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PhD Program in Nursing

Stewarding the Discipline of Nursing


NursingCAS application process opens August 15, 2021 for admission cycle 2022.

Spring 2022 Admission:

BS to PhD:
   Completed Application Deadline: 10/01/21

Fall 2022 Admission:

GEP to PhD: 
   Priority Deadline: 12/01/21
   Completed Application Deadline: 12/15/21

MS to PhD and DNP to PhD:
   Priority Deadline: 2/1/22
   Completed Application Deadline: 3/15/22

DNP to PhD:
   Priority Deadline: 2/1/22
   Completed Application Deadline: 3/15/22

Join us for a Virtual Info Session Sept. 22nd at 6:00 pm: Register Here

The focus of the University of Massachusetts Worcester Graduate School of Nursing PhD program is on the development and transformation of scholars who will lead the discipline of nursing. Our goal is to help students to expand their horizons through seeking new phenomena, raising further questions for scientific inquiry, applying qualitative and quantitative research methods and fulfilling their professional responsibility to nursing and society.

Our program is influenced by the cognitive philosophy of Bernard Lonergan, a Canadian philosopher. We engage the emerging scholar in a transformative process of wonder and discovery, self-reflection, critical thinking and genuine dialogue with other students and faculty. We emphasize the need for scholarship that addresses the broader conditions that influence human health.

The PhD program meets the standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for research-focused doctoral programs. Graduates will have a strong foundation in nursing inquiry and be prepared to assume investigator, academic, and leadership roles.

First year PhD students created THIS VIDEO as a class assignment in which they are challenged to apply nursing theory to science supporting the link between nature and health. Its message of healing through nature is also particularly fitting during this stress-filled time in which many people are turning to nature for restoration. The photographs were taken by the students.

Program Benefits

  • Rich Academic Health Sciences Environment
  • Excellent Faculty Mentorship 
  • Supportive, Successful, Small Class Environment
  • All-day Tuesday On-Site Degree Program
  • Pre-Doctoral Traineeship and Teaching Associate opportunities 
  • Access to experts and resources through the UMass Center for Clinical and Translation Science 

Four Pathways to PhD in Nursing

Graduate Entry Pathway to PhD

  • Admits students with a bachelor's degree in another field to first become a registered nurse then complete the PhD in Nursing Program.

BS to PhD

  • Admits students who are registered nurses with a bachelor's degree to complete the PhD in Nursing Program.

Masters to PhD

  • Admits students who are registered nurses with a master's degree and non-nurses with a master's degree in a health-related field to complete the PhD in Nursing Program.

DNP to PhD

  • Admits students with a DNP degree to complete the PhD in Nursing Program.

Curriculum-at-a-Glance

For students enrolled prior to Fall 2022
DNP to PhD
MS to PhD
BS to PhD
GEP to PhD

For students enrolled as of Fall 2022
DNP to PhD
MS to PhD
GEP to PhD
Accelerated BS to PhD

Learn more about the GSN PhD Program:

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