Contribute to the future of nursing and health care by earning a Ph.D. from the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Our faculty will guide your experience as you develop a plan of study and begin your research career. The program offers you a chance to explore a subject you’re passionate about while contributing to the overall health care industry. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for a career in academia or health care leadership.

You will be responsible for developing your plan of study and then undertaking the coursework to support that research area. The plan of study must include six credits of elective, research-related courses and 12 credits in a collaborative field of study that supports your research interests. You are expected to engage in scholarly activities throughout your courses. Examples could be grant writing, research presentations and manuscript submissions.

Our Ph.D. education is predicated on a strong mentoring relationship between the student and faculty throughout the curriculum. Your work at UMKC will be guided by a faculty mentor/adviser and a supervisory committee. The group will approve your individual plan of study and create your comprehensive examination. The group will ultimately help you transition you into dissertation work.

Online/Hybrid Distance Education Program

The Ph.D. in nursing provides professionals a flexible way to learn independently online. Our program also offers an affordable option. You pay in-state tuition for Nursing courses regardless of your location.

The Ph.D. program uses Blackboard, which is Web-based software, for classes. Courses are conducted in synchronous and asynchronous modes depending on the professor and course.

Ph.D. students are required to attend research courses on the UMKC campus in Kansas City each summer for two years. Expect the hands-on, mandatory courses to last several days.

Plan to form a strong bond with your professors. Our faculty members are committed to personal attention regardless of geography. Professors can be reached by phone and e-mail.

We are now a part of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which allows us to offer online programs to students in other SARA states.  We are able to accept and enroll students into most of our online programs in 48 states, including Washington, DC. We highly recommend that you review this information prior to submitting your application. Please review the state regulatory map to verify the status of your state’s regulations.

Application Checklist

  • All application materials must be submitted prior to Feb 16 for a summer start.  Please visit the Graduate Admissions page for more specific application information.
  • Make application to our program through NursingCAS.
    • Please note: When completing your NursingCAS application, please make sure you go into the “Supporting Information” section and click on “Release Statement”. We recommend that you answer “Yes” to the Pre-submission Release of Information Question. That way we can begin watching your application progress as soon as possible.
  • In addition, all students must apply to the UMKC Admissions and submit official transcripts to the UMKC Office of Admissions from each institution attended to:
    UMKC Office of Admissions
    120 Administrative Center
    5100 Rockhill Road
    Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

PhD Application Deadline:

All completed application materials are due by 5:00 pm on the following date:

February 15th to start coursework in June