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Online DNP to PhD Program

The Duquesne University School of Nursing values the education you received in your DNP program that prepared you to use the evidence to improve patient care and practice. Our PhD in Nursing program will allow you to augment your DNP education and conduct research related to your DNP Project.

Program Details

This program takes approximately two-and-a-half years to complete and is a total of 38 credits (29 credits coursework plus nine credits of dissertation).


Residency 1: Doctoral Week (May of Year 1)

Every student admitted to the PhD program is required to come to campus for the first residency, usually held during the third week of May. This week includes an orientation to the PhD program and provides an opportunity for students to meet faculty and participate in live classes for the courses in which they are enrolled that summer.

Residency 2: Topic Approval and Writing Intensive (May of Year 2)

This residency is scheduled during doctoral week of the second year of the program. Students attend the three-day intensive writing workshop.

Residency 3: Study Abroad (Summer of Year 2)

Students enrolled in both GPNG 923 Methods of Scientific Inquiry II and GPNG 903 Measurement Issues take part of the course as a study abroad experience (10-14 days) in locations such as Dublin, Ireland, where students have housing at the Duquesne University Ireland campus. Please note that any tuition discounts that graduate students receive are not applicable to study abroad courses.

Residency 4: Dissertation Final Defense

Students are required to come to campus for the final public defense of their dissertation.

Please Note These Important Dates

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Application Cycle: July 1 - February 1

Apply any time between July 1 and February 1.

No GRE or application fee required.

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Program Start

The program begins in May with the start of the summer semester. You can find exact start dates on the University's academic calendar.

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Graduate Student Handbook
University Graduate Catalog
Technology Requirements