Academics & Admissions

With classes meeting once a week, our schedule is designed to support your home and work commitments. All classes except electives/cognates are held in person at our Newark campus on Tuesdays.

Depending on where you are on your professional and academic journey, we offer two pathways for earning your PhD: post-master’s and post-bachelor’s.

Student testimonial

Rutgers has one of the best reputations for the rigor and skill of the nurses who graduate, so I knew for me Rutgers was a good fit. The hybrid program allowed me to work, raise my family, and continue my education.

Suzanne Crincoli, PhD Candidate

Post-Master’s to PhD

On this pathway, you can finish the 66-minimum-credit curriculum in three years (full-time) or four years (part-time).

Plans of Study

Post-Bachelor’s to PhD

On this pathway, you’ll get an early start to your doctorate and earn your master’s in nursing leadership along the way. The master’s portion can be finished in 30-31 credits, saving you time and money. These classes are offered as a mix of in-person and online courses.

Though the GRE is not required for the master’s portion, you must submit your GRE score and updated transcript before beginning the PhD component. We strongly recommend you pursue a full-time plan to finish your PhD in about four years.

BSN to PhD Plans of Study

Learn More about the PhD Program