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The Nursing program of Emory University allows you to be at the forefront of advancing nursing science. With a PhD, nurses can contribute to the profession through: research, creating new nursing frameworks or theories, leading systems changes, and impacting policy.


Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is a world leader in innovative research. Consistently ranked in the top five (5) nursing schools in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, the faculty and students of the Nursing program of Emory University have a proven track record in successfully competing for, and obtaining highly competitive research studies. These studies not only advance the careers of the students and faculty, but also make a significant impact on the health of patients, families, and communities. 

Research studies conducted by our faculty include: 

  • Aerobic exercise to improve cognitive abilities among adults living with HIV/AIDS (Rebecca Gary/Drenna Waldrop-Valverde) 
  • Maternal Stress and the Gut-Brain Axis in African American Infants (Elizabeth Corwin) 
  • Savvy Caregiver Program for Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease (Kenneth Hepburn) 
  • Epigenetic and Biobehavioral Determinants of Preterm Birth Outcomes in Black Women (Anne Dunlop) 
  • Preparation for End-of-Life Decision Making in Mild Alzheimer’s Disease (Mi-Kyung Song) 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Evolution of Nursing Science
  • Endogenous and Exogenous Determinants of Human Health
  • Theoretical and Scientific Basis for the Study of Clinical Phenomena

These courses provide the doctoral students with opportunities to understand the discipline and evolution of scholarship in nursing, critically evaluate and apply theories, critique and develop nursing phenomena related to clinical outcomes, and articulate theoretically sound and clinically relevant research questions.

  • Principles of Health Outcomes Research
  • Measurement and Design in Clinical Research
  • Qualitative Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application.
  • Submission of a personal statement that describes the applicant's vision for what they want to study, who they want to study with, and why they want to study at Emory.
  • Research interests that match faculty expertise
  • Three (3) recommendations
  • Satisfactory TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • World Education Services (WES) report (if applicable)
  • Transcripts issued by the registrar’s office from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae 
  • Emory University considers applicants who hold a BSN or MSN from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program in the US or an international equivalent (Applicants holding a degree in a non-nursing related discipline will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Students entering with a BSN and intending to pursue NP or nurse-midwifery certification must be eligible for licensure as RN in Georgia by the end of the first year of study.

Tuition Fee

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All full-time admitted students are granted full tuition waiver and receive an annual stipend in exchange for teaching and research services.

Living costs for Atlanta

1213 - 2208 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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