PhD Program Overview

Full or part-time study:
Degree timelines

  • Most students are part-time and finish their degree in 4 to 5 years.
  • Full-time students complete the program in 3 to 4 years.
  • Full-time Fast Track BSN to PhD can finish in 4 to 5 years.

Scholarships and financial aid

Scholarships are available from the federal government, foundations, professional organizations and private donors through the College. Inquire about tuition reimbursement plans where you work. You can apply for a graduate fellowship, which covers tuition and provides a monthly stipend. UNMC also offers student loans. For more information:

On-campus and online/distance learning options

Our five nursing campuses span the state of Nebraska. We offer advanced distance learning technologies to students in any location, including IP video, teleconferencing, online curriculum and web-based applications, including interactive virtual reality and the Blackboard Learning System. You may be able to attend course in person or online, however, our courses include interactive sessions with instructors and your fellow students. There will be times class does not meet (asynchronous course time), however, most of the time you will be in class with other students, no matter where you are located (synchronous course time). None of our PhD in Nursing courses are offered as self-guided, distance only courses.

Your personal orientation

At the start of your first semester, you’ll meet other PhD students and faculty members in your interest area during the one week, on-campus Immersion Week program. You'll plan a personalized course of study and become familiar with our educational resources, distance technologies and UNMC support system, including intranet, email, library, student services and more. After that one week on the UNMC campus in Omaha, you will be able to attend courses in person on campus or via distance technology from the location or your choice.

Faculty advisor support
and mentoring

In your first year, you’ll take core courses key to your development as a nurse scientist. You’ll confer weekly with a faculty advisor – in person, by phone or other distance technology. Advisors are selected to align with your scholarly focus. Mentoring by senior faculty is a key advantage of your doctoral preparation at UNMC.

Ongoing advisor guidance
for distance students

Distance students spend time with their advisor each semester via distance technology (i.e. Skype, Adobe connect, etc.), telephone conference or in person meetings.

Eligible transferring credits

About half of required courses — such as statistics, cognates and non-nursing support courses – may be taken at an accredited university near your home or through distance programs of other accredited universities. For more information about courses eligible for transfer, talk to a student services representative.  

PhD Graduate profile
  Khaled Suleiman  
Recent PhD graduate Khaled Suleiman came to UNMC to study cardiac surgical nursing as an exchange student from Al-Zaytoonah University. He now teaches and practices in Amman, Jordan. His research interest is sleep disturbances in patients recovering from cardiac surgery. 

"I made many friends at UNMC. Everyone is so nice."