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Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the application deadline?
February 1st

2. When does the program begin?
The program begins in the summer semester with an on-campus residency in May. Students begin by taking a 3-credit course, GPNG 901 State of the Science and Discovery.

3. Do I ever have to travel to Duquesne?
PhD students have five residency requirements during the 3 or 4 year program. These include Doctoral Week, Study Abroad, Topic Defense, Dissertation Research Seminar: Proposal Development, and Dissertation Final Defense. Additional information...

4. Why does Duquesne require 3 graduate credits of statistics as a prerequisite?
The Statistics Prerequisite is designed to provide you with the basis for advancement in the PhD program. The content of the courses should include inferential statistics, linear and nonlinear regression, logistic regression, analysis of variance, repeated measures, and generalized linear models. You must include a syllabus from your statistics course with your application packet.

5. When must the 3 credits of statistics be completed?
Before you start your PhD courses or no later that the fall semester of the year you begin the program.

6. Where can I find an online graduate statistics course?
Courses will be accepted from any accredited university with prior approval from the PhD chair. Contact Susan Hardner (see question 20) for more information The Duquesne University School of Nursing has collaborated with the Center for Adult Learners to provide two online statistics courses that the School of Nursing accepts as prerequisites for the PhD program. Download more detailed information about the Duquesne University online statistics courses.

7. Does Duquesne consider applicants whose master's degree is NOT in nursing?
Yes, candidates with a masters degree in another area will be considered on an individual basis.

8. What are admission decisions based on?
We consider all parts of the application and make admission decisions based on the qualifications of the individual to complete doctoral study, ability to complete an online program and the match between the applicant's proposed dissertation research area and our PhD faculty's research interests.

9. Do you accept transfer credits into the PhD program?
Yes. A maximum of nine (9) PhD level credits from an accredited university and approved program may be transferred toward completion of the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing degree.

10. How long does it take to complete the PhD program?
Students may enroll in either the 3-year PhD program or the 4-year PhD program. Completion within these timeframes requires the student take 6 credits of coursework each semester. Completion of the dissertation stage is planned for the final year of the program.

11. Is there a time limit to completing the PhD degree?
Yes. Students in the 3-year program are expected to complete all course work (core, electives, cognates) within two (2) calendar years. The dissertation is then completed in the third year. Students in the 4-year program are expected to complete all course work (core, electives, cognates) within three (3) calendar years. The dissertation is then completed in the fourth year. The degree must be completed within eight (8) calendar years from the semester in which the student completes the first course for the degree.

12. How does an online course work?
Using a computer and an Internet Service Provider (ISP) a student can work on coursework whenever and wherever it is most convenient. Even though the online class may be more accessible to a student’s schedule, the content and workload are comparable to a face-to-face course.

Online courses are similar in structure to classroom courses. The courses have a syllabus, weekly assignments, projects, papers, and tests. The student will complete assignments, either alone or in small groups. Students will interact with classmates and instructors through online communication.

Most online courses are asynchronous, which means that students can complete their work anytime and anywhere via Internet access. Some classes may contain a synchronous component, which requires participation in a scheduled online chat session or a phone conference.

13. What courses are available online?
All graduate nursing courses are available online.

14. How do I know if I can be a successful online student?
Take our Self Assessment Quiz to help you decide if online learning is for you.
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15. Is financial aid available for online courses?
Yes. See our Financial Aid section for important links.

16. What is the tuition?
Please visit the Duquesne University Office of Admissions web site for current tuition information.

17. Does Duquesne offer a Tuition Discount Program?
Yes. If you are a registered nurse and employed by one of our partnering organizations, you may qualify for a 30% discount on tuition.

18. What type of a computer do I need?
Please see the Technical Requirements section on our Online Education page for computer specifications.

19. What are the qualifications for acceptance into the graduate program?
Applicants must meet the admissions criteria of the Duquesne University School of Nursing. The admissions process for nursing graduate students is handled exclusively by the School of Nursing. Please see the PhD Admissions page.

20. How do I get more information?
Contact Susan Hardner, Nursing Recruiter:
PH: 412-396-4945   FX: 412-396-6346   hardnersue@duq.edu