PhD and DNP
Recognized worldwide for excellence in research, Penn Nursing PhD programs prepare nurse scientists for leadership roles in research-intensive environments.
Full-time PhD candidates generally complete their work and successfully defend their thesis af ter four years with us, and are given full financial assistance—including tuition, fees, insurance, and stipend—for their first three years in the program. Though you have the option to study part-time, we do not offer funding to part-time doctoral students.
Application deadlines for our doctoral programs are November 1 or December 1, depending on program.
If you have your MSN or an MS in a related field, you may apply directly into our PhD program.
The MS-PhD track is for applicants who possess a bachelor’s degree and don’t want a clinical master’s degree. Commonly known as a master’s-in-passing, this option allows you to take general master’s level classes as you prepare to begin the doctoral program.
Apply for this program if you’ve completed your undergraduate degree and are seeking both a Masters of Science in Nursing and a PhD.
Our Doctor of Nursing Practice for Nurse Anesthetists (DNP-NA) is the first of its kind to be offered by an Ivy League university and replaces our 24-month nurse anesthesia master’s degree program.
BSN-PhD (Hillman Scholars)
Our Hillman Scholars for Innovation program is for highly motivated undergraduates and covers the entire educational trajectory from a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing straight through to a doctorate.