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PhD in Nursing

HEGIS Code: 1203.00 | CUNY Plan Code: NURS-PHD | Program Fact Sheet (PDF)

Martin Dornbaum | HPEC


Health Equity

Hunter's PhD in Nursing program prepares nurse scientists to conduct research that supports health equity by addressing the health of diverse urban individuals, families, and communities.

This mission advances the Hunter College Center for Nursing Research's goal of urban health equity. Our faculty are experts in health promotion, community-engaged research, and disease prevention.

Based on an apprenticeship model of research, this post-master's PhD program combines rigorous coursework and a residency with experienced research mentors. Graduates are well-equipped with the research skills needed to obtain academic positions and to become nurse scientists in health care institutions.


Program Features

  • 50-credit post-master's program can be completed in 3 years
  • Courses are offered on a part-time plan (2-3 courses per term, including winter intersession and summer session), all scheduled on the same day. This allows for a rich scholarly experience that also works well for many working professionals.
  • Students complete a 360-hour research residency with an individual research mentor during the first 2 years of the program.
  • Students have the option of taking two courses in nursing education, including a teaching residency.
  • All courses are taught by Hunter College nursing faculty with active programs of research, together with colleagues from other CUNY departments and the Weill-Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center. Our highly qualified faculty also serve as dedicated and exemplary research mentors for doctoral students.


Course of Study

Post-Master's PhD in Nursing - Part-time (pdf)



Eligible applicants are licensed as an RN in New York State, have graduated from an accredited master's program with a cumulative undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher (4.0 scale), have taken a graduate-level statistics course, and have previous graduate-level coursework in research methods. See our PhD program admission requirements for a detailed list of application requirements and admissions criteria.


How to Apply

Submit an online application through the Office of Graduate Admissions that includes a personal statement, CV, writing sample, and three relevant letters of recommendation. Please review our PhD program admission requirements before beginning your application.


Application Deadline

Annual deadline of December 15 for admission in the summer term.


PhD Academic Program Outcomes

The program prepares graduates to:

  1. Master in-depth knowledge in a substantive area.
  2. Appreciate the history and philosophy of science.
  3. Describe the evolving nature of the nursing discipline.
  4. Master application of existing research methods and analytic strategies.
  5. Conduct original research.
  6. Communicate scholarship including through peer-refereed publications and presentations for professional interdisciplinary audiences as well as lay audiences.
  7. Lead in advancing the profession.
  8. Participate in team science and interdisciplinary research teams.
  9. Provide professional and research mentorship to others.
  10. Contribute to the education of current and future nurses through research discovery, application, and integration.


For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Capezuti at