Why Choose Our PhD Program?
The UR School of Nursing is the ideal place to be a PhD student. We dedicate unparalleled resources to support original research from initial funding through clinical testing and real-world implementation.
The PhD in Nursing and Health Science program admits a small number of students to ensure that students receive close mentorship from faculty. From day one, you’ll receive assistance with coursework, grant writing, and every facet of your work — all of which allows you to learn how to make meaningful discoveries and innovations in a changing health care landscape.
The University of Rochester School of Nursing has a long history of research innovation and continues to pioneer new breakthroughs in nursing and health care research. We rank in the top 30 nationwide for research funding from the National Institutes of Health.
As part of a large research university and medical center, the School of Nursing engages in groundbreaking interdisciplinary research through collaborative partnerships with scholars and practitioners across the campus, region, and nation.
Likewise, our PhD students have a background in variety of disciplines, including:
- social work
- speech language pathology
- other clinical health professions
Rochester, New York, is also a wonderful place to live as a PhD student. Make the most of our affordable, safe, and family-friendly community as you pursue your academic passions.
Applying to the PhD Program
The UR School of Nursing uses a comprehensive, holistic review process during which each application receives individual consideration. We seek applicants who wish to pursue a program of research consistent with faculty research areas, are highly motivated and prepared to pursue the rigorous program of study, demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to conceptualize, show leadership potential, and are committed to upholding the values of the school and health care profession.
To complete your application, you will need to create an account and complete all sections of the application. Once you complete your application, you may receive a follow-up email to schedule an interview with members of our Admissions Review Committee. We look forward to reviewing your application.
- Master’s degree from an accredited school
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from any undergraduate-level work and a 3.5 from any graduate-level work
- GRE score within the past five years
- Clinical licensure in a health profession, such as nursing, social work or similar clinical practice field
- English language proficiency
- Official transcripts from all schools attended
- Three letters of recommendation from at least three doctorally-prepared academics
- GRE scores
- Current resume or CV
- Professional statement
- Writing sample
- Optional statement to support your admission to the program. For example, if you believe your application materials do not accurately reflect your abilities or potential for success in the program (e.g., GPA is lower than 3.0/3.5, breaks in your education or employment history, or achievements that may not be apparent) please submit the optional statement highlighting these attributes or experiences.
- TOEFL or IELTS scores: if English is not your first language
For details on how to submit these materials, reference How to Complete an Application and the directions in the online application system.Start your application
Program Financial Support
- All full-time UR School of Nursing PhD students are 100 percent funded with full tuition waivers and a cost-of-living stipend of $25,000 for the first four years of study. Learn more about tuition awards and stipend support.
Students begin the PhD in Nursing and Health Science program in the fall semester. The program can be completed in as little as four years of full-time study.