Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.)

Admission to this program is temporarily suspended.
Until recently, the Ph.D. in Nursing program was delivered jointly with the University of Akron. In the fall of 2018, Kent State University received approval for the program to be offered solely at Kent State. We regard this change as an opportunity to evaluate and revise the curriculum so it reflects not only core scientific elements, but also emerging, priority areas of science. In order to accomplish this, we are temporarily suspending admissions for fall 2019.

We expect that the revised program will begin admitting students in fall 2020. Watch this site for updates!

The Ph.D. in Nursing prepares nurse scientists to develop methods to advance health, health care, and the nursing profession.

Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy program are expected to lead and promote innovative scholarly endeavors within and across disciplines and to assume leadership roles in the profession.

Areas of Research

When choosing a doctoral program, it is important to find a mentor who is an expert in the area you wish to research. This program provides research opportunities in a variety of areas, including:

  • Self-management of acute and chronic disease across the lifespan
  • Wellness in health, caregiver, occupational, and vulnerable populations within and across family systems
  • Health-related care systems and outcomes
  • Global and cultural health and wellness
  • Emerging education, translational and research methodologies
  • End-of-life/palliative care

Ph.D. or DNP?

Are you unsure of which nursing doctorate is the best choice?
Compare and contrast the Ph.D. and DNP programs