Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Loyola University Chicago’s PhD in Nursing program prepares nurse scholars to improve human health through the development and expansion of knowledge. 

As a graduate of the program, you will be prepared to initiate a beginning program of research; incorporate social, cultural, political, economic, and ethical considerations into nursing scholarship and practice; and assume leadership roles in nursing research, education, practice and/or administration in order to improve the health of society. As a member of the international community of scholars, you’ll also be part of furthering the Jesuit mission through the generation and dissemination of knowledge in the service of humanity.

  • The degree offers full-time enrollment and part-time enrollment
  • If a student enters the program with a BSN. allotted time to degree is 8 years
  • If a student enters the program with a MS/MSN, allotted time to degree is 6 years

The PhD in Nursing program is offered in a weekend format, with classes meeting on campus one weekend each month (Saturday–Sunday) during the course of the semester. Between each weekend class meeting, an online, synchronous class meeting is held.


Areas of study in the PhD in Nursing program include nursing science, preparation for the research role, philosophical and ethical foundations, and academic leadership role preparation. Coursework in elective and cognate areas focuses on developing depth and breadth of knowledge in a substantive area.
As part of your studies, you will also conduct research on a topic of your choice and complete a scholarly dissertation.

Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to assume leadership roles in research, education, clinical practice, and health care administration. Our PhD students have been successful in obtaining predoctoral fellowships and have distinguished themselves through postdoctoral fellowships and research supported through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.
Career services are available—learn more at LUC.edu/career.

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing has been successfully educating graduate nurses for more than 50 years. The School is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

  • Student organizations: Graduate Student Nursing Association (GSNA), Student Committee on InterProfessional Education (SCIPEC)

The graduate faculty members of Loyola University Chicago are nationally and internationally recognized through publications, presentations, research, and leadership in professional organizations. Niehoff School of Nursing faculty members have active programs of research in a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary concentrations.

All applicants must have a BSN or a MS/MSN degree and current U.S. nursing license.

Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

The School of Nursing has limited funds available for financial assistance. Visit LUC.edu/nursing/admission/tuition-finaid to learn more about these financial aid opportunities.

For questions or assistance regarding financial aid through the School of Nursing, contact us at 708.216.9101 or SchoolofNursing@luc.edu.

  Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.