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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

Work in the company of top nurse scientists Heading link

  • # 7 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

DNP vs. PhD: Which program is right for you

Degree Requirements Heading link

The College of Nursing PhD degree requirements vary by entry route. The degree requires a minimum of 96 semester hours: 32 semester hours earned in the prior master’s degree and 64 semester hours in the core courses, advanced courses and independent research earned in the doctoral program (48 semester hours must be taken at UIC). Individual program plans are created by a faculty advisor upon admission into the program.

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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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