Doctoral – PhD in Nursing

Georgetown’s PhD in Nursing Program is a premier doctoral program designed for individuals seeking to advance the discipline and those we serve in academic, community health, health care, policy, global, and research settings.

Program Features

  • Draws upon the interdisciplinary and intellectual richness of the campus community
  • Focus in ethics and health equity
  • Intellectual vibrancy with renowned faculty across multiple disciplines
  • Globally known, values-based academic community
  • Intellectual vibrancy across complimentary academic disciplines such as ethics, law, philosophy, medicine, and policy.

Program Admissions

The Fall 2023 entry application will be available here in mid-July 2022.

Fall 2023 Entry Application Cycle
Application Opens: 07/2022
Submission Deadline: 12/01/2022

Applicant Questions
Questions concerning the PhD in Nursing program and admissions process can be directed to PhDinNursing@georgetown.edu

To Applicants: Thank you for your interest in the School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS). As you may have read, Georgetown is planning to launch a School of Nursing and a School of Health by July 1, 2022. We expect that NHS’s current academic programs will continue on through these two new schools. We plan for the BSN, the MS in Nursing, the DNAP, the DNP, and the PhD in Nursing will be housed in the planned future School of Nursing. We plan for the BS programs in Global Health, Health Care Management & Policy, and Human Science and the MS program in Health Systems Administration will be housed in the planned future School of Health.  The future organizational homes of these programs will not affect your application – students admitted to any of these programs will become students in the new schools when they are established.

PhD in Nursing Program

Dr. Roberta Waite stands in front of Healy Hall during a recent visit to Georgetown's campus.

“Georgetown’s PhD program will lead in creating nurse scientists that generate knowledge with ethics and health equity as its core compass to advance health appreciating our shared humanity.”

Dr. Roberta Waite, Dean of Georgetown University School of Nursing on July 1

Faculty Expertise

Students will work with faculty committee chairs who have expertise in multidimensional and complementary areas including health disparities and equity, ethics, mental health, women’s health, cardiovascular science, and physiology.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Edilma Yearwood, chair of the Department of Professional Nursing Practice at Georgetown

“We have joined the community of local, national and global nurse scientists and scholars prepared to lead in discovery, translation and dissemination in order to promote health equity, ethical and social justice for all.”

Dr. Edilma Yearwood, Chair of the Department of Professional Nursing Practice at Georgetown University

Dr. Kelley Anderson, associate professor of professional nursing practice

“The PhD in Nursing Program at Georgetown will immerse future nurse scholars and leaders in our globally recognized, intellectually vibrant community across diverse research areas and academic disciplines.”

Dr. Kelley Anderson, Associate Professor of Professional Nursing Practice at Georgetown University

What Georgetown Nursing is known for . . .

  • Nursing faculty contributes to the school’s scholarly production each year through publications in journals and books.
  • Georgetown’s nursing faculty and alumni have become leaders and work in the federal government, higher education and the military, community-based organizations, and health systems, to name a few areas.
  • Georgetown’s nursing programs are recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.
  • Globally known, values-based academic community
  • Intellectual vibrancy with renowned faculty from multiple disciplines including health disparities and equity, ethics, mental health, women’s health, cardiovascular science, and physiology.
  • Access to DC regional research and experiential opportunities in policy, health care systems, science, technology, and governmental organizations
  • Washington DC nursing research consortium with collaborating universities
  • Partnerships with large local health systems and community health agencies for research and collaborative activities
  • Vibrant Jesuit community
  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics
  • Racial Justice Institute
  • Health Justice Alliance

Application Requirements

  • Online Application via the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. The Fall 2023 entry application will be available here in mid-July 2022. The application and uploaded electronic documents will be submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions via a secure, online process.
  • Admissions FAQ page here

Current Students

Schedule a meeting with your academic dean or visit our student resources page for academic calendars and other information.