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Degree Requirements for PhD Program

  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 54 semester hours beyond the master's degree (includes a minimum of 6 hours for dissertation).
  • A minimum of two-thirds of course work must be taken at the doctoral level.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) throughout the program. Student progress is evaluated at the end of each semester of study by the advisor who is responsible for notifying the doctoral program director if a student's academic status is in jeopardy.
  • Graduate credits earned at other institutions may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the doctoral program. Courses offered for transfer credit are evaluated individually by the doctoral program director relative to Graduate School requirements, program requirements, and the student's plan of study. Transfer of more than 9 credits from another institution must be approved prior to admission.
  • PhD students must complete at least five consecutive semesters in residence. Residence is defined as taking courses on the campus of East Carolina University. The PhD in Nursing program is conducted entirely on-site on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
  • Dissertation - Each student is required to conduct an original research project, which adds to the body of knowledge in nursing, and to communicate the research in a written dissertation and an oral defense of the dissertation within five years of admission to candidacy.
  • Each student must pass a candidacy examination upon completion of all required nursing courses with the exception of the dissertation.