Ph.D. Program

At this point in your career, you may be looking for a new challenge. You might want to:

  1. stretch your intellect and your analytical and research skills
  2. learn more about and work with diverse individuals, families, and groups from various walks of life
  3. discover contributing factors of an illness
  4. study the unique strengths individuals possess or strategies they use to keep themselves in optimal health
  5. assume a leadership role in an inpatient or community-based health care setting
  6. teach

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) represents the highest level of formal education for a career in research and the scholarship of discovery. It prepares scholars for the expression and communication of the knowledge base in the profession. The PhD graduate develops the science, stewards the profession, educates the next generation of nurses, defines its uniqueness, and maintains its professional integrity.

A Community of Scholars: Barry's Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.) Program can prepare you to assume these leadership and scholarship roles. At Barry, you will meet faculty and administration who believe the University is a community of scholars with a central aim of searching for and disseminating knowledge through study, reflection, inquiry, and creative activities.

Unique Positioning for a Current Approach: At Barry, you will take core courses in an interdisciplinary environment, completing contextual, methodological, and substantive coursework. Your course work will revolve around the focal area of multicultural health that is critical to the future of nursing science and practice.

Barry University is uniquely positioned to provide you with a framework for inquiry that is responsive to global trends and contemporary challenges in nursing and health care. Barry's mission as a Dominican university is grounded in a perspective that seeks justice, eschews prejudice, and embraces community service. In addition, the multicultural and multifaceted nature of South Florida's population allows you to explore and experience many of the current challenges and positive aspects of contemporary health care.


The PhD requires both mastering and extending the knowledge of the discipline through research. The Barry University PhD program in nursing prepares graduates to master the breadth of the discipline, as well as the depth of a particular area of related science. Our program provides an understanding of the environment within which nurses practice and prepare graduates to further the scholarship of the discipline. The core of the PhD program is an understanding of nursing and the development of competencies to expand science that supports the discipline and practice of nursing.

A hallmark of doctoral education is a highly individualized program of study that develops expertise in the core knowledge and methods of the discipline and depth in a selected area of research. In addition, programs should prepare graduates with skills in teaching, leadership, mentorship, and interdisciplinary communication. Expected outcomes of the PhD program in nursing are delineated in accordance with the AACN (2011) Research- Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence. They are as follows:

We invite you to join us in this worthy endeavor. You will work closely with faculty in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and other units across campus during your coursework as well as during your dissertation research. This supportive academic community has even resulted in opportunities for Barry students to present and publish their research and scholarship in competitive professional forums.

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