Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

UConn SON Graduate Programs

Where ideas are nurtured and grow . . .
Where research becomes reality . . .
Where scholars inspire new initiatives in health care.

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.


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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.

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Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA)

The AACN launched the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) last year to provide an array of programs, services, and resources to nursing students enrolled in our master’s and doctoral programs. The GNSA is focused on serving the professional development needs of graduate nursing students as they prepare for future careers as faculty members, researchers, advanced practice registered nurses, policy experts, healthcare administrators, and other roles in nursing leadership. For more info, visit

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:

Jacqueline McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship
Admission and Enrollment Services
Augustus Storrs Hall, Rooms 109 & 116
231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 2026 Storrs, CT 06269-2026

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