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Ph.D. in Nursing

About the Program

The Ph.D. program in nursing prepares nurse scholars in health promotion. Graduates function as researchers, clinicians and educators who demonstrate leadership in health promotion, professional, political and social arenas.The post-Master's curriculum has been recently been streamlined from 60 credits to 48 credits  In addition, to meet the needs of working professionals with a more flexible program design, we have changed our nursing core courses to either fully online or to a weekend executive blended format with in-person class meetings once/month on a Saturday and the remainder of the learning sessions conducted online using state-of-the-art technology.

Admission and Degree Information

Career Opportunities

The Ph.D. program focuses on the development of nurse scholars who will:

  • Demonstrate leadership roles as researchers, clinicians and educators
  • Advance knowledge in the area of health promotion
  • Improve the health of diverse populations through the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion research and community programs.

What Do Students and Alumni Say about the Program?

Terri-JabaleyTerri Jabaley

Assistant Nursing Professor, Emmanuel College

“I feel I am a strong teacher, researcher and writer because of the UMass Lowell Nursing Ph.D. program. I think that the faculty is the greatest strength of the program.”



sandra-moteSandra Mote

Clinical Assistant Professor, UMass Lowell

“I am so impressed with the work that my professors do to prepare lectures online. Weekly classes are filled with lecture videos, clips, and websites to explore and great discussions with other students. Even with the online component, I have developed close relationships with my peers.”

Jeremy-SchallJeremy Schall

Professor, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College

“I chose UMass Lowell because of the great reviews of my fellow nurses who actually are enrolled in the program as well as the curriculum which is focused on Health Promotion. I now understand how incredibly influential we can be in changing the care our patients receive based on our studies and how we are able to create new and better ways of caring for our populations. This program is simply awesome.”

Judy-FredetteJudy Fredette

Program Chair and Professor of Nursing for Fundamentals and Maternity, Wachusett Community College

“UMass Lowell’s Ph.D. program is a good choice because of the highly educated, qualified, published, caring, motivating and inspiring professors. The program with a focus in health promotion has changed the way I think about teaching, learning and life. I feel that I am a good teacher but with my Ph.D. from UMass Lowell, I will be an even better teacher.”

Somsak-ThojampaSomsak Thojampa

Nursing Faculty, Naresun University, Thailand

“This program is excellent for international students. I learned a lot about how research is conducted in the United States by participating on many projects in the School of Nursing. I am sure that my research experience here will benefit my career when I go back to Thailand to continue my teaching and research as a faculty of nursing in my university.”