The interdisciplinary Nursing PhD Program is based upon the belief that doctoral preparation is best accomplished when the faculty-student relationship is a partnership of inquiry.
The program is designed to offer challenging learning opportunities to develop each student as a scientist and scholar. The PhD program requirements are the same whether you choose the Online Nursing PhD option or the International Residential Nursing PhD option.
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Attendance at 5-Day June On-campus Intensive Orientation
Satisfactory Completion of Approved PhD Plan of Study
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 in order to graduate.
Participation in Synchronous Chats
Completion of Annual Graduate Student Progress Review
Attendance at the Annual April On-campus Intensive
Attendance at Professional, Scientific Conferences
Additionally, travel funds are available for graduate students from the MU Graduate Professional Council, MU Graduate Students Association, and MU Graduate Studies to attend professional conferences, present research at a professional conference, and collect dissertation research data. For information, visit MU Graduate Studies’ Travel Scholarships for information.
Satisfactory Completion of the PhD Student Competencies
Satisfactory Completion of the Doctoral Comprehensive Exam
Maintenance of Continuous Enrollment
Successful Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation Process and Defense
- Development of a dissertation proposal
- Approval of the proposal by the doctoral dissertation committee
- Approval of the research project by the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board
- Ethical conduct of the research project
- Writing the doctoral dissertation
- Public defense of the doctoral dissertation
- Approval of the dissertation by the candidate’s doctoral dissertation committee
- Submission of the approved dissertation to MU Graduate Studies
Specifics of the Doctoral Dissertation Process can be found in the PhD Handbook.