Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Nursing

Georgia State University
Degree Level Doctoral
Total Credit Hours 60
Per Credit Hour Cost $404.00

Program Description

The Ph.D. program in Nursing at Georgia State University prepares nurse scholars and researchers to make tangible and socially relevant contributions to both the profession and the larger society. Participants in the program develop and maintain an active, dialogical learning community where faculty and students are co-learners. In this environment, education is a mutually evocative conversation where knowledge is critically examined and analyzed while new knowledge and meanings are generated. Through participation in the doctoral program, learners are expected to expand their abilities to: 1. Plan and implement nursing research that is socially relevant in the 21st century. 2. Link theory and research to the promotion of health in vulnerable populations. 3. Analyze the relationships among human-environment interactions and health promotion, protection, and restoration. 4. Examine issues such as race, gender and class in conducting research. 5. Explore, develop, and apply diverse modes of inquiry to the discipline of nursing.

Admissions Information

IN ADDITION TO AN APPLICATION FORM, THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED: 1. Two transcripts from each college and/or university attended, except from Georgia State University. Transcripts are required regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. You will collect and submit all unopened transcripts. If needed, Transcript Request forms can be downloaded.If the applicant is enrolled in another graduate program at Georgia State University, she/he may complete a Request for Transfer of Records in their current college's graduate admissions office. If the applicant has attended Georgia State University in an undergraduate status, all transcripts, except Georgia State's, must be sent; these transcripts are not available for our use. 2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume to include education, work experience, professional development, professional and/or community activities, and research and publications. Nursing license state and number should be listed. 3. Statement of Goals regarding doctoral study. Please include your name and social security number, if available, on this document. 4. A two-page Position Paper on a current social or health issue. 5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of your professional, intellectual and academic abilities. At least one letter should be from an academic reference. Each letter remains unopened with the recommender's signature across the seal. 6. Photocopy of your GRE score (see below). 7. Foreign Student Financial Statement (for international applicants seeking a student visa). See International Applicants document. The following items are needed but not included in the packet you mail to the Office of Academic Assistance. 1. Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. The recommended minimum score on Verbal and Quantitative sections is 1000. The score should be sent directly to Georgia State University from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Scores cannot be more than five years old from the desired semester of entry. We recommend that you take the GRE no later than two months prior to the application deadline. The correct institution code for Georgia State University is 5251. A department code is not used. If you have an official copy of your GRE scores, please send a photocopy with your application. While a photocopy is not acceptable for admission and we must still receive official scores from ETS, a photocopy can help expedite the processing of your application. Visit the GRE website at or call 1-800-GRE-CALL for information and registration. 2. Certificate of Immunization. This is required for accepted applicants who have never attended Georgia State University. If admitted, you must submit this form to Georgia State University Health Services prior to registration. The form can be printed from 3. Official TOEFL score (for applicants whose native language is not English). If available, please include a copy of your TOEFL score in your application packet. 4. International credential evaluation (for applicants who have completed any education outside the U.S.). See International Applicants document.