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What does it cost?

Learn more about the cost of an online degree, or use Georgia State’s Cost Calculator to get an idea of the investment required for your path of study. For information on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to determine eligibility, visit the FAFSA tips page.

Georgia State is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible programs for all prospective students because we value the investment each student makes in their education. We understand that the path to a student's future shouldn’t be blocked due to finances, and we pride ourselves on offering financial assistance and scholarships that can support students through their education.

Limited graduate teaching and research assistantships may be available.

How long will it take?

The MS.N.-Ph.D. is 60 credit hours and can be completed in a minimum of three years and the B.S.N.-Ph.D. is 72 credit hours and can be completed in a minimum of four years.

All required coursework to earn a degree can be completed online.

Students attend required on-campus sessions two days in the fall and spring semesters.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

The fall early application deadline is February 1 and the late application deadline is April 1.

Online Nursing, Ph.D.

Talk to enrollment coach
404-413-4393
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Talk to a faculty member
Dawn Aycock
Professor
404-413-1178
[email protected]

As you work toward your Ph.D. in nursing, you will be setting yourself apart as a nurse scholar and a leader in research, practice and education. You also are becoming part of the solution for the national shortage of nurse researchers and educators.

A doctorate designed for today’s busy healthcare professionals at all career stages:

  • The program is designed for master’s and bachelor’s prepared nurses. We also invite D.N.P.-prepared nurses to apply to the Ph.D. program. (For D.N.P.-prepared nurses, course credit may be given for previous coursework.)
  • The Ph.D. program is available for full-time and part-time study and with coursework primarily online.
  • Students attend a few required on-campus sessions: just two days in the fall and spring semesters.
  • The web-based classes are a combination of real-time (synchronous or live) and on-demand (asynchronous) classes.

Our graduates enjoy successful careers and can be found in roles such as:

  • Research, clinical and administrative faculty positions in nursing schools nationwide
  • Leadership and executive positions in corporate hospital systems and healthcare organizations
  • Public health positions with government agencies

 

Is a Ph.D. or D.N.P. degree right for me? 

You can also earn a graduate certificate in one of the following areas while working on your Ph.D.:

  • Public Health
  • Health Literacy
Program Highlights

Faculty Research

The Ph.D. program at Georgia State offers an area of concentration that centers on health promotion, protection and restoration, with a focus on vulnerable populations. Our faculty are engaged in a variety of research areas most of which center on improving the quality of care and outcomes of individuals across the lifespan. Areas of expertise include health disparities, urban health, cardiovascular health, intervention research, child, adolescent and young adult health, gerontology and health of older adults.
Faculty research includes:

  • Promoting physical and psychological well-being in grandparents raising grandchildren
  • Managing the care of children who require medical technology and supporting family caregivers of children with developmental disabilities
  • Improving the care of individuals with and at risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes
  • Understanding the impact of policy choices on health outcomes and disparities
Program Details

Admission requirements in addition to GPA, RN licensure, transcripts and TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable):

  • two-page position statement on a health issue
  • goal statement
  • three references letters from individuals (for example, supervisors, former instructors, professional mentors) who can speak to the applicant's research ability and interest
  • resume/curriculum vitae
  • interview with faculty

GRE scores are not required!

Application Checklist

International Applicants
Additional requirements may apply if you are an international applicant.

Learn more about the requirements for international applicants.

The program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the master's degree in nursing and 72 hours beyond the bachelor’s degree in nursing. The credit hours consist of 36 hours of required coursework, 12 hours for an area of concentration (electives) and 12 hours for dissertation proposal and implementation. The 12 additional credit hours for the B.S.N.-Ph.D. program are required courses to enhance student's research skills.

You can also earn a graduate certificate in one of the following areas while working on your Ph.D.:

  • Public Health
  • Health Literacy

Plan of Study (Ph.D.)

For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

Affording Your Online Degree
Georgia State is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible programs for all prospective students because we value the investment each student makes in their education. We understand that the path to a student's future shouldn’t be blocked due to finances, and we pride ourselves on offering financial assistance and scholarships that can support students through their education.

Learn more about the cost of an online degree, or use Georgia State’s Cost Calculator to get an idea of the investment required for your path of study.

Contact Student Financial Services
We are here to help you understand the cost of your program, the payment schedule and financing opportunities.

Use the Student Financial Services Guided Paths to walk you through the Financial Aid Process and learn about all our options for financing your education.

Corporate Assistance
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance
Active duty military, veterans and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits. Download our guide to How to Start Your VA Benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see TAP Tuition Assistance.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Plan and implement research that is socially relevant in the 21st century;
  • Link theory and research to the promotion of health in vulnerable populations;
  • Analyze the relationships among biobehavioral interactions and health promotion, protection, and restoration;
  • Examine issues of social determinants of health in conducting health-related research; and
  • Explore, develop, and apply diverse modes of inquiry to nursing and related disciplines.

Description

Careers

Our Ph.D. graduates are leaders in nursing science, education, hospital administration and public health. Examples of positions held by our graduates include clinical faculty, federally funded research faculty and administrative faculty at colleges and universities in Georgia and beyond, leaders at large healthcare delivery systems and public health professionals at the CDC.

Contacts

Online Programs

LaToya & Moisés
Enrollment Coach
404-413-4393
[email protected]

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Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

Dawn Aycock
Professor
404-413-1178
[email protected]

Mailing Address:
Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 30302-3995

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The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.