Our Ph.D. program integrates science, theory, and research to educate the next generation of nurse scientists, educators, policy-makers, and practitioners.
The Connell School fully funds every full-time Ph.D. student’s tuition, fees, and insurance for three years.
Students build on their foundation in nursing science. Includes courses in philosophy of science, epistemology of nursing, and strategies for developing nursing knowledge.
Challenges students to take what is currently known in nursing science and expand on it to address contemporary issues in health care. Includes courses in ethics, policy, and cognate courses in the student's area of focus.
Prepares students to begin their program of research. Includes courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods, statistics, and research practica as well as dissertation advisement.
Approved by Faculty Assembly, December 20, 2017
||Philosophical Inquiry for Knowledge Development in Nursing||3|
||Strategies for Knowledge Development in Nursing||3|
|NURS9808||Research Design and Methods I||3|
|NURS9810||Responsible Conduct of Research||1|
||Integrative Review for Nursing Science||3|
||Research Design and Methods II||3|
||Advanced Qualitative Research Methods||3|
||Research Seminar: Developing the Purpose, Aims & Questions||2|
|Cognate / elective or Advanced Statistics||3|
|Cognate / elective or Advanced Research Methods||3|
||Healthcare Policy & Social Justice||3|
||Research Seminar: Refining the Research Plan||2|
||Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination||1|
|Cognate / Elective or Advanced Statistics||3|
|Cognate / Elective or Advanced Research Methods||3|
||Cognate, Elective or Teaching Course|
||Cognate, Elective or Teaching Course|
“Throughout your CSON journey, you'll work with dedicated faculty who are committed to your success and will prepare you to impact health care and nursing science.”
CSON's Ph.D. Program attracts students from a variety of backgrounds and with an array of research interests.
Our Ph.D. students regularly disseminate research findings in respected forums and receive prestigious awards, including being inducted into the American Academy of Nursing and named Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence Scholars.
“CSON provides an atmosphere of academic rigor. The faculty are incredibly supportive and have been wonderful mentors to me. It is inspiring to be surrounded by so many respected nurse scientists and educators.”
The Meaning of Empathy in the Context of Clinical Nursing Practice Among Senior Baccalaureate Students
Measuring Psychological Safety, HRO Perception and Safety Reporting Intentions Among Pediatric Nurses
The Influence of #MeToo on Sexual Assault Survivors’ Decision Making and Health Behaviors: A Qualitative Inquiry
Sexual Minority Adolescents: Understanding Disparities in Sex Education and Parent Communication About Sex
Improving Healthcare for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness Across the Lifespan
Nurse Educators' Description of Ethics from a Disciplinary Perspective
Associations between reproductive coercion, intimate partner violence, and adverse birth outcomes among postpartum women
A Multimethod Approach to Understanding the Biopsychosocial Underpinnings of Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors
Life Patterning: Im/migrant and Asylum Seeking Emerging Adults from Guatemala and Honduras
Fertility-Awareness Practices Among Women Seeking Pregnancy
The Meaning of Being Considered a Sex Offender for a Person Who is Reintegrating into Society
Tongue-Tie: Prevalence, Significance, and its Contribution to Maternal Feeding Challenges and Problematic Infant Feeding
The Role of the Social Determinants of Health in Rural Health Equity
Measuring Diabetes Distress in Emerging Adulthood
Mental Health and Mental Health Treatment Experiences of Transgender and Gender Diverse Persons
The Meaning of the Transition to Retirement at Midlife from Active Duty Military Service in the United States
Intensive Care Unit Nurses’ Experience of Watson’s Theory of Human Caring Caritas Process Three: Cultivation of One’s Own Spiritual Practice and Transpersonal Self, Going Beyond Ego-Self
Occupational Health Across Generationally-Defined Age Groups in a Cohort of Hospital Nurses
Critical Care Nurse Intentions to Report to Work During an Influenza Pandemic
Caregivers’ Perception of Nurse-Led Discharge Education Interventions: Knowledge Needed for Adequate Care of a Technology-Dependent Infant in the Home Setting
The Experience of Older Adult Couples Living with Chronic Illness at Home
Factors Associated with Refeeding Hypophosphatemia in Adolescents and Young Adults Hospitalized with Anorexia Nervosa
Identification of Optimal Stool Donor Health and Intestinal Microbiome Characteristics for Fecal Microbiota Transplantation
Level of Mindfulness in Persons with Anorexia Nervosa Entering Residential Treatment and the Relationship with Eating Disorder Symptomology and Clinical Indicators of Health
Understanding Patient Engagement in Breast Cancer Survivorship Care: A National Web-Based Survey
Nutrition Related Clinical Decision Making of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
The Experience of Young Women Living with Advanced Breast Cancer: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study
The Development and Psychometric Validation of the Ethical Awareness Scale
A Complementary Health Approach to Facilitate Healing and Integration among Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Shamanic Practitioner’s Perspective
Attitudes and Practices of School Nurses and Pediatric Primary Care Providers toward Collaboration around Childhood Obesity
Research Nurse Coordinators’ Perception of Relationship with Patients Enrolled in a Clinical Research Study
Evaluation of the Effect of the Peer Review Impacts Safety and Medical-errors (PRISM) Program on Critical Care Nurses' Attitudes of Safety Culture and Awareness of Recovery of Medical Errors
Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Nurse's Perception of the Relationship Based Care Environment Scale
The GNA facilitates professional development opportunities and sponsors social events, connecting you to your fellow students and serving as a voice for the CSON graduate community.
The KILN program helps students maximize their leadership potential, prepares them to provide nursing care in an increasingly multicultural society, and nurtures their ability to create positive social change.
Participation in CSON's international programs can count toward nurse practitioner (NP) supervised hours for graduate students.
Preference will be given to applicants with the following qualifications:
To be uploaded to your online Application Form.
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.
1. Goal Statetment
Please submit a goal statement which will be used as a source of information about your educational objectives and as a sample of your writing ability. The goal statement should be typewritten (double-spaced) and no more than four pages in length.
Goal Statement Prompt & Guidelines
2. Evidence of Scholarly Writing
All applicants to this program are required to submit one piece of work that demonstrates graduate-level writing ability. This document may be an academic term paper, a published work in which you are the primary author, a training manual that you have created, a clinical case formulation, or another representative sample of your writing.
Official transcripts are preferred but not required upon application. If admitted, official transcripts will be required.
Official digital transcripts can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All hard copy transcripts may be sent to the following mailing address:
Graduate Nursing Office
Maloney Hall - 2nd Floor
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
*If the last name on your transcript does not match the application name, please contact email@example.com after submitting the application.
Official GRE scores are a preferred component of the application, but are not required to apply.
Institutional code 3062
* Please allow 2-4 weeks for test scores to be received in order to meet application deadline
Based on the answers you provide in your application, you may need one or more of the following forms to complete your application: