Doctor of Philosophy

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Program Overview

The UIC’s College of Nursing is consistently in the top ten nursing colleges most funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Joining the UIC’s College of Nursing for doctoral work allows you the opportunity to learn from and conduct research with nationally and internationally acclaimed leaders. The CON faculty are on the cutting edge of research in maternal and child health, women’s health, life-threatening disease and traumatic injury, management of disease and illness, healthcare services and delivery, end of life transitions, and health disparities. 

The doctoral program emphasizes strong mentoring relationships between student scholars and faculty advisors to allow an individualized program of study. Biological, bio-behavioral core laboratory facilities as well as the Office of Research Facilitation provide research support for faculty and student research teams. 

There are two routes of entry into the PhD program: Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Master’s. The post-baccalaureate curriculum gives students with a Bachelor’s degree the option of bypassing the Master’s degree and moving directly through the program to obtain the PhD degree. 

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is only offered at the Chicago campus. Students are only admitted once a year, prior to the upcoming fall semester. 

CIC Traveling Scholar Program

Sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the CIC Traveling Scholar Program enables doctoral students to take advantage of educational opportunities (specialized courses, unique library collections, and unusual laboratories) at the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago.

Admissions Requirements

ALL APPLICANTS

Admission is based on the applicants’ academic background, research interests, and availability of suitable faculty expertise for mentorship. The following minimum admission criteria must be met for full consideration for admission into the Post-Baccalaureate or the Post-Master’s PhD programs:

  • Students applying to the Post-Baccalaureate option must have a BSN from a CCNE or NLN accredited program or a baccalaureate degree in another field plus an RN license.
    Students applying to the Post-Master’s option must have a Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program or a BSN from a CCNE or NLN accredited program and a Master’s degree outside of nursing.
  • License to practice as a professional nurse in at least one political jurisdiction. 
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Applicants with less than a cumulative 3.25/4.00 GPA in their baccalaureate (or higher) degree are required to submit GRE scores by the application deadline. Cumulative GPA’s are pulled directly from the transcripts submitted.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

The UIC considers any student who currently holds a visa of any type or is seeking a visa to be international. Even if you do not require a student (F or J) visa to attend UIC, you are viewed as an international applicant. Most policies which apply to those seeking student visas will apply to holders of other types of visas. Please visit the Office of Admissions International Requirements webpage for details on all additional admission requirements and processing.

AFTER ADMISSION

If admitted and upon submitting an enrollment deposit, all students are required to provide proof of current nursing license and documentation of immunizations, background check results, drug screenings, HIPAA training, CPR certification. Please visit the College of Nursing Practicum Requirements webpage for specific requirements for each program. All immunization and compliance requirements must be met prior to registering for courses. Additionally, New Student Orientation is required of all newly admitted students. Orientation information and details will be included in the admissions packets from the College of Nursing.

International applicants: The UIC requires all admitted international students to submit detailed financial statements before a Form I-20/DS-2019 can be processed. These statements should include the amounts and sources of funds available for educational expenses in the United States equivalent to their first year’s tuition and living expenses. Please visit the Office of International Services webpage for more information.

Degree Requirements

The College of Nursing PhD degree requirements vary by entry route (Post-Baccalaureate, Post-Master’s). The PhD requires a minimum of 96 semester hours: 32 semester hours earned in the prior Master’s degree; and 64 semester hours in the course courses, advanced courses and independent research earned in the doctoral program (48 semester hours must be taken at UIC). Individual program plans are created by a faculty advisor upon admission into the program. Please see sample program plans below:

Post-Master's

Post-Master’s PhD Degree Requirements

Course #

Course Name

Semester Hours

NURS 570

 Philosophy of Science for Health Research

3

NURS 571

Theory and Theory development for Nursing Research

3

varies

Advanced Statistics (or equivalent theoretical mathematics will be accepted)

6

NURS 572

Advanced Research Design

4

NURS 573

Measurement in Health Research

4

NUPR 593

Advanced Research Practicum

3

varies

Advanced Coursework (can include 400-500 level courses)

14

NURS 585

Advanced Research Seminars

2

NURS 590

Leadership in Scientific Careers

1

Documented Teaching Requirement

NURS 599

PhD Thesis Research

24

TOTAL PhD DEGREE

64 SH

 

