UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies

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Why Choose UMKC?

More Career Options

  • Contribute to the future of nursing and health care by earning a Ph.D. from the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies. Our programs will put you on the path to professional growth, leadership and social advocacy.

More Flexibility

  • Our Ph.D. program is an affordable, nationally based program that can be completed online or on campus. Work at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home, while you receive the same quality education as our on-campus students.

More Innovative

  • The UMKC Ph.D. program is recognized for its innovative and effective use of technology. Our program will ensure you are up-to-date with the latest in nursing and health care.

Less Expensive

  • Our program is also extremely affordable. We offer in-state tuition in states we are authorized to deliver our program. U.S. News & World Report recognized us as one of the top 10 schools in the nation for affordable online graduate nursing programs.


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How Does The Program Work?

A UMKC Ph.D. in Nursing prepares nurse scientists, capable of performing original research using a variety of methodologies. We develop nurse leaders for research and academic careers, adept at advancing the discipline of nursing through research, education, and improvement in health care outcomes.

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 research, academia, or health care leadership.

The Value of Real-World Experience
We understand the value of practical real-world experience, and while many online degrees struggle to offer this, at UMKC we pride ourselves on offering a more interactive experience to our graduate nursing students.

UMKC Ph.D. Options

The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Ph.D. Program supports developing nursing knowledge in three distant research areas of focus:

  • Clinical / Biological Research
  • Health Systems and Outcome Research
  • Nursing Education Research

There is also a BSN to Ph.D. option

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How Much Will It Cost?

Everyone in the UMKC graduate nursing program pays in-state tuition & fees, regardless of where you live.

Financial aid and nursing scholarships are also available.

How Are Classes Conducted?

The Ph.D. in Nursing provides professionals a flexible way to learn independently online.

The Ph.D. program uses Blackboard, which is Web-based software, for classes. Courses are conducted in synchronous and asynchronous modes depending on the professor and course.

Ph.D. students are required to attend research courses on the UMKC campus in Kansas City each summer for two years. Expect the hands-on, mandatory courses to last several days.

You will be responsible for developing your plan of study and then undertaking the coursework to support that research area. The plan of study must include six credits of elective, research-related courses and 12 credits in a collaborative field of study that supports your research interests. You are expected to engage in scholarly activities throughout your courses.

Our Ph.D education is predicated on a strong mentoring relationship between the student and faculty throughout the curriculum. Plan to form a strong bond with your professors. Our faculty members are committed to personal attention reggardless of geography. Professors can be reached by phone and e-mail.

We designed the graduate programs to give professionals flexibility.

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How Do I Apply?

Are you convinced that the UMKC PhD program is right for you? Here is what you need to know to apply and enroll:

Admission Requirements

  • MSN from an accredited school of nursing
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse with licensure in the jurisdiction where clinical study is to be conducted
  • UMKC application
  • MSN Supplement Form with required documentation

*BSN to PhD will have additional requirements. Please contact us to Learn More.

We are now a part of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which allows us to offer online programs to students in other SARA states. We are able to accept and enroll students into most of our online programs in 48 states, including Washington, D.C. We highly recommend that you review this information prior to submitting your application.

Application Deadlines

  • Completed applications that are received between February 15th and March 27th will be reviewed and considered for the Summer or upcoming semesters.
      1. All materials must be submitted prior to February 1 for a summer start
      2. Make application to our program through NursingCAS.*
      3. Three Reference Forms are required from:
        • Immediate supervisor
        • Faculty professor from the last year of your BSN program or if post-masters applicant, faculty professor from MSN program. If unable to contact faculty from previous school program (because of length of time from graduation) please provide two professional references as referred to below.
        • Professional reference able to assess your professional characteristics. No references from co-workers or family members will be accepted.

        All Reference Forms must be submitted directly to:
        UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
        2464 Charlotte Street
        Kansas City, MO 64108

      4. In addition, all students must apply to the UMKC Admissions and submit official transcripts to the UMKC Office of Admissions from each institution attended to:
        UMKC Office of Admissions
        120 Administrative Center
        5100 Rockhill Road
        Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Students can apply 9 – 12 months before their planned start date. Applications are processed in the order they are received, so completing your application early means earlier access to enroll in classes. Applications and ALL required materials are due by 5:00pm on the deadline.

*Please note: When completing your NursingCAS application, please make sure you go into the “Supporting Information” section and click on “Release Statement”. We recommend that you answer “Yes” to the Pre-submission Release of Information Question. That way we can begin watching your application progress as soon as possible.

Application Checklist

  • UMKC Application
  • UMKC Application fee and UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Application Fee
  • Apply to our program through NursingCAS
  • Official transcripts from every college / university ever attended
  • School of Nursing and Health Studies PhD Application, which includes at least:
    • GRE results, recommended
    • CV or Resume
    • Essay
    • Submission of a current unencumbered RN license
    • Three letters of reference

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