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

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*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 Hybrid program)
Spring – September 15 (Houston – PhD Hybrid 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

For additional information:

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