New PhD in Nursing Program

Stony Brook University School of Nursing Announces Opening of PhD in Nursing Program


The PhD in Nursing will add depth and breadth to our research enterprise by implementing innovative strategies to enhance graduate education and our commitment to research excellence.  The program aims to enhance student and faculty engagement in transformational research that will advance nursing science and improve the health and well-being of the State of New York’s increasingly diverse population and beyond.

The PhD in Nursing program began in the Summer of 2018. The 54 credit, cohort-based program will be offered on-site, one day per week and will take 2 ½ years to complete with an additional one year for dissertation completion.  While there are other PhD in Nursing programs on Long Island, this is the first offered at a public university and the first in Suffolk County. 

Stony Brook’s PhD in Nursing program will attract candidates oriented towards developing new nursing knowledge in the spirit of scientific inquiry and who will select an area of research congruent with interdisciplinary faculty expertise in basic and clinical sciences.  A key strength of the program is the School of Nursing’s research partnerships with research scholars from the other health professions schools of Stony Brook Medicine, our clinical partner, Stony Brook University Hospital, as well as partnerships with biomedical engineering, computational science, biomedical informatics, and basic sciences.  Key areas of nursing science in which potential PhD students may focus include, but are not limited to; symptom science, health promotion and illness prevention, and self-management. The Stony Brook School of Nursing PhD in Nursing program offers the opportunity to develop the next generation of nurse scientists equipped to strengthen nursing’s contribution to the profession and to the health and healthcare of individuals and populations by finding innovative solutions to today’s complex health care problems.  

For more information please contact Linda Sacino, PhD Program Assistant, at or 631-444-3262.



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Program FAQ’s 


How do I apply?  The link for the application is deadline for domestic and foreign applications is Februrary 1st, 2021. 

Is there any financial assistance to support attendance in the PhD in Nursing program?  There is partial student support using a graduate assistant mechanism.  Students are encouraged to explore other scholarship and financial aid opportunities. 

How many students do you expect to admit?  For Summer 2021, we anticipate admitting a cohort of four students. 

Will the program be offered on-line or on-site?  The full-time, cohort-based program will be offered on-site (one day/week) and supplemented with web-enhanced technologies.

How long will the program take to complete?  The PhD in Nursing contains three phases: Coursework, Proposal Development and Dissertation. Coursework and proposal development will take, on average, two and one-half years to complete with an additional one year for dissertation completion.

What are the admission requirements for the PhD Program in the SON? To be considered for admission, applicants must submit a completed application online and meet the following admission requirements (All documentation must be submitted through the application portal):

1.  Master's degree in nursing from a nationally-accredited program or its international equivalent.  Students with a master's degree in a related discipline (i.e, MPH or MBA) and a Bachelor’s in Nursing may also be considered.

2.  A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse.

3.  Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.  Note:  Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited transcript evaluation service.

4.  Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all course/degrees taken at the graduate level.

5.  Three letters of recommendation attesting to your academic ability and scholarly potential.

6.  Evidence of successful completion (grade C or better) of a graduate-level statistics course within the last five years.

7.  Curriculum Vitae including education and employment history; honors and awards; and publications and grantsmanship. Must demonstrate a progressive record of professional development in nursing.

8.  A personal interview with PhD program faculty.

9. An exemplar of scholarly writing (e.g., publications).

10. A statement of professional goals and research interests including reference to Stony Brook University School of Nursing PhD faculty whose current research is aligned with your areas of interest and expertise.



How can I obtain more information about the PhD in Nursing Program?  Additional information can be found on the School of Nursing’s website and by contacting Linda Sacino at 631-444-3262 or