Nursing, PhD

Nursing students and faculty

Now accepting applications for the next PhD in Nursing program cohort

Prepare for your career as a professor in nursing in various academic settings, including colleges and universities.

For more information about the program, contact the doctoral program coordinator, Teresa Shellenbarger, via e-mail at, or by phone at 724-357-2559 or 724-357-3250. To learn more about the application process, visit the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Advance Your Career in Nursing Education

Prepare for your teaching career in the dynamic field of nursing education with a PhD in Nursing from IUP. Students enrolled in the program will experience courses in pedagogical practices and faculty development while conducting cutting-edge research necessary to the advancement of nursing education.

The Nursing PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to PhD programs at IUP are offered at the main campus, at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, and at Pittsburgh East.

The PhD in Nursing at IUP is a cohort program, which means you move through your sequence of classes as a group, building a supportive network along the way.

What IUP Can Offer You

  • The PhD in Nursing at IUP is based in nursing education research, nursing pedagogy, and faculty role development. With faculty expertise in all of these areas, students are provided the skills necessary to excel as professors in the nursing field, fulfilling the nationwide demand for doctoral-level nursing faculty.

  • Finish your coursework in as few as 11 semesters, including summer sessions, while engaging in the convenient course format delivered at a suitable pace for working professionals.

  • Hybrid course delivery and flexible class schedule.

  • Students with DNP degrees wanting to pursue a PhD can engage in the unique DNP to PhD program at IUP, which offers a shortened PhD curriculum.

  • Courses offered at convenient locationsIndiana, Pennsylvania; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.