Nursing - Doctor of Philosophy

The intent of the nursing PhD program is to prepare individuals who can assume leadership roles in advancing the scholarship of teaching, research and professional service activities. The focus of the program is on nursing scholarship to facilitate development of new knowledge and nursing education directed at improving nursing care outcomes for individuals, families, communities and systems.

Admission to the PhD program is in accordance with the general regulations of the Graduate School. Additional requirements include:

  • a MSN from an accredited college or university;
  • successful completion of an upper division statistics course for the DNP program and a graduate level statistics course for the PhD program (taken within the last five years);
  • three professional letters of recommendation;
  • a letter stating personal goals for graduate education, writing exercise, interview with nursing faculty, resume identifying practice experience; and
  • proof of licensure or eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse in any of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories.

Students in the PhD program complete a Dissertation. All materials should be sent to the School of Nursing with Graduate School application materials placed in a separate envelope. Contact the PhD programs for full and part-time options.

Prefix Title Credits
Required Courses
NURS 601Theory I: Methods and Processes of Nursing Knowledge Development3
NURS 602Theory II: Contemporary Substantive Nursing Knowledge3
NURS 606Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research3
NURS 607Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research3
NURS 610Nursing Education: Pedagogy and Roles3
NURS 620Advanced Health Care Statistics I3
NURS 621Advanced Health Care Statistics II3
NURS 623Mixed Methods3
NURS 624Measurement in Culturally Diverse Border Populations3
NURS 630Issues in Studying Health of Culturally Diverse and Border Populations3
NURS 631Population Based Approaches to Health Promotion3
NURS 650Behaviorial Approaches and Determinants of Nursing and Health3
NURS 690Doctoral Nursing Seminar1-3
NURS 700Doctoral Dissertation21
Total Credits67-69

Those enrolled as PhD students have dissertation and non-dissertation options (check with advisor). All students must complete a written and oral examination after completing 41-47 credit hours.

New Mexico State University is a full member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements consortium (SARA). Students will need to check the SARA website ( before application to determine if NMSU has a reciprocity agreement with their home state before application is made.