• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #1037 (BCR) Brookings, SD, United States
The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing course at South Dakota State University  prepares nurse scientists to assume roles as researchers, faculty, policy makers and administrators with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention in under-served and rural populations.
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This Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing course at South Dakota State University  will be a good fit if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program or master’s degree in nursing or a related field
  • Enjoy scholarly inquiry and research
  • Identify research topics or areas of inquiry that interest you
  • Possess strong academic and study skills

Career Opportunities

  • Nursing faculty and teaching positions
  • Nurse scientist, research positions
  • Organizational leadership and administration
  • Policy roles

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits

    or 90 Credit Plan

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Biostatistics 
  •  Foundations of Advanced Nursing 
  • Health Policy, Legislation, Economics and Ethics 
  • Cultural Competence in Health Care 
  • Philosophical Basis for Nursing Inquiry 
  • Theory Development in Nursing 
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Nursing 
  • Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research 
  •  Ethical Issues Influencing Practice and Research in Health 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements of SDSU Graduate School, applicants must have:

  • Current RN licensure. International students who are nurses are required to show proof of current licensure/registration as a Registered Nurse (or equivalent), in good standing, in their home country, and maintain that licensure throughout the duration of the program.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program.
  • Master’s degree in nursing or a related field of study from an accredited program.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 in master’s coursework.
  • Completed application to Graduate Nursing Program via NursingCAS website.
  • Completed an approved statistical methods course within the past five years.
  • Example of scholarly written work.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    626 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 626 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    326 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 326 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Brookings

  • 1085 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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