Graduate Programs

Nursing professor mentors a junior faculty member on some collaborating research for the College of Health Sciences.

Nursing: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science


The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in nursing science program prepares researchers and academic faculty for positions in college, university and healthcare settings. Graduates are prepared to advance the art and science of nursing and to assume leadership positions in the profession. They will take responsibility for shaping and advancing healthcare with a goal of improving individual, family and population health through the integration of theory, research and evidence-based practice. The Ph.D. in nursing science program emphasizes specific areas of study in which nursing makes a significant contribution toward health. These areas are defined by the research expertise of faculty in the context of interdisciplinary resources available at the University of Delaware and Delaware Health Sciences Alliance campuses and the local, national and international communities. Graduates are prepared to collaborate with other scientists and health professionals to contribute to the development of knowledge. The breadth of focus of the Ph.D. in nursing science curriculum ranges from nursing research in the bio-behavioral sciences to health services.

Research Emphasis:

  • Aging/Healthy Aging
  • Symptom Science/Self-Management
  • Health Services Research



Application Deadlines


March 15: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition

The 2024-2025 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1,406.

Tuition Credit


Due to a College of Health Sciences Dean’s Scholarship, the student tuition rate is lower than the published UD graduate tuition rate. The final student tuition rate for the PhD in Nursing Science program is $1055/credit. Please contact the department for more information.