Nursing, PhD—Advanced Entry (Post-MSN)

The advanced entry (Post-MSN) PhD program in nursing prepares research scientists, educators, and leaders who seek to improve health and healthcare across the life span with an emphasis on urban, vulnerable, and underserved populations. Graduates are expected to lead research initiatives that advance nursing science through knowledge development and interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry.

Students will study with nursing faculty whose research addresses questions that extend across a broad health spectrum, including health promotion, risk prevention, and self-management of chronic conditions. Collectively, the faculty have a variety of expertise and interests, such as health issues of women, children, and families; HIV; cancer; mental health; depression; and substance use.

In addition, students will have an opportunity to study with faculty from other Northeastern departments, as well as with other Boston-area researchers. This collaboration allows students 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.


Annual reviews
Comprehensive examination
Dissertation proposal
Dissertation defense

Core Requirements

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

Required Core
NRSG 7700The Science of Nursing3
NRSG 7705Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations in Nursing Science3
NRSG 7750Healthcare of Urban Populations3
PHTH 5210Biostatistics in Public Health3
PHTH 6210Applied Regression Analysis3
Cognate Courses 1
Complete two cognate courses in consultation with your faculty advisor.6
NRSG 7709Qualitative Research Methods3
NRSG 7712Quantitative Research Methods3
NRSG 7715Measurement in Clinical Research3
NRSG 7755Intervention Research: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation3
NRSG 7770Research Colloquium1
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:6

Dissertation Courses

NRSG 9845Dissertation Seminar 13
NRSG 9846Dissertation Seminar 23
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:2

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

48 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required