Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD)

Earn your Ph.D. at Texas Woman's University and you’ll receive the advanced nursing knowledge, investigative aptitude, and management skills needed to earn a spot at the leadership table for health care whether it’s in a hospital, clinical, or classroom setting.

If you already have your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and are looking for a DNP-PhD Bridge program, we offer that for you.

See DNP-PhD Bridge

Texas Woman's University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (Ph.D.) program is for the nurse ready to assume or further a leadership position. A Ph.D. demonstrates ability to integrate nursing knowledge with that of other health care disciplines to research and solve problems as well as to teach and mentor other nurses.

Realizing that students have different needs and varying learning styles, TWU offers two formats for earning a Ph.D. in Nursing Science. At the Denton campus, the Ph.D. program is offered 100% online and has received the Quality Matters Implementation Plan award for online learning.

A hybrid program incorporating both face-to-face and online classes is available at our Houston campus. In both campus formats, students may attend either full time or part time.

Degree Plan

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. in Nursing

Program Contacts

Dr. Sandra Cesario
Director, Ph.D. Program

Application Deadline
February 1, every year

Admission Requirements

  • Current U.S. RN license (unencumbered) and a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
    • Nursing credentials for international students will be assessed individually.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing or bachelor’s degree in related field and entry-level nursing master’s degree.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate study and a minimum 3.0 GPA for all prior graduate work.
  • Graduate-level research course*
  • Graduate-level nursing theory course*

*Provisional admission may be granted to students who have not taken a master’s level nursing theory and/or research course. Unconditional admission will be granted upon completing a master’s level nursing theory and/or research course with a minimum grade of B.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School and submit official transcripts to the Office of Admission Processing. 
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate PFD files in ONE email to the Ph.D. Program Director or Associate Director with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME)-Ph.D. in Nursing. Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Curriculum vita or resume
    • A scholarly essay (1,000-1,500 word limit) that describes:
      1. Professional goals
      2. How a Ph.D. will help achieve professional goals
      3. Potential area of research interest
      4. How TWU is a match for your research interest, and
      5. Accomplishments or experiences that you are proud of
  3. Two academic or professional references should submit letters of recommendation as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to the Ph.D. Program Director or Associate Director. Recommenders should include student name and "Ph.D. in Nursing" in the subject line.


Sandra Cesario, PhD, RNC, FAAN
Director, PhD Program 

Page last updated 12:08 PM, May 4, 2022