PhD FAQs

What is the difference between a PhD and a DNP?

The PhD program focuses on advancing the research and the science of nursing while our DNP focuses on advancing the practice of nursing. Please explore the various program differences on the DNP vs PhD page.

How can I get more information on the research faculty or reach out to faculty for more information?

Yes. In the UIC Nursing faculty directory, you can use filters to find faculty based on research area.

Is there a clinical component?

No. The PhD program focuses on research to advance the science of nursing. Review the required courses.

Is there an admissions interview?

Yes. If the applicant meets the minimum admissions requirements, they’re invited for a faculty interview. Review the application process and requirements.

When does the PhD program start?

The UIC Nursing PhD program starts in the fall semester only. The application typically opens in August with a submission deadline of Dec. 1.

What are classes like?

Our PhD program prepares nurses to conduct research to advance the science of nursing. This is a full time on campus program. The average class size will be six to 10 students for the first two years prior to working on your individual research.

When is the deadline to apply?

Dec. 1.

If I am an international applicant with an international RN license, can I still apply to the PhD program?

You will need a current RN license from a governmental authority by December of your first year. Review all admission requirements.

What are some of the funding options?

There are multiple funding options provided by the College of Nursing and UIC. We offer various scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and various awards.

Other sources of possible funding and resources can be found at:

You may also send the same materials to the other UIC health colleges.

Federal financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For additional questions about nursing scholarships, email conscholarship@uic.edu.