Important Step-by-step Instructions for Students
Completion of Proposal Checklist
Dissertation Defense Checklist
Doctoral Student Handbook
Faculty Process for Routing Doctoral Documents
General Exam Checklist
PhD General Exam Guidelines and Rating Form
Dissertation Chapters Outline
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
For more information:
Jacqueline McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
PhD Program Director
Storrs Hall, Room 313D
231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 2026
Storrs, CT 06269-2026