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PhD in Nursing Degree

Note: PhD students will be admitted for Fall 2018 pending approval of the revised program. 

Applications will be accepted starting September 1, 2017


  • The PhD program is designed to prepare visionary scholars with expertise in conducting research to improve the health of culturally diverse populations, especially in Hawai'i and the Pacific Basin regions and countries.  
  • The curriculum will establish a strong foundation in research methodologies with each course linked to previous and subsequent courses contributing to the development of the dissertation study.  
  • The full time on campus cohort model program of study is rigorous and requires students demonstrate strong critical thinking and writing skills that allow them to coherently and logically communicate their course assignments, and ultimately, their dissertation. The program will enroll post baccalaureate and higher degree students.

Partnership in the Nursing Education Exchange

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is a member of NEXus (The Nursing Education Exchange). NEXus is a collaboration between participating doctoral programs in nursing that allows doctoral students enrolled at member colleges and universities to take courses that may not be offered at his/her home institution for a common tuition price. Students may fulfill requirements by enrolling in NEXus courses.



Aeza Hafalia, MEd
Doctoral Program Coordinator
DNP and PhD Program
NEXus Campus Staff Coordinator
Phone: (808) 956-8401
Fax: (808) 956-5977
Maureen Shannon, PHD, CNM, FNP, FACNM, FAAN
Director, PhD Program
Phone: (808) 956-5323


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