University of Missouri-Kansas City


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Doctor of philosophy

Delivery Mode

Blended, some campus visits required

BS to PhD credit hours


BS to PhD estimated cost


MS to PhD credit hours


MS to PhD estimated cost


Typical course Load

2-3 courses per semester

Typical Program Length

5-6 years

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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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. 

The BSN-Ph.D. option enables select, highly motivated students who have a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) to enroll directly into the Ph.D. program after completing 12 credit hours of MSN course work. The post-baccalaureate entry option is for highly-qualified BSN graduates with an unencumbered license as a registered nurse and whose career goals are research-oriented to progress as rapidly as possible toward the doctorate degree in nursing.

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Career Prospects

Potential careers for Ph.D. nursing graduates:

  • Faculty in colleges or universities
  • Researcher
  • Hospital administrator

Recent graduates who retained their positions have had opportunities for advanced positions in their current institutions.


Employment growth


Median salary

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but on-campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students choose full or part-time plans of study and take two or three courses per semester.  Full-time students can finish in five years and part-time students in six years.

Course work includes:

  • Responsible conduct of research
  • State of the science
  • Quantitative methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Research design


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

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