The MS-PhD program prepares baccalaureate-prepared nurses to enter the doctor of philosophy program, which is designed to promote knowledge development for reflective, theory-based and research-guided nursing practice, after completion of a master's program focusing on a specialty nursing area.
Available Specialty Programs
Students select from 12 different specialties, five of which include an interdisciplinary urban underserved (CU-UNITE) track. Past coursework to be applied toward the degree will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The specific courses required for each specialty option are on the specialty pages.
Expected PhD Program Outcomes
- Create new knowledge through the research process.
- Demonstrates commitment to the profession through publications and conference presentations or engagement in professional organizations.
- Examines multiple theories and methodologies for application to research problems.
- Engages with fellow scientists and students in scholarly discourse.
- Demonstrates ethical responsibility and action as a scientist.
- Considers research findings relevant to public health and healthcare policy.