Post-Baccalaureate

Post-Baccalaureate PhD Degree Requirements

Course #

Course Name

Semester Hours

NURS 570

 Philosophy of Science for Health Research

3

NURS 571

Theory and Theory development for Nursing Research

3

varies

Advanced Statistics Courses must form a sequence and two of the three courses must be at a level above NURS 525: Intermediate Statistics or BSTT 400: Biostatistics. (NURS 525 or the equivalent is a prerequisite for NURS 572)

9

NURS 572

Advanced Research Design

4

NURS 573

Measurement in Health Research

4

NUPR 593

Advanced Research Practicum

3

varies

Research Methods – Courses such as NUEL 544: Qualitative Research, NUEL 562: Primary Healthcare Research Methods, or similar courses from other disciplines. Students may also need to take a foundational graduate-level research course as a prerequisite for NURS 570.

9

varies

Advanced Coursework (can include 400-500 level courses)

32

varies

Graduate Level Health Policy Course

2

NURS 585

Advanced Research Seminars

2

NURS 590

Leadership in Scientific Careers

1

Documented Teaching Requirement

NURS 599

PhD Thesis Research

24

TOTAL PhD DEGREE

96 SH

How to Apply

Application Deadline: December 1

Applicants must submit all required materials by posted by the December 1 deadline in order to be reviewed. The application is available at 

http://applygrad.uic.edu

Application Materials

All required materials must be completed per application instructions. Hard copy or e-mailed documents will NOT be accepted. Required pieces include:

Academic Credentials/Transcripts

  • UIC Graduate and Professional applicants must scan and upload copies of official transcripts directly to the application. Do NOT mail or e-mail transcripts directly to the College of Nursing nor to the UIC Admissions Office.
  • Credentials may be uploaded as a single or multi-page standard PDF, or each page as a JPEG, PNG or TIFF image file. 
  • Additional credentials will be requested by Office of Admissions staff if submitted documents are insufficient, incorrect or illegible, which will result in an incomplete application status.
  • Please address any transcript questions directly to Admissions at 312-996-7800 or uicgrad@uic.edu

Resume or Curriculum Vitae – must be uploaded directly to the application

Nursing Supplement

Please complete each prompt below in the Nursing Supplement section of the application. Once the application is submitted, applicants cannot return to edit essay responses.

  • What are your short and long term professional goals?
  • How will a PhD assist you in attaining your career and educational goals? Why did you select UIC?
  • Comment on your qualification and readiness for doctoral study, especially at a research-intensive college of nursing. Describe your experience(s) with research.
  • What is the area of scientific inquiry you are interested and why?
  • The mission of the UIC College of Nursing is to transform health, health care, and policy through knowledge generation and translation, and education of future leaders from diverse backgrounds. Our vision is to be a preeminent leader in advancing global health and nursing. Please comment on how you can contribute to the UIC mission and vision as a student and future alumnus.
  • What do you see as the major challenges that you will need to overcome (i.e., financial constraints, family responsibilities, analytical or statistical skills) in pursuing an DNP? What are your plans for addressing these challenges?
  • What does it mean to have a commitment to diversity and how would you develop and apply your commitment to diversity at UIC?

Three Letters of Recommendation -Applicants will enter the names and e-mail address for each reference. Each reference will then receive an e-mail with a link to the College of Nursing Recommendation form. Please inform each reference that they must submit the Nursing Recommendation Form – the system does not allow references the option of uploading a separate letter.

College of Nursing interview – All applicants will be contacted by the College of Nursing for an application interview.  The interview is a required part of the application process.  Applicants who do not sign up for an interview will not be considered for admission.

Please be sure to read any e-mails sent to you by the UIC Admissions Office.  If there is a problem with any of your documents, Admissions will contact you to remind you to re-submit the document in question.

International Applicants

Additional materials are required of International applicants, including:

  • TOEFL OR IELTS scores 
  • University or college issued transcripts or mark sheets for all undergraduate work in the original language 
  • University or college issued transcripts or mark sheets for all post-baccalaureate work in the original language 
  • Certified English translation of all credentials 
  • Proof of all degrees awarded

Upon recommendation for admission from the College of Nursing, international applicants will be required to supply evidence of financial support for the first year of study. Visit the Office of Admissions’ International Admission Requirements for further explanation of requirements.

