Online PhD Program

The Online PhD Program option is designed to deliver the same quality educational experience as MU’s on-campus programs, and includes opportunities for close interaction with mentors and peers both remotely and in required campus visits. Our Online PhD option has students from 19 states and 4 foreign countries. MU is a leader in the number of online program offerings; ranking first in the Big 10, second in the Big 12 and SEC, and third among Association of American Universities (AAU) public institutions in the number of distance degree and certificate programs. 

  • PhD coursework is accessed online over the Web using the Canvas learning management system
  • Some online courses are completely asynchronous; some are completely synchronous; and some are a mixture of both.
  • Synchronous chats will be on Tuesday evening, Wednesday during the day or Wednesday evening. The one exception is N7010, our first statistics course, which is offered the first summer of your enrollment where the chats are on Tuesday and Thursday evening.
  • A 5-day June On Campus Orientation Intensive is required the first summer of enrollment.
  • 4-Day April On Campus Intensives are required every spring until coursework is completed.
  • These on campus times provide an opportunity for close collaboration with your academic advisor, dissertation committee, and other members of the nursing faculty.
  • Other opportunities for student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction include the MU SSON Graduate Student Resource & Collaboration Center, Zoom videoconference software, Microsoft Teams, Facebook and Twitter.
  • International students who need to study from their home country are welcome to apply to the Online option.  International online students are also required to attend all On Campus Intensives.
  • Please watch this video about how the Online PhD Option’s  flexibility can make it a match for you.