Nursing Leadership PhD

The first fully-online Nursing PhD!

Program-at-a-Glance (Graduate)

Credit Hours:

48-60 Hours

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Completion Time:

1-3 years *pending hours enrolled

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Special Requirements:

No additional requirements

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The online Nursing Leadership PhD at The University of Southern Mississippi is a groundbreaking new program designed to bring nurses into a leadership role. Every aspect of our online nursing PhD, from the coursework to the virtual residency and dissertation, is fully online. You never have to come to campus for anything; it all can be completed online from the comfort of home.

This first-of-its-kind, fully-online Nursing PhD allows you the freedom to gain valuable practice experience without interrupting your schedule. The program and classes were carefully selected to prepare today’s busy nurses for research, academic careers, and leadership roles in universities and health organizations.

Our Nursing PhD will allow you to participate in the health care field while impacting the development of up-and-coming nurses. Allow The University of Southern Mississippi to guide you from BSN to PhD in only 60 credit hours. This is your chance to make a wider impact without interrupting your position in the health care field by getting your fully online Nursing PhD from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Already have your masters degree? You can earn your nursing leadership PhD in as few as 48 credit hours. Looking for more? Our enrollment coaches are here to help. Click here for more info! This is your life, plus college!

A number of scholarship opportunities are available for online students! Our Online Student Scholarship gives first time, fully online students an opportunity for $500 towards their first semester. To get started with our Online Student Scholarship, or to view our list of available scholarships for which you may qualify, visit our Student Scholarship page now!

The Graduate School is now offering standardized test waivers to applicants of this program. There is currently no GRE requirement for this degree!

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Tuition can be expensive, and at Southern Miss, we want to help. In an effort to meet the demand for qualified nursing faculty, The University of Southern Mississippi is giving the opportunity to participate in the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) to both full-time and part-time students working toward the nursing leadership PhD The NFLP will eliminate up to 85% of student loans for students who plan to teach at any accredited school of nursing in the country after graduation.

What can you do with a Nursing Ph.D.?

A Nursing Ph.D. prepares you for leadership, research, and advanced clinical roles, allowing you to contribute significantly to the advancement of nursing science and the improvement of healthcare in your community.

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