The online PhD is a research-intensive program that prepares doctoral students as scientists who generate knowledge to advance nursing. Similar to graduates of the college's traditional PhD program, online PhD graduates are ready for careers in education, research, practice, and to assume leadership positions. Students work closely with faculty mentors to define their success early, and plan and conduct cutting-edge research using a variety of research methods.
This program of study is identical to the on-campus PhD program, there are minor differences in what is required of students. Students are admitted as a cohort; they are required to attend a one-week orientation at the beginning of the program of studey; and they are required to return to campus at the end of their program of study for a pre-determined period of time. Online courses are offered every two years and must be taken in sequence.
Discover more about the program opportunity and find a full course plan in our Forms & Material section.
December 1st for a summer 2015 start
(Online program offered every other year, in odd years)
Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from a professionally accredited program with a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (4.00 scale) to be considered for admission.
Applicants must have completed (within 5 years), or be in the process of completing a graduate statistics course with a grade of B or better prior to the start of the program. See listing of approved courses. If the course is not completed by the start of the program, applicants must enroll for NURS 720- Biostatistics concurrent with the first semester of the Doctoral program at UWM.
To be considered for admission, all nursing applicants must apply through the Graduate School and submit listed materials for the College of Nursing.
Complete online Graduate School Application (including a nonrefundable application fee). Submit official transcripts from all and any school attended directly to the Graduate School.
Applicants applying for the Summer 2015 semester can submit their required nursing materials through NursingCAS OR can choose to submit required materials directly to the Senior Advisor. Applicants applying for terms beyond the Spring 2015 semester are required to apply and submit all materials through NursingCAS.
Submit online through NursingCAS: Complete College of Nursing application using the online NursingCAS system by AACN. A completed application must include the required materials listed below. Forms such as the checklist and recommendation form can be accessed online, through NursingCAS.
Submit hard copy materials directly to the Senior Advisor (mailing address listed): If you choose not to select NursingCAS to submit your materials, you may send your materials directly to the College of Nursing Student Affairs/Senior Advisor. This option will be available only for Summer 2015 applicants. After the Summer 2015 admission cycle all applicants will be required to submit application materials through NursingCAS.
Required materials for the College of Nursing
For application questions and inquiries please contact Jennifer Daood, Student Affairs Graduate Advisor
College of Nursing
Cunningham Hall 135
PO BOX 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201