Sue Lasiter
PhD Program Director

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Research Institute

Summer 2021 Research Institute

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Contribute to the body of knowledge that forms the future of nursing and health care by earning a Ph.D. from the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies. Our PhD program offers students a chance to conduct research about a topic of interest while contributing to evidence that supports the care of patients, families, and communities. Our curriculum is designed to prepare students for a career in academia and in health care systems.

Doctoral faculty will assist students in developing a plan of study to support the chosen research area. In addition to coursework, students are expected to engage in scholarly activities that demonstrate professional and research development. For example, students write grants to fund their research, publish articles in peer-reviewed journals, and present their research at conferences.

Student work is guided by a team composed of the faculty supervisor and selected committee members who provide guidance and support throughout the coursework, comprehensive examination, and dissertation research. PhD education is based on strong mentored relationships between the student and faculty members throughout the program.


The PhD in Nursing provides students a flexible online way to learn and, to assist with affordability, students pay in-state tuition for online Nursing courses regardless of residential location (check state regulations link below for online education rules determined by each state).

The PhD program uses Canvas as the online learning platform for classes. Depending on course topics and content, classes can be conducted in synchronous, asynchronous, or a combination of both modes. Our faculty members are committed to provide students with personal attention regardless of geography. Professors can be reached by phone and by e-mail.

PhD students are required to attend Research Institute I and II in-person on the UMKC campus in Kansas City for three days during the summer of years one and two (see sample plans of study).

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 and Washington, DC. Because state regulations sometimes change, please review your state’s regulations to verify the status of your state prior to submitting your application.

Please visit the Graduate Admissions Page for more specific application information.

Application Checklist

All application materials must be submitted by February 15th and coursework begins in Summer semester.  Please visit the Graduate Admissions page for more specific application information.

Make application to our program through NursingCAS.
Please note: When completing the 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 so we can begin tracking your application progress as soon as possible.

All students must also apply to the UMKC Admissions and submit official transcripts from each institution attended to the UMKC Office of Admissions:
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:

  • Summer 2021 Deadline: 02/26/2021
    • All graduate programs & tracks, with exception to the following:
      • MSN Nurse Educator DOES NOT have a summer start.