Saint Louis University’s Doctor of Philosophy in nursing prepares students who are
already RNs for future careers as scholars, or in research and science.
About the Program
Students can enter SLU’s Ph.D. nursing program through one of two programs: our post-baccalaureate-to-Ph.D.
(B.S.N to Ph.D.), or our post-master's-to-Ph.D. (M.S.N to Ph.D).
Both options offer you the choice of taking classes on campus or at a distance. Distance
students interact live with students on campus through online conferencing software.
Most Ph.D.-level nursing classes at SLU are offered on Friday mornings and afternoons
during fall and spring semesters. The scheduled time for the class takes into consideration
students in different time zones. The year of instruction also includes two shorter,
intensive courses, taken over the summer on Fridays.
SLU’s nursing Ph.D. program requires 51 credit hours of doctoral coursework (plus
a maximum of 18 credits accepted from a master's program) and 12 credit hours of dissertation
Graduates of SLU’s Ph.D. in nursing program are prepared to:
Articulate multiple perspectives on knowledge development and a broad understanding
of research methods.
Critique and synthesize nursing and interdisciplinary knowledge in a substantive area
Generate and disseminate nursing knowledge through research that is innovative, rigorously
conducted, ethically sound and culturally sensitive.
Steward the discipline by serving as leaders in health care and academic settings.
U.S. students should apply for the fall semester by June 1 and the spring semester
by Nov. 1. International students should apply by Feb. 1 for the summer and fall semesters,
and by Sept. 1 for the spring semester.
Applicants are considered on a rolling basis. An application answer may be expected
after two weeks. There is a deadline to accept an offer of admission.