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As a PhD student at UMSON, you'll conduct important research that not only builds a foundation for your career, but also contributes to the advancement of nursing science. You'll study under accomplished faculty members from UMSON's organized research centers while taking full advantage of our state-of-the-art health sciences campus. The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the state's public health, law, and human services university devoted to excellence in professional education, research, patient care, and public service.
You're an ideal candidate for the PhD program if you are a bachelor's or master's prepared nurse who wants a research career focused on some of the most important disciplines, topics, and trends, including:
The UMSON PhD program was initiated in 1979 as the 16th doctoral nursing program in the nation. Every student is carefully chosen and matched to the faculty member who can offer the greatest opportunity to succeed in developing his or her research program. As a graduate, you will join a thriving group of alumni—many of whom hold key leadership positions in academia, research, and administration across the country.
For master's prepared students, you will complete core courses to build upon your existing foundation in research methods and theory. You will choose a research area based on your individual interests and career goals, building domain expertise and research skills. Whether you decide on the part-time or full-time program, you'll complete coursework, research experience, supporting electives, and dissertation research.
There are two options for students entering the doctoral program with a baccalaureate degree. If you are a current UMSON student, the first (MS to PHD) program option allows you to complete graduate courses depending on the master's specialty you choose and earn a Master of Science degree while proceeding with PhD classes. You can complete the program in four to five years of full-time study taking fewer classes than if you pursued a master's degree and PhD degree separately. You can apply to the PhD program at the end of the first year of full-time master's study.
If you have a baccalaureate degree in nursing and desire a research career, the second (Post-BSN to PhD no master's) program option allows you to complete one year of core graduate courses and research rotations. Then you take the post-master's PhD courses, completing a minimum of 78 credits. No Master of Science degree is awarded.
University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 W. Lombard Street, Room 516
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579
Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy in nursing program should possess a bachelor's or master's degree with a major in nursing from an ACEN- (formerly known as NLNAC) or CCNE- accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign university. A Master's in Public Health from an accredited university may also be considered.
All applicants must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:
All transcripts should be mailed to the Graduate School at:
University of Maryland, Baltimore
620 West Lexington Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
All applicants must satisfy the general requirements of the Graduate School before being considered for admission to the PhD program. For more information about the Graduate School admission criteria, visit the Graduate School website.
After graduating from the PhD program, you'll be prepared to: