Application Deadline: December 1 for fall admission
Application Available: September 1
Length of Program: 3.5 years full-time
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy
Part-Time Study Available? YES
Distance Learning Available? NO
PhD Admission Requirements | PhD Application Procedures
About the PhD
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Doctoral program prepares students to become researchers and to assume advanced leadership roles in nursing and health care delivery. A combination of conceptual approaches, challenging interactions in seminar discussions, and work with active researchers produces a stimulating environment for scholarly development.
Each student selects a focus area based on their nursing background, interests, and goals. The focus area provides a broad structure for the student's individualized course of study. Courses from nursing and from non-nursing disciplines offer options for tailoring the program of study to a student's particular focus area. The program is designed to help students identify a dissertation topic, apply for research funding, and begin a lifelong research career.
Course of Study
Program requirements for the PhD in Nursing include core courses and other courses to ensure preparation in a focused area of study. The PhD program prepares nurse researchers to make significant contributions to nursing knowledge and nursing practice through ongoing scientific inquiry and the dissemination of research findings.
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There are various avenues for support during the doctoral program. Every student who applies by the December 1 deadline and is accepted into the PhD program, will be considered for a one-year Fellowship. Those applying after the December 1 deadline may also be considered for financial support. Monetary amounts range from $7,000 - $25,000, based on admission scores and full time/part time status. Competitive continuing fellowships are available after year one, based on timely academic progression and scholarly activities. Other small scholarship opportunities (usually $1,000-$2,000, but may be higher) may be available yearly through the School of Nursing. Additionally, doctoral students may work as Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants, and Assistant Instructors. These appointments have tuition and benefits assistance based on appointment hours/week.
Highlights of the Doctoral Program
- UT Austin offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary study (doctoral portfolio programs) in fields such as gerontology, Mexican American studies, and women's studies.
- UT Austin’s School of Nursing received “Best School Of Nursing for Men” Award by AAMN.
- Internationally recognized nursing faculty with over $10 million in NIH research funding.
- The School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin is ranked in the top 20 of the country's 200+ accredited graduate nursing programs. It is the highest ranked US nursing school located on the campus of a non-health-science institution.
- Nursing faculty at UT Austin have diverse backgrounds in preparation and experience.
- Thirteen of the current 26 graduate nursing faculty are Fellows in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing.
- Approximately 55 doctoral students are currently enrolled in nursing.
- The doctoral program emphasizes development of a sound foundation in nursing science.
- Participation in faculty research projects is an integral part of the doctoral program.
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