Admissions Decision Timeline

We will be conducting interviews for PhD applicants on Wednesday, January 17 and Friday, January 19.  All applicants are required to interview with our faculty in order to be considered.  Only applicants who have submitted all required application materials and who meet our minimum admission criteria will be invited to interview.  The interview sign-up link will be sent out in mid-December.

Disclosures & Appeals

Nondiscrimination Statement

The commitment of the University of Illinois to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms.

The University of Illinois will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran and will comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in the University programs and activities. 

University complaint and grievance procedures provide employees and students with the means for the resolution of complaints that allege a violation of this Statement. Members of the public should direct their inquiries or complaints to the appropriate equal opportunity office. 

Policy Council 

Revised May 31, 2005 

For additional information or assistance with the equal opportunity, affirmative action, and harassment policies and procedures of the University of Illinois at Chicago, please contact: 

Office for Access and Equity (M/C 602) 
717 Marshfield Avenue Building 
809 South Marshfield Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60612-7207 
Phone: 312.996.8670 

Grievance Procedures

UIC is committed to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity involving students and employees. Freedom from discrimination is a foundation for all decision making at UIC. Students are encouraged to study the University's "Nondiscrimination Statement". Students are also urged to read the document "Public Formal Grievance Procedures". Information on these policies and procedures is available on the University web pages of the Office of Access and Equity: http://oae.uic.edu/

Appeals

Although a reversal of an initial decision is unlikely, an applicant may appeal a denial of admission. Appeals may be submitted only by the applicant and must contain significant new information that was not part of the original application. This does not include grades received after the after application deadline or missing application materials (including late recommendations). 

If an applicant chooses to appeal, the appeal must specify the decision being challenged and the basis or bases for that challenge, and must request a specific remedy.  Appeals must be in the form of a written request to the College of Nursing. Further details can be found on the Graduate College's University Regulations website. 

International Applicants

Additional materials are required of International applicants, including:

  • TOEFL OR IELTS scores 
  • University or college issued transcripts or mark sheets for all undergraduate work in the original language 
  • University or college issued transcripts or mark sheets for all post-baccalaureate work in the original language 
  • Certified English translation of all credentials 
  • Proof of all degrees awarded

Upon recommendation for admission from the College of Nursing, international applicants will be required to supply evidence of financial support for the first year of study. Visit the Office of Admissions’ International Admission Requirements for further explanation of requirements.

Disclosures & Appeals

Nondiscrimination Statement

The commitment of the University of Illinois to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms.

The University of Illinois will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran and will comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in the University programs and activities. 

University complaint and grievance procedures provide employees and students with the means for the resolution of complaints that allege a violation of this Statement. Members of the public should direct their inquiries or complaints to the appropriate equal opportunity office. 

Policy Council 

Revised May 31, 2005 

For additional information or assistance with the equal opportunity, affirmative action, and harassment policies and procedures of the University of Illinois at Chicago, please contact: 

Office for Access and Equity (M/C 602) 
717 Marshfield Avenue Building 
809 South Marshfield Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60612-7207 
Phone: 312.996.8670 

Grievance Procedures

UIC is committed to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity involving students and employees. Freedom from discrimination is a foundation for all decision making at UIC. Students are encouraged to study the University's "Nondiscrimination Statement". Students are also urged to read the document "Public Formal Grievance Procedures". Information on these policies and procedures is available on the University web pages of the Office of Access and Equity: http://oae.uic.edu/

Appeals

Although a reversal of an initial decision is unlikely, an applicant may appeal a denial of admission. Appeals may be submitted only by the applicant and must contain significant new information that was not part of the original application. This does not include grades received after the after application deadline or missing application materials (including late recommendations). 

If an applicant chooses to appeal, the appeal must specify the decision being challenged and the basis or bases for that challenge, and must request a specific remedy.  Appeals must be in the form of a written request to the College of Nursing. Further details can be found on the Graduate College's University Regulations website.