What does it cost?

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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.

Where will I take classes?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

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

Nursing, Ph.D.

Moisés Aguayo
Enrollment Coach

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

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

Program Highlights

Congratulations to our 2020 Graduates

Michelle Gaddis, Ph.D., MSN-Ed., RN-BC

Instructor, Georgia State University Perimeter College of Nursing

Dissertation Title: Disease Self-Management Capacity, Patient Burden, and Medication Adherence, for African American Adults with Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension


Kortney Floyd James, Ph.D., PNP-C, RN

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Clinician’s Scholars Program at the University of California in Los Angeles

Dissertation Title: The Role of Racial Identity on the Mental Health and Functioning of Postpartum Black Mothers


Sharon White, Ph.D., MSN, FNP-BC, NP-C, RN

Clinical Instructor, Clayton State University School of Nursing

Dissertation Title: Palliative Care Referral Behavior among Nurse Practitioners in Hospital Medicine


Jovon Caldwell TaylorCongratulations to Jovon Caldwell Taylor for being one of 75 doctoral students across the nation selected for the 2021-2023 cohort of the Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare Scholarship Program. Her topic area is psych/mental health, and her interest is substance abuse resilience in African American male survivors of childhood abuse.

Faculty Research

The Ph.D. program at Georgia State University 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 value in health care

View Faculty Research Interests

View the 2021 PhD Student and Recent Alumni Publications


Program Details

Admission requirements in addition to GRE scores, GPA, RN licensure, transcripts and TOEFL (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

Application Checklist

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.

Plan of Study (Ph.D.)

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.



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, vice president of the Neuroscience Institute at Atrium Health and health communication specialist at the CDC.


Online Programs

Moisés Aguayo
Enrollment Coach


Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

Ph.D. Program Director
Dawn Aycock, Ph.D., R.N.

Manager, Graduate Admissions, Retention, & Progression
Denisa Reed

140 Decatur Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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