Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science

Are you ready to level the playing field? Earn your Ph.D. at Texas Woman's University and you’ll receive the advanced nursing knowledge, investigative aptitude, and management skills needed to earn a spot at the leadership table for health care whether it’s in a hospital, clinical, or classroom setting.

Texas Woman's University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (Ph.D.) program is for the nurse ready to assume or further a leadership position. A Ph.D. demonstrates ability to integrate nursing knowledge with that of other health care disciplines to research and solve problems as well as to teach and mentor other nurses.

Realizing that students have different needs and varying learning styles, TWU offers two formats for earning a Ph.D. in Nursing Science. At the Denton campus, the Ph.D. program is offered 100% online and has received the Quality Matters Implementation Plan award for online learning.

A hybrid program incorporating both face-to-face and online classes is available at our Houston campus.

In both campus formats, students may attend either full time or part time.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

Approval for admission to the Graduate School is required of all graduate students.

Graduate School admission does not imply admission to candidacy for an advanced degree. Candidacy will be granted only after a period of successful graduate work and after compliance with the conditions and course of study established by the University and its departments, schools, and colleges have been met.

The total enrollment of graduate students is limited. All applications to the Graduate School are subject to whatever provisions may limit the enrollment of graduate students. Admission is granted for not more than one academic year. Students who do not attend the University for four or more terms, including the term of admission, must reapply. Graduate students who have been enrolled, may stop out for a maximum of two years including the last semester of enrollment. If another institution is attended during the two year timeframe, the student must reapply.

Graduate students are subject to the general rules and regulations of the University and are expected to maintain the high standard of social and academic life of the University as well as the professional standards of their chosen field of study. Thus, graduate students are subject to all rules and regulations set forth in the Student Handbook, the Graduate Catalog, and the policy statements of the Graduate School and the academic components. All graduate students of Texas Woman’s University are expected to know and adhere to high standards of personal conduct and of academic integrity and scholarship. Any falsification, misrepresentation, or misapplication of information or research; any violation of professional or ethical standards; or any violation of the rules and regulations of the University may result in dismissal.

*Admission to the Ph.D. in Nursing

Program Contacts

Denton Online Program
Dr. Mikyoung Lee

Houston Hybrid Program
Dr. Sandra Cesario

Application Deadlines

Fall - February 1 (Denton – PhD online program)
May 1 (Houston – PhD program)
Spring – September 15 (Houston – PhD program)

Admission Requirements

  • Current US RN license (unencumbered) or international equivalent
  • Master’s degree with nursing major from a nationally accredited program (Nursing credentials for International students will be assessed individually)
  • Statistics course
  • Graduate level research course
  • Graduate level theory course

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to the Program Coordinator with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME)-Ph.D. in Nursing. Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Letter addressing professional goals and research interest
    • Curriculum vita or resume
  3. Two academic or professional references should submit letters of recommendation as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to the Program Coordinator. Recommenders should include student name and "Ph.D. in Nursing" in the subject line.

Contacts for the Ph.D. program

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