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PhD Program

The PhD Program meets the increasing national demand for nurse leaders in academia.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Program at the University at Buffalo prepares nurse scientists and academicians who will contribute to knowledge development, theory generation and hypothesis testing to improve nursing practice outcomes and health care.

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.
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