Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Our goal: to develop scholars of the discipline of nursing capable of building a program of research that advances nursing knowledge and contributes to the health of individuals, families, and communities.
The Penn Advantage
Home to some of the most forward-thinking scholars and researchers in the world, Penn offers the opportunity to work alongside faculty who are actively shaping the future of nursing science and healthcare. Our networks and longstanding clinical and community partnerships throughout greater Philadelphia and beyond provide uncommon access to research and practice resources.
Our full-time doctoral students are funded for the first four years, September - May (effective for PhD students admitted for Fall 2018 and later), which includes a living stipend and covers tuition, fees, and health insurance.
Our doctoral graduates go on to take coveted leadership roles in academia, healthcare, government, and related fields, and are integral to the growth of our profession.
Why Our PhD Program?
The program consists of seven core courses, two statistics sequence courses, and five concentration courses; each course is worth one course unit, or CU. Full-time students will take three to four courses each fall and spring semester. Most students complete their coursework within three to four years and then will be on dissertation status until the final dissertation defense. View our Curriculum page for more information.
Part-time students typically take two courses per semester and do not receive a stipend from the university.
In addition to a traditional PhD track, we also offer an MSN-PhD track, as well as an accelerated pathway - the Hillman Scholars program - that tracks high achieving undergraduates from BSN to PhD.
How to apply
For details on our application process, see the Admissions section.