Nursing, PhD


The PhD in nursing program seeks to prepare scholars to be research scientists, educators, and leaders who 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 the 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.

Bachelor's Degree Entrance

A bachelor's degree in nursing is preferred. Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


Annual reviews
Comprehensive examination
Dissertation proposal
Dissertation defense


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

Core Courses
NRSG 7104Foundations in Nursing Research3
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 Colloquium1
NRSG 7755Intervention Research: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation3
PHTH 5210Biostatistics in Public Health3
NRSG 5121Epidemiology and Population Health3
PHTH 6210Applied Regression Analysis3
Research Practicum
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:6
Cognate Courses 1
Complete two cognate courses in consultation with your faculty advisor.6
Electives 2
Complete two elective courses in consultation with your faculty advisor.6


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

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

60 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required


Cognates are graduate-level courses that are taken outside the School of Nursing. These courses should provide depth and breadth to the student's dissertation research.


Electives may be taken in nursing or in an area related to the student's dissertation research, including appropriate methodology and statistics courses.