’s degree.
Upon 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. Please note that MSN-PhD applications are due by October 1; this allows a decision to be made on the MSN application prior to the PhD deadline.