Cognate Area of Study: The cognate area of study consists of 12 to 15 semester hours. Students, in conjunction with the major advisor, select a cognate area of study to support the focus of the student's dissertation.
Electives: Required for degree completion are 3 semester hours of elective course work in research methods. Electives may include courses recommended or approved by the student's advisory committee.
Dissertation: The College of Nursing requires a minimum of 12 credit hours of dissertation and may elect up to 24 hours. Students may register for dissertation hours the semester following admission to candidacy. After candidacy approval, students must enroll for a minimum of two dissertation hours each semester while working on the dissertation and using university resources.
Goal of the MS-PhD program and Criteria for Grad Assistant Funding.
Knowledge Building Core (Required)
- NGR 7123 Theory Development in Nursing (3)
- NGR 7124 Advances in Nursing Science (3)
- NGR 7815 Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research (3)
- NGR 7816 Research Designs and Methods in Nursing (3)
- NGR 7823 Psychometrics and Measurement for Nursing Research (3)
- NGR 7841 Statistical Methods in Nursing Research I (3)
- NGR 7842 Statistical Methods in Nursing Research II (3)
- NGR 7843 Statistical Methods in Nursing Research III (3)
- NGR 7881 Ethics in Research and Practice (3)
- NGR 7892 Health Policy Issues in Nursing and Health Care (3)
- NGR 7941 Nursing Research Pro Seminar (1)
- NGR 7981 Dissertation Proposal Writing (2)
Satisfactory completion of the Knowledge Building Core required courses prepare students to successfully complete the dissertation research.
Cognate (12-15 Credits)
Students select a cognate area to further support the students area of expertise in nursing and the research problem that will be addressed by the dissertation research. Examples of appropriate areas of study for the cognate might be organizational administration, health policy, physiology, cognitive psychology, organizational psychology, gerontology, epidemiology, biostatistics, administration, applied anthropology, educational measurement or a nursing specialty.
Electives (3-6 Credits)
Students must complete 3-6 elective credits. Three credits must be in research methods. Examples of suggested courses:
- NGR 6824 Data Analysis for Health Sciences
- NGR 7932 Current Topics in Quantitative Methods
- NGR 6713 Foundations of Nursing Education (3)
The qualifying examination is to be completed as soon as the majority of core and minor coursework is completed. The purpose of the qualifying examination is to assess the student’s level of scholarship and research skills and to determine if the student possesses the critical and analytical skills necessary to undertake the dissertation research. The qualifying examination consists of a written exam covering the subject matter in the major and related fields.
Dissertation (12- 24 Credits)
Students must complete and successfully defend a dissertation.