About the Program

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing requires 60 credits beyond the master's degree or 81 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. For full-time students the program normally requires two years of coursework, including courses in population health, health policy and economics, research methods, and statistics. Students enroll in courses offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, collaborating departments at UMass Boston, and other UMass campuses with approval from the Program Director. After completing core courses, students have a 6-credit internship, followed by a comprehensive qualifying exam. Successful performance in the comprehensive exam is a prerequisite for entrance into candidacy for the PhD degree. Normally, in the third year, students complete electives and research courses related to the completion of their doctoral dissertation. Full-time students may complete the program in four years. Part-time students are required to register for 6 credits per semester and normally complete the program in 5 or 6 years.

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Course Descriptions

To view a short description of the courses offered in the PhD program, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

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