Doctoral programs emphasize preparation for research to prepare students to pursue intellectual inquiry and conduct independent research for the purpose of extending nursing knowledge.

The PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy degree, is the most commonly offered research-focused degree. However, some schools award a Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS or DNSc) as the research-focused doctoral degree. Individuals educated in research-focused doctoral programs are prepared to pursue careers in research and teaching and also are prepared to pursue careers in the fields of nursing and health care administration and policy. The purposes of the research-focused doctoral degree are to prepare for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry, creative scholarship, and research; to provide preparation that leads to careers in government, business, and industry as well as academia; and result in extension of knowledge.

Research Focused Programs:

Boston College

Northeastern University School of Nursing

University of Massachusetts/Amherst

University of Massachusetts/Boston (MS-to-PhD, Accelerated BS-to-PhD, Nursing Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Cancer and Health Disparities)

University of Massachusetts/Lowell

University of Massachusetts/Worcester