Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Program Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy or PhD in Nursing is a research-oriented degree program. Students are exposed to nursing and interdisciplinary core research courses and have opportunities to learn with students from other disciplines. Students can enter the PhD program after completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN or equivalent) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP or equivalent) degree. The PhD program offers a part-time study option for all levels of entry. To graduate with a PhD, post-BSN students must complete a minimum of 68 credits; post-MSN students must complete a minimum of 50 credits; post-DNP students must complete a minimum of 30 credits. These part-time programs of study are offered to meet the needs of working students. Doctoral students collaborate with faculty advisors to select electives appropriate to their career choices. Doctoral coursework and dissertation research are based on a broad focal area that is critical to the future of nursing and practice: social determinants of health. The faculty and administration of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences believe that the University is a community of scholars. Its central aim is the commitment to search for and disseminate knowledge through scholarship, inquiry, and creative activities.


The PhD curriculum is designed to develop a research trajectory in one’s area of expertise. The purpose of the program is to prepare nurse scientists who, upon graduation, will assume leadership positions in research, education, and in healthcare systems.


In fulfilling the mission of the University, the PhD program will foster the development of a community of scholars grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition. The goals of the program are to prepare graduates as nursing scholars who:

  • Use multiple perspectives of knowing and practice to acknowledge multi-disciplinary contributions to knowledge generation and use of evidence-based research in practice;
  • Generate, test, utilize, and extend knowledge through relevant research and theory development and disseminate their findings to the broader nursing and scientific community;
  • Contribute to ethical solutions that advance health care in a culturally diverse global society through the formulation and implementation of strategies that serve the public interest;
  • Are informed by philosophical, social, cultural, ethical, technologic, economic, and political issues; and
  • Provide leadership in nursing with innovative solutions that positively influence regional, national, and/or global communities.

Domestic and International Students

These year-round part-time programs are designed to meet the needs of students who are able to complete 21 to 24 program credits annually through part-time study while maintaining outside employment.


Gaone Abbate PhD, MBA, RN

The selection of a doctoral program requires a great deal of research and deliberation. The program you select will shape your future as well as your role within the nursing profession. Identifying a doctoral program that aligns with your goals and meets your expectations involves the consideration of your personal and professional responsibilities. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing program at Barry University has impacted me in unimaginable ways.

The program is structured to provide a quality doctoral nursing education and allows students to effectively navigate their personal lives and professional commitments. The unwavering support provided by faculty is invaluable and ensures student success. The faculty always showed compassion, kindness and patience during my PhD journey. They provided me with endless guidance and instilled confidence in me that propelled my success within the program. Earning a PhD has opened many doors for my professional evolution and has led me to positions in nursing education that align with my career goals.

Gaone Abbate PhD, MBA, RN
Senior Manager, Health Care Accreditation and Regulation, Visiting Professor-FNP Track
Chamberlain University

Michael Greco, PhD, DNP, CRNA

The PhD education I received at Barry University transformed me from a DNP clinical nurse anesthetist to an Assistant Vice President leading the system’s nurse anesthesia practice for the largest health system on the Northeast. The faculty- diverse in research interests but unified by deep expertise- guided and mentored me into becoming a true nurse researcher. I feel lucky to have been a part of the Barry experience during my PhD work and truly thankful for the supportive environment provided throughout my studies.

Michael Greco, PhD, DNP, CRNA
Class of 2018