PhD Program


Emory's PhD program in Nursing is a fulltime, intense learning experience designed to develop the next generation of nurse scientists who will change the face of health care. Emory prepares doctoral students to meet the challenges of today's fast-paced health care environment by giving students unparalleled opportunities to impact research, teaching, and patient care. Our doctoral program is highly selective and provides enhanced mentorship between faculty and students.


For admission to the PhD program in nursing, Emory University seeks highly qualified applicants with the discipline and motivation prerequisite to interdisciplinary research.


  • Completed application
  • Submission of a personal statement that describes the applicant's vision for what they want to study, who they want to study with, and why they want to study at Emory
  • 3 recommendations
  • Satisfactory GRE scores within 5 years
  • Satisfactory TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • World Education Services (WES) report (if applicable)
  • Students entering with a BSN and intending to pursue NP or nurse-midwifery certification must be eligible for licensure as RN in Georgia by the end of the first year of study.

*As of September 1, 2013, undergraduate or graduate level epidemiology and graduate level statistics are no longer required as prerequisites for the PhD program.

The deadline for applications to the PhD Program in Nursing is January 3rd for fall admission. Click here to begin the application process.


The doctoral program consists of required courses in the sciences, research, and electives designed to give students grounding in their areas of research specialization. In addition to research coursework, the program provides mentored research practica during the first two years, prior to preparing for dissertation research.

The standard curriculum for students entering with a masters degree is described below:: 

Year 1
Students take a range of courses designed to give them a foundation in research methods and theory.

Year 2
Students take a mix of required courses and elective courses in their area of interest, and begin work with an advisor to develop a research project that will lead to a dissertation. In the summer after their second year, students take a comprehensive examination to demonstrate that they are ready to pursue research in nursing. They also present their dissertation proposal to the Nursing faculty for approval. Students will take required didactic and practical courses related to teaching  and mentored classroom teaching experience.

Years 3+
Students conduct research and complete their dissertations.


Emory nursing faculty are committed to supporting learning and discovery for doctoral nursing students. The faculty is comprised of renowned scholars with a diverse range of expertise in areas such as:

Emory nursing faculty are known for providing exceptional research support to doctoral candidates. To learn more about our nursing faculty,

Tuition and Merit Awards

Full-Tuition Scholarships
All full-time admitted students are granted full tuition waiver and receive an annual stipend in exchange for teaching and research services. These awards are renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance, for a total of two years. Faculty and students work together to identify and apply for National Institutes for Health's National Research Service Award and other fellowships for subsequent funding.

Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity Program (TATTO)
Doctoral students must participate in the Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity Program (TATTO), offered through the Laney Graduate School. The program includes a series of workshops and courses providing instruction in pedagogy and related issues, as well as a mentored and progressively more independent sequence of teaching opportunities. The teaching experience is tailored to the experiences and goals of the student and aids in strengthening the educator role.

T32 Predoctoral Fellowships
The School of Nursing offers a research training program for selected predoctoral students to focus on developing and testing interventions to improve health outcomes of persons with or at risk for chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and neurological diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, HIV-AIDS, and asthma/COPD. Individuals selected as fellows in this training program receive a monthly stipend, tuition assistance, benefit assistance, assistance for professional travel, and modest funds to support research related expenses. Click here for more information about the School of Nursing's T32 predoctoral fellowships.