Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


The traditional Ph.D. 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, a 1 to 2 hour online, synchronous class meeting is held.

Full or part-time study is possible. Students entering post-baccalaureate must complete the program (including dissertation) in eight years from the date of initial matriculation.  Pre-PhD Coursework for BSN to PhD program listed below.

Students entering with a master's degree must complete the program (including dissertation) in six years from the date of initial matriculation.

Most courses are held at the Lake Shore Campus or at the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Ill.


masters to phd program
Sample Program of Study (Full-time)

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Year 1
GNUR 432 (3): Philosophical Bases of Nursing Science
GNUR 500 (3): Conceptual Inquiry
[Advanced statistics is a pre-requisite to the PhD program.  RMTD 404 must be taken Fall Y1 if advanced statistics was not completed prior to entering the program]
GNUR 501 (3): Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
GNUR 512 (3): Quantitative Methods and Design for Nursing Research
Introduction to Linear Models (3)
GNUR 513 (3): Qualitative Methods
GNUR 540 (3): Philosophy of Nursing: Nursing as a Moral Practice
Year 2
GNUR 519 (3): Measurement in Nursing Research
Categorical Data Analysis (3)
GNUR 544 (3): Nursing and Health Policy
GNUR 542 (1): Grant Writing
GNUR 532 (2-3): Research Intership (Scheduled by advisor)
GNUR 509 (3): Teaching in Nursing
Year 3
GNUR 610: Qualifying Examination
GNUR 510 (3): Teaching Practicum
GNUR 600: Dissertation Supervision
GNUR 600: Dissertation Supervision
Year 4
GNUR 600: Dissertation Supervision
GNUR 600: Dissertation Supervision



A BSN to PhD option is available.  Please contact admission for more details.