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Program Description

Rutgers offers the only Nursing PhD program at a public university in the state of New Jersey. Since 1989, this research-focused program at Rutgers School of Nursing prepares nurse scientists with, and for, communication of the knowledge base in the nursing profession. Our PhD graduates develop the science, steward the nursing discipline, explore perplexing patient problems; educate the next generation of nurses; create evidence-based practices; discover innovative clinical interventions; test strategies to improve health, manage chronic illness, reduce disability and enhance quality of life; increase patient safety and care quality; shape health policy; reduce health disparities; lead interdisciplinary teams to improve the health care system; and to add to the nursing profession’s valuable body of knowledge.


Rula Btoush, PhD, RN, Interim Graduate Program Director

Ackerson Hall - Rm. 202

180 University Ave. 

Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 973-353-1061


Website: PhD Nursing

Additional Information

At Rutgers, our faculty members are recognized leaders ready to support you in your research interests. With active, funded research agendas of their own, they offer the guidance and practical advice you need to begin exploring your work. 

General Information

Degree Offered: PhD
Part Time Study Available: Yes

Degree Credit Requirements

 66 credits

Career Opportunities 

  • Lead healthcare organizations

  • Research Director in healthcare organizations

  • Director of Clinical Services in healthcare organizations

  • Industry research scientist

  • Public administration

  • Government or policy organization

  • Higher Education (faculty, administrator, Dean)

  • Executive director/CEO in major national organizations

  • Program evaluation

  • Health advocacy organization

  • Health care information technology corporations

  • Research Institutes

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Basic statistics course in past 5 years - BSN for post BS pathway - MSN or related healthcare field masters (e.g. MPH) for postmasters pathway - GRE within past 5 years - TOEFL

Transcripts - Personal statement  - Writing sample - Resume/CV - 3 letters of support - In-person interview



DEADLINE: April 15th

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