Nursing Ph.D. Program

Preparing for your Ph.D. in Nursing

At Marquette University, you'll learn from world-renowned nursing faculty and build the skills to develop and implement scientific research that advances nursing education and practice. You'll be prepared to lead in nursing research, academia, and health care. 

The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program in nursing will prepare you as a nurse-scientist who takes the role of teacher and scholar. Your studies will emphasize synthesizing research findings to guide nursing knowledge development; developing, testing, and refining theories as a basis for nursing science; and designing and conducting research. 

The curriculum includes coursework in nursing science, research and statistics, education, individualized cognates, and dissertation work. You will be matched with a faculty mentor suited to help you build your research focus and work with you to create a personalized plan of study that's manageable and flexible.

Program Highlights

  • Online courses with required in-person days on campus each semester
  • Full-time or part-time options with program plans to meet your lifestyle
  • Expert faculty specializing in community-engaged research, person-centered research, and nursing education research


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Lizzie Kerrick

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

(414) 288-4792

Carrie von Bohlen

Office Associate, Nursing Ph.D. program

(414) 288-3878

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Application Deadline

January 15 for Summer (Preferred Start Term)

Application Requirements

Apply and submit all application requirements

 Apply to Nursing Ph.D. Program

  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities.
  • Three letters of recommendation from former professors or Ph.D. prepared nurses
  • Resume or C/V
  • A personal statement
  • Sample of scholarly writing which may be a course paper or a publication with primary authorship.
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency
  • Teaching and research assistantships available for full-time students
  • Tuition scholarships available
  • NFLP funding available
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

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