The Post-BS to PhD program at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing equips baccalaureate-prepared nurses to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing.

The Post-MS to PhD program at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing equips masters-prepared nurses to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing.

Additional Information

A PhD program of study requires a significant time commitment. More than 20 hours of work per week outside of the program is discouraged during full-time coursework or dissertation research. While full-time study is ideal, students may also enroll on a part-time basis with the understanding that not all courses are available each semester and scholarships for part-time students are limited.

PhD Program Objectives

PhD graduates will be nurse scholars who:

  • Develop the empirical and theoretical bases of nursing practice within a defined research program.
  • Utilize advanced research methodologies and technology in the pursuit of knowledge.
  • Demonstrate expertise in communication of research findings to the scientific and social policy communities.
  • Provide leadership in the development and application of knowledge to nursing research, practice and education using multidisciplinary perspectives.
  • Relate nursing research to the development and/or implementation of health care policy regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Integrate knowledge of our multicultural society into nursing research to improve and enhance health care and reduce disparities in health outcomes.

PhD Program Outcomes

  • Prepare nurse scientists to generate new knowledge and theory.
  • Extend the evidence-base of nursing.
  • Disseminate knowledge in their roles as researchers, academics and leaders locally, nationally and globally.
  • Affect change in policy, practice and the profession of nursing.