Doctoral Programs

PhD Program in Nursing Science

Transform Lives with a PhD!

Our PhD Program prepares nurse scientists to Create the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health.

With a PhD degree in Nursing from USF, you can affect the lives of millions of people by creating the science that impacts patients, families and communities; as well as the education of the next generation of nurses. The PhD program provides the link between practice and research.

Transform Lives Through Research

A PhD prepares you for roles as:

Scholars and Faculty at Research Intensive Universities

Why USF?

USF is 9th worldwide among universities in U.S. patents

Why USF Nursing?

Biobehavioral lab dedicated to nursing research


"The Nursing PhD Program at USF has the dynamic curriculum designed to transform nurse clinicians into top-notch nurse scientists. As one of the few established Nursing PhD programs in the nation, we are proud of the many contributions of our PhD alumni as researchers, faculty and leaders in the profession. Our world-class faculty are national experts in many critical areas of healthcare. USF is the right place for you to get your PhD degree in nursing!"

Cindy L. Munro, RN, ANP, PhD, FAAN
Associate Dean of Research and Innovation


Our friendly admissions team is prepared to answer your questions and discuss with you the requirements for applying:
  • Master’s degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (Bachelors degree in nursing for BS-PhD option) 
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 
  • Licensure as a RN, if performing clinical work 
  • Competitive GRE score 
  • Demonstrated commitment to doctoral study and scholarly productivity 
  • Clear potential for research contributions 
  • Evidence of potential for leadership in the nursing profession

What People are Saying

"My experience in the BS-PhD Program ignited my passion for research. My PhD preparation at the USF College of Nursing was a period of growth, development, and unprecedented knowledge. My education and experiences have equipped me to become one of the next generation of nursing leaders. As a alumnus, I would certainly recommend USF!"

Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor, USF College of Nursing

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