MS-PhD Dual Degree Programs

Academics and Curriculum

Our full-time MS-PhD Dual Degree curriculum prepares you to conduct research with a patient-first approach, both as an independent researcher and as a key member of an interdisciplinary team.

As an MS-PhD student at the UR School of Nursing, you will work closely with faculty who are active in research and experts in their field. Your plan of study is carefully mapped out with an advisor before you begin the program.

The first three years of MS and PhD coursework are very intensive, with five days per week of classes, clinical hours, Research Assistantship work, and study time required to meet the program goals. Having a strong support system while in this program is key to your success. Students are strongly discouraged from taking on employment more than one day per week. Financial support is available for full-time study.

The UR School of Nursing is dedicated to helping you discover new knowledge in a dynamic, collaborative environment. We offer the resources and challenges you need so you are prepared to embark on a new kind of career as a researcher.

Below is a map of what it takes to earn your PhD at the UR School of Nursing. Join us!

Master’s Specialty Curriculum

See below for specifics on the master’s degree program curriculum:

MS-PhD Dual Degree Curriculum

Coursework phase. The first three years of this program feature fast-paced, intensive MS and PhD coursework. The master’s portion of the program for nurse practitioner students becomes increasingly clinical, including full-day precepted clinical experiences with expert nurse practitioner mentors. For MNE-PhD students, precepted student teaching experiences are included in the education courses.  The PhD Program coursework remains the same and becomes increasingly specialized as students seek out Research Assistantship experiences and cognate courses to support their individual research interests.

The Qualifying Exam takes place in August after completion of the second year for MS-PhD students. It consists of a sit-down, time-limited written portion, followed a week or so later by a one-hour oral examination and overall evaluation of the student’s performance.

Dissertation research phase. This phase can be completed in 6-18 months depending on the nature of the planned research. Once the proposal has been successfully defended and research review board approval has been secured, the student conducts the dissertation research project independently under guidance of his/her committee. The final dissertation is then written, revised with critique from the committee, and defended publicly with a private critique to follow.