Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

PhD Program

Earn Your PhD in Nursing

For admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program, Emory University seeks highly qualified applicants with the discipline and motivation prerequisite to interdisciplinary research.

  • Completed application
  • Submission of a personal statement that describes the applicant's vision for what they want to study, who they want to study with, and why they want to study at Emory
  • 3 recommendations
  • Satisfactory GRE scores within 5 years
  • Satisfactory TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • World Education Services (WES) report (if applicable)
  • Students entering with a BSN and intending to pursue NP or nurse-midwifery certification must be eligible for licensure as RN in Georgia by the end of the first year of study.

*As of September 1, 2013, undergraduate or graduate level epidemiology and graduate level statistics are no longer required as prerequisites for the PhD program.

The deadline for applications to the PhD Program in Nursing is January 2, 2019 for Fall admission. Click here to begin the application process.

The doctoral program consists of required courses in the sciences, research, and electives designed to give students grounding in their areas of research specialization. In addition to research coursework, the program provides mentored research practica during the first two years, prior to preparing for dissertation research.

The standard curriculum for students entering for all entering students, BSN or MSN, is described below:

Year 1
Students take a range of courses designed to give them a foundation in research methods and theory.

Year 2
Students take a mix of required courses and elective courses in their area of interest, and begin work with an advisor to develop a research project that will lead to a dissertation. Students will take required didactic and practical courses related to teaching  and mentored classroom teaching experience.

Years 3+
Students conduct research and complete their dissertations.

Emory nursing faculty are committed to supporting learning and discovery for doctoral nursing students. The faculty is comprised of renowned scholars with a diverse range of expertise in areas such as:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Caregiver Well-Being
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Gerontology and Elder Health
  • Global Health
  • Maternal/Child Health
  • Mental Health
  • Rural Health
  • Sleep Research

Emory nursing faculty are known for providing exceptional research support to doctoral candidates. To learn more about our nursing faculty, visit our Faculty and Research page.

Meet the next generation of nurse scientists and educators who will change the face of health care on the Emory Nursing PhD Student Profiles page.

Full-Tuition Scholarships
All full-time admitted students are granted full tuition waiver and receive an annual stipend in exchange for teaching and research services. These awards are renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance, for a total of three years. Faculty and students work together to identify and apply for National Institutes for Health's National Research Service Award and other fellowships for subsequent funding.

T32 Predoctoral Fellowships
The School of Nursing offers a research training program for selected predoctoral students to focus on developing and testing interventions to improve health outcomes of persons with or at risk for chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and neurological diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, HIV-AIDS, and asthma/COPD. Individuals selected as fellows in this training program receive a monthly stipend, benefit assistance, assistance for professional travel, and modest funds to support research related expenses. Click here for more information about the School of Nursing's T32 predoctoral fellowships.

This National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) funded training program prepares pre-doctoral and post-doctoral nurse scientists to develop and test interventions to improve health outcomes of persons with or at risk for chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and neurological diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, HIV-AIDS, and asthma/COPD. Learn more about the T32 Nurse Training Grant

Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia and those states identified, should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to completion of clinical learning experiences in that state when enrolled in a distance-accessible program.