Doctoral Programs

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Advanced education for advanced professionals.

You're ready for the next step in your career—whether as researcher or practitioner—and the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s doctoral programs represent the best in scholarship and expertise. You are proven in your field, and under the mentorship of our respected doctoral faculty, you'll gain the skills and experience to become a more effective leader.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing offers two doctoral options:

But which is right for you?

 PhDDNP
Objectives prepares you to conduct important nursing research prepares you to translate research into practice
Coursework
  • philosophy of science
  • research methods
  • statistics
  • measurement
  • electives to build domain and research expertise
  • theory about practice
  • evidence-based practice
  • quality improvement
  • leadership
  • policy
Point of Entry BS or MS BS or MS
Final Project/Practice Hours Required
  • dissertation
  • no practice hours
  • DNP project
  • 500 practice hours post-MS
  • 1,000 practice hours post-BS
Post-Graduate Employment
  • nurse researcher in a hospital, agency, or association
  • academic research faculty
  • health care policy-maker or researcher
  • advanced practice nurse
  • leadership role in practice, hospital, agency, or association
  • academic clinical faculty
  • health care policy-maker
Financial Support