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PhD in Nursing Science

Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral program in nursing science prepares students to become nurse scientists who conduct cutting-edge research in nursing education, health systems, and clinical science to enhance the care of individuals and families across the lifespan.

The IU Online PhD in Nursing Science is a hybrid, distance-accessible program using videoconferencing technology to synchronously place you in the classroom with your classmates. As a student in the program, you attend two required on-campus, 4-day Intensives, which give you the opportunity to interact with other students and with faculty, attend professional development sessions, meet with faculty mentors, and network during a variety of informal receptions.

The program curriculum explores courses in nursing theory, measurement and data analysis, nursing research methods, relationship-centered leadership, quantitative research, statistics, experimental designs and methods, data analysis, and more.

Your IU Online PhD in Nursing Science prepares you for successful careers within academic and practice settings, in such positions as:

  • Nursing faculty 
  • Director of nursing research 
  • Director of clinical services 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the PhD in Nursing Science, you must complete 90 credit hours. You may choose either the BSN to PhD option or the MSN to PhD option. The BSN to PhD option allows you to earn certification as a clinical nurse specialist, or to complete other graduate coursework that will enhance your area of research. The MSN to PhD option allows you to transfer in 30 of the credit hours from your MSN coursework that is relevant to your research area.

Requirements for the MSN to PhD plan of study are broken downs as follows:

  • Professional development core (6 credit hours) 
  • Nursing theory core (6 credit hours) 
  • Nursing science research major (15 credit hours) 
  • Nursing science concentration (8 credit hours) 
  • Minor courses, external or internal (9-12 credit hours) 
  • Dissertation (16 credit hours) 
  • MSN transfer credits (30 credit hours) 

NOTE: Courses transferred into the MSN to PhD plan of study are determined by the student's advisory committee.


  • B 562Biostatistics for Public Health II3 Credits
  • D 602Responsible Conduct of Research (or equivalent)1 Credits
  • D 607Theoretical Perspectives of Nursing Science3 Credits
  • D 608Middle-Range Theory3 Credits
  • D 609State of the Science Seminar2 Credits
  • D 701Nursing Inquiry and Scholarship: Introduction to Doctoral Study3 Credits
  • D 751Advanced Topics in Nursing Science (various topics offered)3 Credits
  • D 752Directed Research Practicum3 Credits
  • R 601Instumentation and Measurement or equivalent methods course3 Credits
  • R 603Foundations of Quantitative Research3 Credits
  • R 604Experimental & Quasi-experimental Designs and Methods or equivalent3 Credits
  • R 610Foundations of Qualitative Research3 Credits
  • R 899Dissertation in Nursing16 Credits
  • T 800Preparing Future Faculty2 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $534.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1602.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1478.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4434.00
Note:  Additional fees will apply.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education

    With more than 120 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.