PhD Program FAQs


The PhD Program in Nursing is grounded in research and the development of new knowledge.  It focuses on building a knowledge base in nursing, leadership, and policy by integrating theory and research from our own and other disciplines. 

We transform practicing nurses from being consumers, nurses who read and use research, to being producers, nurses who design and conduct research. 

In our program, students will conduct original research that leads to their dissertation.


Most, if not all, of our students are employed full time. Students take two classes per semester and sometimes over the summer. Our courses are regularly scheduled on Thursday evenings, so our students typically do not have a problem requesting the time off. 

We find our students develop strong bonds, support each other throughout the program, and remain close afterwards. 

We have a student-led Doctoral Nursing Organization, which is the first official Graduate Student Organization at Molloy. The Doctoral Nursing Organization welcomes students and alum from both the PhD and DNP programs.  It is a place for doctoral students to connect, share, network, enjoy, and support each other.


Classes meet every Thursday 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

The PhD program is remote - synchronous - “learning together while staying apart” for as long as we need to stay safe. We meet weekly together face-to-face via zoom.  

If we are able to return to classes on campus safely in the future, we can now maximize what we have learned and sustain a remote option for students to remain “face-to-face” whether it is in person or virtually with our technologies.


In total the curriculum includes 51 required credits, which if taken sequentially without interruption can be completed in about 4 years.  After 42 credits (3 years of course work) students will take a comprehensive examination and then move on to dissertation seminar and progression. 

The sequence of courses of the PhD program curriculum is congruent with the elements identified for the research-focused doctorate by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.


Molloy doctoral faculty are engaged in research and are always willing to work with students. We have experts in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods designs. 

Our Research Residency program pairs doctoral students with faculty conducting research so that students gain firsthand experience, mentorship, and essential research skill development. 

"Meet & Greets" and "Academic Matching" are fun informal ways for new doctoral students and doctoral candidates to connect with faculty, learn about the research faculty are conducting, and solicit committee members.   

And, we have a Center for Nursing Research and Evaluation that supports and enhances the research quality and productivity of faculty and students. 

The college has generously made available a designated librarian, statistician, and editor for faculty and students in our doctoral programs. 

Our librarian teaches students how to access the electronic databases, use advanced search strategies, execute interlibrary loans, and use citation managers to store articles and create references.   

Our statistical consultant works individually with doctoral students and faculty in all aspects of statistical planning, data analysis, and interpretation. addition to the college writing center that is available to all students, our editorial consultant provides comprehensive editing services to those ready for publication in academic journals.