Saint Louis University

Nursing | Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Saint Louis University School of Nursing has been a national leader in nursing education since it was founded in 1928. The School of Nursing has been prominent in the Gourman Report and U.S. News rankings for many years. The School of Nursing offers several bachelor's programs, a variety of masters and post-masters certificate programs, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall Admission: June 1
(International: Feb. 1 for Summer/Fall)
Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring Admission: Nov. 1 (International: Sept. 1)
Tel. No.: 314.977.8995
Dean: Teri A. Murray, Ph.D., RN
Interim PhD Program Director: Joanne Kraenzle Schneider, Ph.D., RN

Assistantship Application Deadline:
June 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Applicant Criteria:

PhD Admissions faculty of the School of Nursing evaluate all applications and may request interviews with applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Master's degree in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 system.
  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
  • Current, unencumbered registered professional nurse licensure in the state/country of residence/employment or eligibility for licensure in the State of Missouri.
  • Evidence of high potential for scholarship and leadership in nursing.

Nursing Application Review Process:

  • Rolling Application Review process (An application answer may be expected after two weeks)
  • There is a deadline to accept an offer of admission.

Credit Hours/Coursework: There are 51 credit hours of doctoral coursework (plus a max. of 18 credits accepted from a master's program) and 12 credit hours of dissertation research required in the PhD program curriculum. Completion of an advanced statistics courses, or equivalent, within the last five years is a program prerequisite but may be taken concurrently with nursing courses. The prerequisite must be completed prior to multivariate statistics. | Course of Study

Program Description: The program prepares nurses as scholars and beginning researchers/nurse scientists in academic and clinical settings. This program is offered in both a traditional classroom format and distance learning with Web teleconference technology. | The Ph.D. in Nursing

Career Possibilities: Nurse Scientist; Nurse Researcher; Nurse Educator. | Career Services

Curriculum & Program Details: The Ph.D. degree program is an innovative, student-friendly program. Students may attend classes on campus at the School of Nursing or by teleconference using Web technology. | Curriculum

About the Nursing Faculty: Saint Louis University's nursing faculty is nationally internationally  recognized for their teaching expertise, nursing leadership, scholarly research and student mentorship. | Faculty Page

Scholarships & Financial Aid: The School of Nursing provides very generous scholarships to eligible graduate students enrolled in the nursing program. Graduate research assistantships are an option for full-time students on-campus. | School of Nursing Financial Aid page  | Affording Graduate Studies at SLU | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: The PhD nursing program was the first doctoral program in the State of Missouri (1989).

Please Note: Saint Louis University currently accepts applications to the Nurse Practitioner (Master's, Post-Master's NP Certificate, and DNP) programs from those who reside in the following states (highlighted in blue on the map): Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

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