- Course Requirements
- Study Progression and Graduation Requirements
- Leaves of Absence
- Dissertation Proposal Defense
- Dissertation Defense
|Knowledge/Theory (6 courses required)||24 units|
GNRS 700Philosophy of Science
GNRS 701Nursing Knowledge Development
GNRS 702Nursing Theory
GNRS 703Spirituality and Health
GNRS 704Faith Integration and Nursing Scholarship
GNRS 705Social Ethics and Social Change
|Statistical Analysis (1 course required)||4 units|
GNRS 713Advanced Statistical Analysis
|Research (3 courses required)||9 units|
GNRS 706Methods of Inquiry
GNRS 707Quantitative Nursing Research Designs
GNRS 708Qualitative Research Designs
|Method of Inquiry||3 units|
|(Students are required to choose one of following courses.)|
GNRS 709Advanced Quantitative Methods
GNRS 710Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
GNRS 711Advanced Research Methods in the Humanities
GNRS 712Advanced Evaluation Research
|Two areas of concentration courses||6 units|
|Two areas of elective courses||6 units|
|Dissertation Research||12 units|
Study Progression and Graduation Requirements
Progression in the program requires active enrollment status and maintaining a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Graduation requirements include a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, successful completion of the preliminary and qualifying exams, and completion of original dissertation research.
Leaves of Absence
Students in good standing and making satisfactory progress toward their degrees who must interrupt their studies for a compelling reason (e.g., illness, study abroad, family conditions, or crises) may petition for a leave of absence for a stated period of time not to exceed two years. Requests for a leave must be in writing and state both the reasons for the leave and the semester in which the student will re-enroll. Leaves of absence must be approved by the director of doctoral studies program and the dean of the School of Nursing in advance of the semester for which the leave is requested.
The petition for return to enrolled status should be filed one full term before the intended date of re-enrollment. If the student went on leave with conditions for re-enrollment, these must be fulfilled before re-enrollment may occur. If a student is on leave for two years, the Doctoral Admissions Committee, as well as the student’s advisor, the doctoral studies chair, and the dean will review her/his re-enrollment petition. Depending upon the amount of time elapsed, the student’s stage of study in the program, and the student’s academic activity during the leave, readmission may be contingent.
The preliminary examination is taken upon the completion of between 19 and 32 units of doctoral work, including GNRS 700, 701, 702, 704, and 706. (The student must petition for exceptions.) The examination is comprised of a relatively brief paper (i.e., 25–30 pages) and oral review by a committee of faculty. The purpose of the paper is to encourage synthesis of first-year coursework as it relates to the student’s current research interest area. The focus of the paper specifies the student’s interest area with potential researchable questions and methodological approaches, together with relevant aspects of nursing theory, nursing knowledge development, faith integration, and methods of inquiry. The subsequent oral examination provides the student an opportunity to formulate a synthesis of her/his thinking in response to questions.
The qualifying examination is taken at about the time coursework is completed. The examination is comprised of three papers that may be related to the student’s area of research or may be the first three chapters of the dissertation proposal.
Students are expected to complete their qualifying examination within approximately one academic year of the completion of their preliminary examination.
The examination tests:
- Familiarity with the state of the science in a particular area.
- Awareness of currently active topics of investigation in the area.
- Theoretical dimensions and design issues related to potential questions.
- Recognition of potential, practical, and ethical challenges arising at the intersection of questions, population, and instruments.
The ability to analyze and synthesize in written form within each of the three papers and extemporaneously across exam areas in the oral examination is the focus of the committee’s assessment.
Dissertation Proposal Defense
Successful completion of the dissertation proposal signifies competence to pursue independent research with the advice and guidance of the dissertation committee. The dissertation proposal defense allows the student to demonstrate familiarity with the state of the science in a particular area; awareness of currently active topics of investigation in the area; theoretical dimensions and design issues related to potential questions; and recognition of potential, practical, and ethical challenges arising at the intersection of research questions, population, and instruments.
The dissertation reports the results of original, independent research of substantial but circumscribed scope, undertaken in consultation with the student’s dissertation committee. The student presents a prospectus or proposal specifying the question, method, design, data collection instruments or strategy, projected data analysis, plan for access to subjects/participants/data, and projected timeline for data collection, analysis, and dissertation completion.
The dissertation committee serves in an advisory capacity to the student and ensures that the dissertation research and the written dissertation demonstrate the student’s competence to conduct independent research in the discipline. Committee members work with the student throughout the process of data collection, analysis, and writing, with primary support provided by the chair/sponsor. When the student has substantially finished the work to the satisfaction of each committee member, the committee meets to hear the student’s defense of the overall work and the decisions it entailed, and to discuss the student’s plans for publication and post degree program of research.
Students may not participate in commencement or have the degree posted to their transcript until the document has been accepted by the library. Any exceptions are by petition only.