• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    72
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $466.70
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $1145.60

The PhD in Nursing program is designed for students seeking a traditional research doctorate with the desire to master both the broad discipline of nursing as well as the depth of a specific area of study. The PhD graduate is dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge and science of nursing, the stewardship of the profession and educating new nurse researchers.


Degree Requirements

While each program of study is individualized, BSN to PhD students complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of graduate-level course work and an additional 12 credit hours of dissertation. MSN to PhD students complete a minimum of 47 post-MSN credit hours and an additional 12 credit hours of dissertation. The overall PhD in nursing program design includes nursing science and theory, research methods and statistics, cognates or support courses and dissertation.

Nursing Science, Theory, and Discipline of Nursing: 26 or more nursing credits including:
    Nursing science
    Advanced nursing theory development and validation
    Discipline of nursing
Nursing Research Methods: 12 or more nursing credits including:
    Quantitative Methods in nursing
    Qualitative Methods in nursing
    Biostatistics
Cognates: All PhD students (BSN-PhD and MSN-PhD) are required to take a minimum of 9 credit hours of cognates. BSN-PhD students must also take 6 credit hours of electives. The advisor must approve the cognate to ensure it meets the College of Nursing guidelines.

Dissertation: Minimum is 12 credits.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Graduation from a nationally accredited baccalaureate program with 3.2 minimum GPA (4.0 scale). (BSN to PhD track) OR from a nationally accredited master’s program with a 3.5 minimum GPA (4.0 scale) or equivalent for non-nurse applicants. (MSN to PhD track)
  2. Two letters of reference
  3. Original essay on professional goals and research interests
  4. Interview by invitation
  5. International applicants must meet minimum requirements on tests of written and spoken English (TOEFL, Minimum 550 or better is desired). International students must also apply through the International Student Services Office.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $466.70
  • Fees: $311.00
  • Total: $777.70
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1400.10
  • Fees: $933.00
  • Total: $2333.10
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1145.60
  • Fees: $311.00
  • Total: $1456.60
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3436.80
  • Fees: $933.00
  • Total: $4369.80
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $700.05
  • Fees: $311.00
  • Total: $1011.05
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2100.15
  • Fees: $933.00
  • Total: $3033.15
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $466.70
  • Fees: $311.00
  • Total: $777.70
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1400.10
  • Fees: $933.00
  • Total: $2333.10
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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