(PhD) Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree at The University of Southern Mississippi prepares scholars with a leadership focus to contribute to the science, practice, and profession of nursing through systematic research inquiry and theory development. Our program is designed to prepare scholars for research, academic careers, and leadership positions in universities or health related organizations. We embrace a student-centered learning approach with flexible learning strategies and the use of technology to facilitate meaningful scholarly interactions. Students work closely with faculty mentors who guide and oversee their educational program from admission through completion of degree requirements.

The PhD program offers two tracks: Post-Masters and BSN to PhD. The Post-Masters track requires 48 hours credits during a minimum of 24-30 months of full-time study. The BSN to PhD track requires 60 hours credit during a minimum of 36-42 months of full-time study. Both full-time and part-time study is available.

Sample Plan of Study:

Application Deadline for both PhD programs is
March 1 for Fall Admission

Admission Requirements:

  • Graduated from a baccalaureate or masters program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate nursing courses.
  • Submission of scores on the verbal and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Admission to the Graduate School at USM.
  • Submission of three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study.
  • Proof of current unrestricted Mississippi RN license.
  • Proof of Current CPR certification, Criminal Background Check and/or affidavit, hepatitis immunization, TB skin test, TDAP vaccine.
  • A portfolio of professional and scholarly work
  • Interview (face - to - face or telephone)

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