Doctoral Program Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in the School of Nursing at Georgia State University is one of the oldest in the state, having been initiated in 1986. Education at the doctoral level prepares nurse scholars in the areas of research, practice and education. Our PhD graduates are leaders in nursing science, education, hospital administration, and public health. Because the Ph.D. program is a research-based doctorate, there is no clinical practice requirement in the course of study.

The PhD program is designed for master’s and bachelor’s prepared nurses. We also invite DNP-prepared nurses to apply to the PhD program. For DNP-prepared nurses, previous coursework will be considered for course credit. This credit will be evaluated on an individual basis after review of transcripts at the time of interview.

The PhD program is distance-accessible with full-time and part-time program plans. Courses are primarily offered in a web-facilitated format with a limited number of on-campus sessions. The web-facilitated classes are a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions.


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Call or email today for information about the PhD in Nursing Program at Georgia State University

Dawn M. Aycock, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA
Associate Professor
Director, PhD in Nursing Program
Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions

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The Doctor of Philosophy program is offered as a web-facilitated program.  Courses include onsite and synchronous and asynchronous classes.

Fall Application Deadlines:

Priority Deadline:  February 1st
Late Deadline:  April 15th

Application Requirements Apply Plan of Study/Degree Requirements Handbook