Doctor of Philosophy


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

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

  • 7 Faculty members inducted into 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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Degree Requirements

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.

See program requirements

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What our alumni say

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
Alison Hernandez

“The fact that there were so many talented and award-winning nursing researchers at my side was very inspiring. Knowing I could email or knock on someone’s door who was an expert in virtually any field was a gift.”

Alison Hernandez  |  PhD '18

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