Program Description

The UF PhD of Nursing Sciences program prepares scientists, scholars and leaders in nursing. Comprehensive research preparation is achieved by pairing students with faculty researchers. Students have access to an array of UF faculty members for interdisciplinary study and research. Applicants, whose prior study, work experience and proposed research focus, are congruent with the research focal areas of the College of Nursing will be given priority. This degree program is not for students seeking certification in advanced practice nursing.

Faculty Researchers

Our faculty researchers are leading the way in nursing science. Learn more about our faculty researchers from whom you can learn and be mentored.

More information from UF’s Graduate School on UF Nursing PhD Admissions, Program Demographics, Student Funding, Completion and Time-to-Degree Data, Job Placement and Average Student Debt.

Curriculum Design

A core curriculum of 33 credits that includes:

  • Knowledge Development
  • Nursing Theory
  • Ethics
  • Advanced Research with quantitative or qualitative tracks
  • Interdisciplinary study (12-credits) in a discipline other than nursing.
  • Dissertation research (15 credits) comprises the remaining 62 credits.
  • The core curriculum and supporting courses may be completed in four sequential semesters of full-time enrollment. The doctoral curriculum is three years in length for full-time students.
  • Individually directed dissertation research is a major aspect of the PhD program.

Sample MSN to PhD Curriculum Plan