New York, NY
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The Graduate Center - The Life of the Mind in the Heart of the City

A graduate school of arts and sciences, the Graduate Center (GC) is the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York, offering more than 30 doctoral degrees. In addition to rigorous academic training in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences in a PhD-focused, scholarly environment, the Graduate Center fosters globally significant research across the faculty and in a wide variety of centers and institutes. It is an inclusive community of 7,000 students, scholars, and researchers, drawing upon the widest possible range of experience of race and ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, age, physical ability, and socioeconomic status. Extensive library resources are found at the GC and at each senior college campus throughout New York City.

Program Overview

The Graduate Center Doctor of Philosophy Nursing Science Program serves as the only publically funded PhD program in New York City. The goal is to prepare nurse scientists, leaders, and educators who conduct research to improve the health care quality of New York City's culturally diverse, urban population. The school's values of excellence, diversity, and respect are demonstrated in an uncompromising commitment to academic rigor, accountability, evidence, and assessment; steadfast insistence on the ability to serve students from all backgrounds; and a dedication to meet the needs of the university's urban setting. The  Graduate Center is fortunate to have a very diverse student body and the overall program continues to focus on diversity of race, ethnicity, and gender. The Nursing program has strengthened partnerships with the three senior nursing programs from Hunter, Lehman, and College of Staten Island.

Graduates of the nursing doctoral program will deepen their ability to think analytically and innovatively. A dissertation is required. This course of study prepares graduates to undertake systematic, applied, funded research to improve patient outcomes that are  sensitive to the quality of nursing care. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Demonstrate intellectual leadership for the promotion of health and elimination of health disparities 
  • Evaluate theoretical, historical, and philosophical concepts related to nursing and health care 
  • Conduct nursing research to promote quality nursing and health care
  • Synthesize research findings to develop and implement multidisciplinary programs that promote the health of people from diverse cultures
  • Interpret roles of the nurse scientist in a variety of settings.


The curriculum includes the study of nursing theories, as well as other health-related, interdisciplinary, and educational theories, research methods, and health policy/health economics in a context of multidisciplinary partnerships to provide quality-based, comprehensive health care.

Program Organization

Classes for each PhD cohort are scheduled on Fridays at a single location, primarily the Graduate Center, CUNY. Each cohort takes approximately 10 credits per semester and progresses through the curriculum as a unit. The cohort model provides opportunity for a cadre of future nurse leaders to develop collaborative, professional relationships within an educational environment.

Credit Requirements and Program Outline

The doctoral curriculum consists of 50 post-master's credits. There are 9 credits in nursing science, 18 credits in research methods, 9 credits in health care and policy studies, 3 credits in a research practicum, 3 credits of an elective or independent study and 6 credits of dissertation seminar. This curriculum design is consistent with professional doctoral education in nursing. There are no courses with a clinical component, as these courses were completed at the master's level.

Application Process - NursingCAS

The application deadline is December 1. Nursing's Centralized Application Service is a service of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. NursingCAS allows applicants to use a single online application and one set of materials to apply to multiple nursing programs at participating schools.

Location & Contact

Program in Nursing

Graduate Studies
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4039
United States

Prof. Donna Nickitas

Executive Officer

Phone: 212-817-7978

Les Gribben

Director of Admissions

Phone: 212-817-7470
Fax: 212-817-1624

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Nursing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 4
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required and exams
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


43% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 16
    • Accepted 7
    • Acceptance Rate 43
    • Enrolled 7
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $125
    • Application Fee - International $125
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, 2 letters of recommendation, personal statement
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students51
    • Female Percentage90%
    • Male Percentage10%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students51
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American27%
    • White / Caucasian37%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander2%
    • Two or more races14%
    • Unknown or International Student8%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty22
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage95%
    • Male Percentage5%




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