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Ph.D. in Nursing

Seton Hall University's Ph.D. in Nursing  program offers a rigorous, research-intensive curriculum tailored for advancing nurse scientists and educators.

Emphasizing both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, our program is crafted to foster significant contributions to nursing research and education. With comprehensive coverage of teaching pedagogy, curricular innovation, and evaluative metrics, students are primed for instructional excellence in nursing education. 

FAQs about our Ph.D. in Nursing Program

  • Flexibility: The program is offered synchronous online or in person, accommodating diverse student needs.
  • Duration: Typically completed in 3-5 years, accommodating full- or part-time students.
  • Career Prospects: Graduates excel as nurse researchers, educators, healthcare leaders and policy advisors.
  • Distinctive Edge: Our program is renowned for its scholarly rigor, educator preparation, versatile delivery modes, expert faculty, and a collaborative academic atmosphere.

Seton Hall University’s Ph.D. in Nursing program has an impressive record, with four major hospitals in New Jersey currently led by its graduates. This prestigious Ph.D. nursing program allows students to steer their research according to their interests, supported by a faculty renowned for their scholarship and research capabilities. The nursing Ph.D. program enhances professional qualifications and positions graduates to lead and innovate in healthcare.

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  • 42 credits for the Ph.D. degree
  • 84 % Full-time Faculty with Doctoral Degrees
  • 12 % Male Graduate Nursing Students
  • 1,637 Nursing Faculty Vacancies in U.S. per AACN
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Ph.D. in Nursing

Faculty, alumna and current students speak about the distinctive attributes of the Ph.D. in Nursing program at Seton Hall.

Lisa Summers-Gibson, Ph.D. ’19

“When looking for a Ph.D. program, I wanted an authentic, transformational Ph.D. journey. Seton Hall stood out from other programs because they offer a rigorous program where students learn both quantitative and qualitative research in a smaller class environment where we received focused attention that enhanced our learning.”

Lisa Summers-Gibson, Ph.D. ’19
Administrative Director, Practice & Innovation at Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic


The Ph.D. curriculum develops knowledge in nursing science and research methods, culminating in developing and conducting original research. Our distinguished faculty teach and mentor students, leading them through research-focused courses. Students may take classes within the College of Nursing or from select offerings in Seton Hall's other schools and colleges with permission from the program director. Throughout the program, each student identifies a research concentration, which culminates in a doctoral dissertation focused on theory development and testing in academic research, clinical practice or healthcare administration. 

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Our faculty members are the backbone of the College of Nursing. They connect with other professional nurses - both nationally and internationally - to stay at the forefront of nursing practice. They actively conduct research at Seton Hall, all while working with students to help them reach their full potential.

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Seton Hall Nursing Professor, Bonnie Sturm posing
Bonnie Sturm
Associate Professor
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Where Nurses are Inspired to Become Leaders

Seton Hall University's College of Nursing has a mission to educate practitioners of nursing - from baccalaureate-prepared generalists to advanced practitioners - who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession. The college established its graduate program in 1975, its Ph.D. program in 2006 and its Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2009. U.S. News & World Report ranks the College's graduate nursing programs among the top nursing programs nationwide.

Contact Us

  • Gabby Zengewald, MA
  • Director of Graduate Admissions and Compliance
  • [email protected]
  • (973) 761-9583

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