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Online Ph.D. in Nursing | University of Oklahoma Online




$293-$720 PER C/H 



Become a Healthcare Leader

Contemporary healthcare is quickly evolving, and nurse scientists are at the forefront of this change. The online Ph.D. in Nursing program equips our scholars to ask and investigate questions relevant to improving healthcare outcomes and advancing the theoretical foundations of nursing science. The program prepares nurse scientists for successful careers and leadership roles as change agents in:

  • Research-intensive Academic Settings
  • Interdisciplinary and Inter-professional Venues
  • Clinical Research Sites
  • State and Federal Research Positions

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due at least 14 days prior to the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

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Pursue Your Nursing Ph.D.

Take the next step in your career with a degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for fall, spring, and summer sessions. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.


Benefits of the Nursing Ph.D.

Outstanding Faculty Leadership

Learn from our diverse faculty devoted to educating nurses and impacting health care. With their guidance, you will advance health care through OUHSC's intensive research initiatives and health-related community outreach programs.

Strong Career Growth

Our program prepares you to join the healthcare administration and management sector which is projected to grow 18% through 2028 (BLS). Nursing management positions can earn up to $129,000, and director roles can earn up to $169,000 (AONL).

Flexible Format

Learn in a flexible online program designed for working professionals. You’ll engage in online discussions with professors and fellow students while gaining advanced skills and research experience needed for leadership roles in healthcare.

Same Academic Excellence

Like every OU Online program, the Ph.D. in Nursing is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success. 

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An Investment in Your Future

Earning a Ph.D. in Nursing from OU Online gives you the skills to succeed in a growing and evolving field. It also gives you access to career support and an expanded professional network as part of the global OU alumni community. Stand out where the industry is moving while enjoying the potential for higher pay, career advancement, and new opportunities.

Tuition for online Nursing programs has a wide range based on the type of program and what fees are associated with the program.

Please visit OU HSC Financial Services to determine the tuition for your program of interest.

Once accepted into the program, students must submit a $350 nonrefundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition expenses and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class. 

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Program Breakdown

Ph.D. students can choose from a wide range of research opportunities and mentors. All prospective Ph.D. applicants are encouraged to read about the program's faculty research focus to identify a potential match with a mentor. All applicants are encouraged to contact potential mentors to discuss the unity of their interests with the faculty member's research. A close match is beneficial in assuring success in the program.

Paths to the Ph.D.

  • If you already have a Master’s in Nursing: Master's to Ph.D. Option
  • If you are a BSN graduate: BSN to Ph.D. Fast Track Option
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Nurse Scientist
  • Philosophy of Science (Graduate level)
  • Ethics in Research and Scholarship
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Epistemology in Nursing Science
  • Vulnerability and Disparity in Diverse Populations
  • Quantitative Methods in Research
  • Qualitative Methods in Research
  • Research Measurement and Instrumentation
  • Grant Writing Seminar
  • Applied Statistics I
  • Applied Statistics II
  • Special Focus in Applied Statistics
  • Implementing Research with Diverse Populations
  • Research Practicum (must take a minimum of one credit)
  • Prospectus Seminar
  • Electives
  • Dissertation Research 

Program Details

Minimum Prerequisites for the online Ph.D. in Nursing program are as follows:

  • Applicants may enter the Ph.D. program with either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Nursing
  • GRE scores taken in the past five years for Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing exams
  • Submit a current Curriculum Vitae using the CV template provided
  • Evidence of entry-level graduate writing ability based on written application essay
  • Prerequisite Statistics Course
  • Interviews with Ph.D. nursing faculty members, in person or via telephone conference
  • Personal computer required
  • TOEFL may be required for students born outside the U.S.

There is a two-step application process for the online Ph.D. in Nursing: 


  1. Complete only sections marked required at
  2. Pay appropriate application fees.
  3. Submit your transcripts.
  4. Questions: Contact NursingCAS at or (617) 612-2880.


  1. Complete the supplemental application at:
  2. Enter the NursingCAS ID number from the Admission Application.
  3. Pay the $75 application fee.
  4. For international students, please mail the following to Admissions & Records:
    • Residency documentation
    • TOEFL exam results
    • WES evaluation of international coursework
    • Immigration documentation

Note: An interview may be requested by faculty.

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form below, and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

Graduate tuition waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs. OU Online programs qualify for the OU Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver & Fee Exemption, and we encourage you to check your eligibility.  

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If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please contact the HSC Financial Aid office by emailing or calling 405-271-2118.


Why OU Online?

We are a top-tier public institution offering high-quality, affordable, professional undergraduate and graduate programs committed to maintaining academic excellence online.

Our Online Programs

Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

Our OU Family

When you graduate from an OU Online program, you’ll join the network of 250,000 OU alumni and be forever part of the OU family. Become part of the tradition of excellence that OU has established in its 130-year history.


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