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1. Fill out the application in its entirety.
2. Submit your application.
3. After you submit your application, you will be emailed a link to the application portal to submit your supporting documents.

You do not need to wait for letters of recommendation in order to submit your application. The letters are sent directly to us by the recommenders. 

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.