FAQ

PhD student

Who can apply to the PhD program in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing?

Students with a desire to become independent nurse scientists may apply to the doctoral component of the graduate program upon completion of the Bachelor or Master of Science in Nursing degrees.
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How much of a time commitment does the PhD program require?

Students can complete the PhD program on a part-time or full-time basis. Full-time students can complete to program in three years, while part-time students will take longer, depending on how many courses they can take in any given term. All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within nine consecutive years of the date of matriculation into the program. Students have five academic years (pre-candidacy) to reach candidacy and the four following years (post-candidacy) to complete their research. A doctoral student must be enrolled for at least 10 graduate credits in his or her program in each of three quarters during a span of five consecutive quarters. For details, please visit www.grad.uc.edu/doctoral-time-restrictions.aspx.
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How much of the PhD curriculum is course work and how much is research?

If attending full-time the first two years are devoted to course work designed to prepare students to develop and disseminate knowledge that will guide nursing practice. The third year is devoted to independent research.
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What research areas might a PhD student pursue?

A cadre of nurse researchers and clinicians are available to guide students through the doctoral program making the possibilities in nursing research vast. Additionally, students are highly encouraged to participate in interdisciplinary courses within the University of Cincinnati, which expands possibilities even further. Essentially the research possibilities in the field of nursing are endless!
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What financial aid opportunities are available to PhD students?

PhD students compete with other College of Nursing graduate students for University Graduate Scholarships (UGS) and graduate assistantships. Applications for scholarships offered by the College of Nursing can be submitted each Spring.

Additional information on financial aid and scholarships can be found at the Financial Assistance page.
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How do I get started applying for the PhD program?

You’ll need to begin submitting the required application materials, including the University of Cincinnati graduate school application. For a complete list of admission requirements