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Doctor of Philosophy

Quick Facts about PhD program

The Nurse Researcher

Admission: Fall only

The UIC Nursing doctoral program emphasizes strong mentoring relationships between students and faculty advisors who are nationally and internationally acclaimed scholars. Offered only at the Chicago campus, the PhD program admits students once a year to begin in the fall semester.

*Application deadline is December 1 Learn about applying →

UIC undergraduate alumni and soon-to-be alumni who are applying to graduate Master’s and PhD programs could have their application fee waived. Only full or expected UIC alumni are eligible. This includes (1) Those students who have fully earned, or will earn, a UIC bachelor’s degree by the proposed term of enrollment in a UIC graduate program and (2) UIC seniors who are seeking concurrent graduate enrollment for the final year of their undergraduate study. Waiver does not apply to those who have attended UIC but not earned a degree, applicants to UIC professional programs, or alumni of UIUC or UIS.

*Please note some deadline exceptions may apply for our active military applicants. If you are active military please reach out to if you have any questions.

Work in the company of top nurse scientists Heading link

  • # 11 UIC College of Nursing's rank among U.S. nursing schools for NIH funding

  • 8 Faculty members named to the Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

  • 29 Current and emeriti faculty members who are fellows of the American Academy of Nursing

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Top nurse scientists are PhD advisors Heading link

With a PhD program dating back to the early 1970s, the UIC College of Nursing was among the first institutions to promote nursing research, and we have been continually engaged in discovery since that time. Our faculty investigate health concerns affecting cells, individuals, communities and health systems. Your ideal PhD advisor is here.

Video: Hear from some UIC Nursing researchers
Anna Luong

“The strongest element of the UIC Nursing PhD program is the support from various places. From administration to faculty, there is always someone willing to help. Also, I have had a variety of research experiences thanks to opportunities that faculty have presented to students in the past few years.”


Anna Luong  |  PhD Student
Madison Goodyke

“I’ve gained valuable research experience working as a graduate assistant on a federally funded grant, and now I’m able to apply what I have learned as I conduct my dissertation research. I’ve received important guidance and mentorship from experts in my field to support my growth as a nurse researcher. There are many research resources for students, and the environment and coursework at UIC Nursing encourages students’ success.”

Madison Goodyke  |  PhD Student

Certificate Programs: Be a Lifelong Learner

Sara Mithani

“By working in the Laboratory for Sleep Neurobiology, I’ve learned so much about running a research lab, the physiology of the brain, understanding basic bench science and how we can translate it back to patient care.”


Sara Mansoorali Mithani  |  PhD '20

Need to reach the PhD program director? Contact Pamela Martyn-Nemeth, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN.

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