The University of Virginia offers two doctoral programs in nursing -- the PhD and DNP degrees -- that prepare expert clinicians and practitioners, nurse scientists and researchers to expand nursing knowledge in the 21st century. UVA graduates are working in leadership and faculty roles across the country.

Students in the DNP and PhD programs draw upon the strengths of UVA Nursing's exceptional faculty, the resources of UVA Medical Center, and the breadth of course offerings across Grounds. Our doctoral classes are scheduled in a manner conducive to working nurses in Virginia and neighboring states. All doctoral students complete research projects (either clinical/evidence-based practice focused for the DNP; methods-based for the PhD). Compare the DNP and PhD.


Doctoral degree programs


On occasion, the School of Nursing will admit candidates as post-doctoral students attached to one of the research centers in the school. Students may be a post-doctoral student for one semester or one academic year. Acceptance will be based on individual student objectives and how these align with existing faculty/center resources. Interested candidates should email the assistant dean for admissions and financial aid indicating when they would like to be a post-doctoral student, what their project objectives are, and should attach a copy of their resume/CV.

Post-doctoral students will pay administrative fees or tuition expenses to the University of Virginia. The school does not offer paid post-doctoral fellowships. Post-doctoral students are responsible for their own expenses (housing, food, and insurance).

Research centers & initiatives