The PhD program at the Sinclair School of Nursing requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree; a minimum of 42 credit hours must be completed at the University of Missouri. Ultimately, the doctoral program committee, in collaboration with the student, determines the student’s plan of study and total credit hours necessary to adequately prepare the student to successfully complete their dissertation research.
Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 2.48.06 PMFigure 1 provides an overview of curricular components.  

The PhD program at the MU SSON can be completed in three to five years of full time study, depending on whether the student entered as a post-baccalaureate or a post-graduate degree student. International Residential PhD students are required to be enrolled in full-time study.  Part-time study also is available for students in the Online option.   

Sample PhD Plans of Study

PhD Course Teaching Rotations

Overview of PhD Curriculum

Foundational Core:

  • Leadership & Technology Institute – 1 cr
  • Philosophical, Theoretical & Scientific Basis – 6-9 cr
  • Research Design, Methods & Statistics – 18-27 cr
  • Responsible Conduct of Research – 1 cr
  • April On-campus Intensive Residencies

Substantive Science Core:

One or more 3 credit hour courses required from these areas:

  • Innovation Science
  • Managing Symptoms and Promoting Health Behaviors
  • Prevention & Treatment of Trauma Across Lifespan
  • Special Topics Research Seminars

Individualized Specialty Area:

  • Interdisciplinary Collateral Courses – 6-12 cr
  • Faculty Mentored Research Practica – 6-9 cr
  • Dissertation Research – 12 cr
    • Educator Option – 10 cr
    • Leadership/Health System Innovation Option – 9-12 cr

Additional Value-added Learning Opportunities

An exciting new option for our online PhD students is the ability to obtain a Graduate Certificate in their collateral area. A number of Graduate Certificate programs are offered in an online format by other MU departments which allow students to complete a focused collateral area of interest. In addition to completing the collateral requirement, the students will obtain a transcripted Graduate Certificate documenting their expertise within a specific area. Online Graduate Certificates are available in the following areas: