Online Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D)

New Mexico State University School of Nursing online PhD program prepares graduates to pursue careers as leaders in nursing research, education, practice, and/or health policy. It develops nursing knowledge with a focused emphasis on meeting the health care needs of diverse populations on the US-Mexico border and in rural communities.

The program enables graduates to reach their potential as nurses facing the global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. It challenges their intellectual curiosity, focuses their passion for nursing science, and builds lifelong collegial relationships in an international community of students, faculty, alumni, and scholars.

keyboardNew students start class in the summer of each year and are required to:

  • come to main campus once a year for 1 week (usually in May)
  • attend a research conference, selected by faculty, once a year
  • complete all assignments online
  • complete comprehensive written & oral examinations
  • complete dissertation

Students should have basic computer skills and feel comfortable navigating the internet. Additional help will be provided for those students with little or no computer skills. Please take a moment to complete the Request More Information form so we may contact you and answer any questions you may have.

PhD Application Process

Admission to the PhD program is in accordance with the general regulations of the Graduate School. Additional requirements include a MSN from an accredited college or university; successful completion of an inferential statistics course (within 5 years of application); three professional letters of recommendation; a letter stating personal goals for graduate education, completion of writing requirement, interview with nursing faculty, resume identifying practice experience; and proof of licensure or eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse in any of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories. All prerequisites (i.e. inferential stats course) must be completed by time of application deadline.

Applications to the Nursing PhD program are currently on hold. Please contact the graduate program advisor for more information.

ALL APPLICANTS NOTE:  For writing sample “packet”, please contact Ms Karen Pech ( with mailing address for her to send out the instructions for the writing sample to you.

ATTENTION:  Please use the application process for admission to the MSN, DNP or PhD programs at Create a log in and follow the steps in the process to ensure that your application is received at both the School of Nursing and NMSU Admissions.

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Interested applicants or for questions, contact:

International Students (int’l students contact IBP for eligibility)