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This Doctor of Nursing (PhD) program is a research-focused degree that prepares nurse scientists for research-intensive academic careers.

The curriculum delves into the evaluation of both behavioral and biological theories related to health and illness. You'll gain the expertise to design and conduct rigorous clinical nursing studies that investigate the effectiveness of healthcare interventions within specific communities.

By choosing Augusta University's College of Nursing for your doctoral studies, you'll be joining a program renowned for its groundbreaking research in critical areas such as health disparities, cardiovascular risk reduction, and cancer prevention and control.

Nursing is for you if you consider yourself

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Analytical and Strategic
Helpful and Nurturing


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Nursing PhD Program


What You'll Study


Students in Augusta University’s Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Nursing program will complete 81 credit hours, including a minimum of 18 dissertation credit hours.

A minimum of three years of full-time attendance, or four years of part-time attendance, is required.

Curriculum | Admissions Criteria | Tuition and Fees | Application Deadlines

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Graduate School Advantage

Augusta University's graduate programs are among the best in the nation – and the world – and our graduate students are our most valuable assets. To ensure that our students earn more than a degree, the Graduate School offers a range of opportunities so they can develop the leadership, communication and personal skills needed for a rewarding life and academic, research or professional career.

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About the Graduate School

Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

Augusta University is home to several research centers and institutes, including the Center for Nursing Research, the Georgia Cancer Center, the Center for Healthy Aging and the Georgia Prevention Institute.

Graduate assistantships, including research and teaching assistantships, provide financial assistance while providing valuable teaching or research experience.

Community partnerships like the Costa-Layman Health Fair and the Healthy Grandparents Program give students opportunities to participate in health-oriented community service.


Research Assistance

The Center for Nursing Research helps facilitate faculty and student efforts to obtain external funding to support research or educational and service demonstration projects.


Loan Program

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program helps students cover educational costs, and eligible students can have up to 85% of this loan forgiven while serving as a full-time nurse faculty member at an accredited nursing school.


The program is designed with a research focus and emphasizes interdisciplinary knowledge development through collaboration with faculty mentors in nursing and related disciplines.

Advanced Facilities

State-of-the-art technology abounds on the Health Sciences Campus, including at the Interdisciplinary Simulation Center, where students can advance their research interests in exciting ways.

Your Future

Career Options

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for medical scientists is projected to rise much faster than average through 2031.

In 2021, the median pay for a medical scientist was $95,310 per year.


Student Stories

As the healthcare environment rapidly changes, PhD prepared nurses are uniquely prepared to generate knowledge leading to vital clinical change. 

Steven Waldrop


I believe every day I have a purpose, and completing this degree increases my capabilities to serve, impact positive outcomes, and increase success for individuals at our University and the community at large.

Shelli Larkin


Admissions Criteria at a Glance

GPA: A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 a 4.0 scale and a minimum overall graduate GPA of a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

Degree Requirement: Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) from an accredited program and an accredited college or university. A Master’s degree or higher with a major in nursing (MSN, MN, DNP) alone may fulfill the minimum degree requirement.

Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Unofficial transcripts from US colleges and universities can be used in the admissions review process in lieu of official transcripts for this program.

Standardized Test Requirements: None are required for this program.

Prerequisite Coursework: 3 credit hours in statistics or biostatistics with a "B" or higher.

Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations from three individuals must be submitted through the application portal.

Resume or CV: Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae within the application portal.

Writing Samples: An essay addressing experience and autobiographical information as well as an original paper reflecting research ability must be submitted within the application portal.

Licensure: Nurse applicants must currently hold an unrestricted RN license and be eligible for an unrestricted RN license in the state of Georgia.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen: Completion of criminal background check (CBC) and drug screen with results deemed satisfactory.

International Students: Please review the verification process for international transcripts and the english proficiency requirement.

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Please visit the Graduate School for detailed admission criteria and important application process information.

Application Deadlines

Fall '24 Priority Deadline

  • May 15, 2024

Fall '24 Application Deadline

  • August 11, 2023 - June 15, 2024

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. The program does not accept applications after the published application deadline, however the program will continue to accept application materials up to 2 weeks after the application deadline.  

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-20 for F-1 student status or Form DS-2019 for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status cannot be issued by Augusta University for enrollment in this hybrid program per U.S. immigration regulations. Questions? Please email International & Postdoctoral Services Office at

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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

Opportunities to engage in groundbreaking research in areas like cancer, health disparities and diabetes and epigenetics prepare you for research-intensive careers in academia.

Scholarships, assistantships and loan programs make the program financially accessible.

Community partnerships provide valuable experience while giving you the chance to improve health outcomes for a variety of communities.

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Augusta University celebrates its outstanding faculty

"I feel very blessed to be recognized for these efforts, especially when there are so many at this University who are doing such great things."

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Endowment established to honor memory of ‘nurse’s nurse’ 

"She will always remain a giant to me as a role model for nursing," said Jeannette Andrews, PhD.

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Beth NeSmith, PhD, named dean of AU’s College of Nursing

“I am grateful for this honor and ready to begin, as it is indeed privilege to be asked to serve our nationally recognized faculty and our incredible student body."

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Nursing student shines with undergraduate research projects

“I appreciate the patient care aspect of nursing and just being there for people whenever they are experiencing vulnerable times," said Stephanie Felonta.

A Calling Like No Other

The College of Nursing at Augusta University trains and educates today’s nursing professionals, preparing them to enter the heath care workforce and immediately improve the lives of the sick and the hurting.