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PhD Nursing

The PhD in Nursing at University of Arizona is ideal for the student who wants to focus on research in a clinical, academic, or scientific environment.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 3 years
Starting in: August
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States; Online

Students of the PhD in Nursing at University of Arizona may enter the PhD level of graduate study as a post-BSN student, as a student who has attained the master’s degree in nursing or a student who has attained a DNP. The PhD program is online with both part-time and full-time options.


The College of Nursing at the University of Arizona offers a variety of programs at the graduate level. Programs are available for students pursuing a first degree in nursing, as well as students interested in advancing in the professional as leaders, advanced practice nurses, and nurse researchers. Please visit the College of Nursing’s website for detailed information about our college, faculty and programs.

There are limits on coursework that can be counted toward more than one degree earned by the student at the University of Arizona or elsewhere.

  • If a student counts credits from a UA master’s degree towards a UA Ph.D., then additional transfer credit may be limited to ensure that some UA coursework is taken while in the doctoral program. Thesis credits used for a master’s degree cannot count toward the Ph.D. course credit requirements.
  • Up to 30 units of credit counted toward one or more master’s degrees earned at UA or elsewhere may be counted toward the Ph.D requirements.
  • No course may be counted toward the requirements for more than two degrees (earned at UA or elsewhere).
  • No course counted toward a bachelor’s degree may be counted toward Ph.D requirements.
  • A student earning two UA doctoral degrees may use up to 9 units of coursework toward both doctoral degrees (as long as courses were not used toward any other degree).

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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

Andrew Wojtanowski // MS 2016