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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Nursing Science University of Washington



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The UW School of Nursing Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD) program faculty are global leaders in nursing science. Students from all over the world create a community of scholars and learn from expert researchers. Our expert nursing scientists provide mentorship tailored to student needs using technology-driven instruction.

The UW PhD program is ideal for students with diverse backgrounds who want to become premier leaders in nursing research.

We maintain a holistic view of nursing science and our faculty’s scholarship represents a broad array of research projects and innovative methodologies. Some examples include:

  • Symptom science
  • Laboratory sciences
  • Health promotion and disease management across the lifespan
  • Policy analysis and advancement of cost-effective health care systems
  • Health equity
  • Innovative methodologies


Our PhD program is highly individualized with a goal to create independent thinkers with demonstrated ability to articulate, investigate, and report on original research that makes a substantial contribution to health care knowledge.

The program is flexible, reflecting the enormous scope and impact of the latest nursing research and policy making. Although the PhD curriculum can be completed in three years of full time study, individual student program lengths are expected to vary.

Once offered admission as a PhD student, you are matched with a faculty adviser. Your adviser provides guidance and helps answer questions until you select a supervisory committee chair (between years one and three). Your chair then serves in an advisory capacity and as the supervisor for your dissertation.

The first year of the PhD program focuses on required core courses emphasizing nursing philosophy, conceptual frameworks, theory, and research methodologies. After the first year, courses and other scholarly activities are determined by you and your supervisory committee to comprise your individual program of study. The supervisory chair is a School of Nursing graduate faculty member whose research approach, interest, or research methods aligns with your proposed dissertation project. You and your chair complete the supervisory committee by selecting faculty members from the School of Nursing, the UW at large, and other appropriate experts outside the University. This committee approves your program of study and guides you through the general examinations, dissertation research, and final defense.

Once the program of study is completed, you prepare for general examinations and begin your dissertation research project. The doctoral dissertation and its defense are the program’s culmination and demonstrate your ability to identify and pursue research that meets the highest of professional standards.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Nursing Science.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

USD $11,455 for Quarterly tuition fee




University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An in-process or earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in any discipline

A minimum 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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