Ph.D. in Nursing Science

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing Science program is a research-based doctoral degree. The program prepares the student for a career as a clinical nurse scientist who, through course selection and experiences, develops as a teacher and disseminator of knowledge within professional, academic, and clinical arenas. Students may enter the program at the Post-BSN or Post-MSN level.

Important Dates

Application Deadlines

Contact us

For Nursing Sciences Ph.D. information, please contact:
Alfred Lopez, Health Sciences Discipline Coordinator
Adelita G. Cantu, PhD, RN, FAAN, Interim PhD Director


  • Bachelors in Nursing and/or Masters in Nursing from a nationally accredited school of nursing (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE)
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in Texas or Compact License with Multi-State Privileges International applicants should contact the PhD program director to determine licensure requirements.
  • No GRE is required
  • 3.0 GPA based on last 60 hours of college coursework

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GSBS Prospective Students

We will be having a four-part Nursing Science Information session that we invite you to join. We will offer Information Sessions virtually, 6 pm-7 pm on the designated date. In each session, attendees will have an opportunity to meet with faculty, Ph.D. students, and graduates.

See upcoming sessions

A group of Nursing PhD students smiling in the courtyard on campus
Dr. Sara Gill, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

In order to educate more nurses, we need nurses with Ph.D.s. Less than two percent of nurses have a Ph.D., so our students have no problem getting a job at all.

Dr. Sara Gill, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies