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
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.
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
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
Relate nursing research to the development and/or
implementation of health care policy regionally, nationally and
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
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