Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Mission and Purpose

The statement of mission for the University of Connecticut defines the institution as both the land-grant and the public research university of the State of Connecticut. As such, the potential range of university programs and activities is extremely broad. The mandate of the University is to be the center within the state for graduate and professional training, research, and public service. As a public university, the University of Connecticut must not only be responsive to the needs of society, but also be capable of anticipating such needs.

Within this context, the University has identified specific responsibilities associated with its mission. Among these is the concentration on the excellence of the graduate and advanced professional degree programs for which it has primary responsibilities in the public sector. These include doctoral degree programs in all fields.

The mission and goals of the School of Nursing mirror, complement, and enhance those of the University. The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide quality, public-university based nursing education at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education levels. The programs are designed to be responsive to the dynamic and changing health care needs of the people of the state, while using established nursing knowledge and creating and testing new nursing theory.

The purpose of the PhD program in Nursing at the University of Connecticut is to prepare nurse leaders who will advance the scientific body of knowledge that is unique to professional nursing practice. Education experiences are offered in nursing theory development, in philosophy of nursing science, in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and in advanced statistics. Study in a specialty area further supports the individuals area of clinical interest.

Writing Support for International Students

International Huskies Writing Assistance (IHWA) is a specialty resource to help graduate and undergraduate international students with writing. You may email IHWA a paper to have it edited by their team of writers. The writers will review the paper, make edits and include comments that will help you understand the editing suggestions and changes. From there, you must attend one of their two editing sessions and go over the edits one-on-one with an IHWA writer in order to receive your edited paper. Our sessions are Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in International Student and Scholar Services in McMahon Hall. Check in with the front desk upon arrival, and they will point you towards the center. If you are unavailable during those times IHWA can arrange to call you via Skype at a more convenient time.

If you have any questions or would like to submit a paper for editing, please email

Program Objectives

The PhD program in nursing is offered within the framework of the philosophy of the School of Nursing and is consistent with the University and Graduate School requirements. The doctoral program in nursing prepares learners who will:

  1. Advance philosophical and theoretical bases of nursing through creative scholarship by: a. Analyzing knowledge development and its influence on the past, present, and future of the nursing profession. b. Generating knowledge using empirical, ethical, esthetic and existential methods to support the philosophical and theoretical bases of nursing.
  2. Conduct independent inquiry that advances nursing science by: a. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods to study nursing phenomena. b. Evaluating philosophical bases and assumptions of varied research methods. c. Integrating knowledge and skills needed for securing competitive funding.
  3. Provide distinguished leadership in the resolution of significant health care issues by: a. Demonstrating expertise in applying nursing knowledge to the resolution of health care issues. b. Using decision making and problem solving processes to influence health care policy.

The PhD Program is located at:

University of Connecticut School of Nursing
231 Glenbrook Rd
Storrs, CT 06269-2026

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For more information:

E. Carol Polifroni, EdD, NEA-BC, CNE RN, ANEF
Interim PhD Program Director
Storrs Hall, Room 309
231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 2026
Storrs, CT 06269-2026

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