Nursing, PhD—Advanced Entry

The PhD program in nursing is designed to prepare scholars to be research scientists, educators, and leaders who seek to improve health across the life span with a concentration on urban, vulnerable, and underserved populations. Graduates are expected to lead interdisciplinary research initiatives that advance nursing science through knowledge development and scholarly inquiry.

Students will study with nursing faculty whose research programs address questions that extend across a broad health spectrum, from illness and self-management through health promotion. Collectively, the faculty have expertise in a variety of research interests, such as health issues of women, children, and families; HIV; cancer; mental health; depression; substance abuse; and perinatal injury.

In addition, students will have an opportunity to study with faculty from other Northeastern departments. Our close collaborations with the university’s Institute on Urban Health Research, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, as well as with several Boston-area academic health centers, provide opportunities to work across disciplines and to access populations and sites essential for completing a dissertation. Visit the Northeastern University Faculty Research site for more information.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Milestones

Annual reviews
Comprehensive examination
Dissertation proposal
Dissertation defense

Requirements

A grade of B or higher is required in all course work.

Core Courses
NRSG 7700The Science of Nursing3
NRSG 7705Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations in Nursing Science3
NRSG 7709Qualitative Research Methods3
NRSG 7712Quantitative Research Methods3
NRSG 7715Measurement in Clinical Research3
NRSG 7750Healthcare of Urban Populations3
NRSG 7770Research Colloquium (repeatable course)1
NRSG 7755Intervention Research: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation3
Statistics
PHTH 5210Biostatistics in Public Health3
PHTH 6210Applied Regression Analysis3
Cognate Courses 1
Complete two cognate courses in consultation with your faculty advisor .6
Research Practicum
NRSG 9984Research (repeatable course, to be taken twice)1-4

Dissertation Courses

NRSG 9845Dissertation Seminar 13
NRSG 9846Dissertation Seminar 23
NRSG 9990Dissertation (repeatable course, to be taken twice)1

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

48 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

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Cognates are graduate-level courses that are taken outside the School of Nursing and should provide depth and breadth to the student’s area of interest.