Why Choose UMKC?

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  • Contribute to the future of nursing and healthcare 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 ranked program that is completed online with only two required campus visits. Work from the comfort of your own home, while receiving a great quality education.

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 healthcare.
  • UMKC is one of 30 Universities in the U.S. that has nursing, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy degree programs on the same campus; thus interprofessional collaboration with faculty from other healthcare disciplines, for educational and research activities, is possible. We have prominent faculty engaged in research at local, national, and international levels. Our faculty is on-line certified thus ensuring a positive learning experience.

Less Expensive

  • Our program offers affordable tuition in states we are authorized to deliver our Ph.D. 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. We have options for a BSN to Ph.D. and Masters to Ph.D.

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.

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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

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Is Financial Assistance Available?

UMKC offers scholarships, grants, loans and work-study jobs.

Let us help you navigate your path. Learn about the diverse scholarships and financial aid resources that exist at UMKC, the School of Nursing and Health Studies and from external agencies.

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Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program is a wonderful opportunity for graduate nursing students who wish to educate the next generation of nurses. The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers who graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. Loan recipients may cancel 85 percent of the loan over four years in return for serving full time as faculty in any accredited school of nursing.

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How Are Classes Conducted?

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

The Ph.D. program uses Blackboard/Canvas, which is a Learning Management System for classes. Classes are conducted in synchronous and asynchronous modes depending on the professor and course.

Ph.D. students are required to attend Research Institute courses on the UMKC campus, during two consecutive summer semesters. These hands-on Institutes will last several days, however, students state they enjoy the face-to-face experience with both the faculty and their classmates.

With assistance from your faculty mentor, you will develop a plan of study and undertake coursework to support your research area. You will be required to take a variety of nursing courses, and also courses in a collaborative discipline that support your research interest. You will engage in scholarly activities throughout the program, such as conference presentations, and publications.

Our Ph.D. education is predicated on a strong relationship between the student and faculty throughout the curriculum. Our faculty members are committed to personal attention regardless of geography and are easily accessible.

We designed the graduate programs to give professionals flexibility.

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How Do I Apply?

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

Admission Requirements


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

*BSN to Ph.D. 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

Applications are processed in the order they are received. Earlier completion of your application increases the likelihood of early acceptance.


  • October 15, 2018 (for early decision/acceptance) to start coursework in January or June 2019 
  • February 15, 2019 (for regular acceptance) to start coursework in June 2019
  • June 15, 2019 (Fall 2019 start for Nurse Educator & Post-MSN Certificates ONLY) 

All required materials are due by 5 pm CST on the due date.

Application Checklist


  • UMKC Application and PHD Supplemental Application
  • UMKC Application fee and UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Application Fee
  • 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 professional reference

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What Other Options Are Available?

Learn more about our other online nursing programs:

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