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PhD in Nursing Program

Lovelace, Ray DefenseDoctor of Philosophy in Nursing Degree

Are you interested in reaching your full potential and earning the field's highest academic degree, a credential earned by less than 1 percent of the population? Whether you are interested in a career in nursing leadership, education, policy or research, the PhD in Nursing program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is the right choice for you.

Offered through the School of Nursing and the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, the PhD in Nursing is a clinical research degree. A program for exceptional students, the PhD in Nursing integrates the exploration of a clinically-based question into the relationship-intensive plan of study, which can be completed in five years or less. Formal coursework that is offered online, on-campus and in hybrid formats, plus dissertation research, is required for the PhD.

One degree, multiple entry points

  • Post-baccalaureate - For BSN-prepared RNs, the School of Nursing now proudly offers a post-baccalaureate entry point to the PhD, thus allowing students to bypass the master's degree and obtain the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree efficiently. The post-BSN option is designed to allow highly motivated and outstanding BSN graduates an accelerated and rigorous route to the PhD.
  • Post-master's - Also available is a post-master'sPhD option, which offers opportunities for registered nurses, who hold a BSN degree and a graduate degree in nursing or a related field, to gain the complementary knowledge and experiences requisite for scholarly pursuits in nursing and health-related fields.