Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.


Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

College: Health and Social Services

Program Category: Hybrid

Description: The program is designed to prepare individuals to assume leadership roles in academia and health care settings, emphasizing teaching, research, and professional service activities. The program focuses on nursing scholarship to facilitate development of new knowledge and nursing education directed at improving nursing care outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and systems. The program also focuses on holistic nursing scholarship as it relates to improving the care of individuals, families, groups, and communities experiencing or at risk for health disparities.

Delivery method: New students start class in the summer of each year and are required to come to the main campus once a year for one week; attend a research conference, selected by faculty, once a year; complete all assignments online within Canvas; complete comprehensive written and oral examinations; complete a dissertation.

Requirements: 51 Didactic credits 21 Dissertation credits (3 credits for comps) Total 72 credits

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

Prerequisites: Admission to the PhD program is in accordance with the general regulations of the NMSU Graduate School. MSN from an accredited college or university and successful completion of a graduate statistics course. Interview with nursing faculty.

To apply: Three professional letters of recommendation A letter of personal goals for graduate education Completion of writing requirement Resume identifying practice experience Proof of licensure or eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories *All materials should be sent to the School of Nursing with the Graduate School application materials placed in a separate envelope

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
HLC website
HLC phone: 800-621-7440

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More info: Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2016-08-23