Graduate programs

Master’s degrees

Nursing studentThe graduate programs at The University of Akron School of Nursing prepare nurses for leadership roles in practice, administration or research. All graduate programs are strong, as indicated by exceptional pass rates on certification examinations.

UA graduates are in demand.

You can earn the master's degree in nursing (MSN) with advanced practice in the separate tracks of:

  • nurse practitioner,
  • clinical nurse specialist,
  • nurse anesthetist, or
  • nursing administration.

Learn more about the MSN program

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Master's degree in public health

This master's degree will provide you for a variety of jobs within the social community focusing on public health issues.

More about the MPH program

Doctoral studies

After completing your master's degree, you are prepared to study at the doctoral level. Your path of doctoral study may be a clinical doctorate or research doctorate. Though both of these degrees are terminal, their focus differs.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a post-master's degree program for advanced practice nurses.  A DNP is clinically focused, preparing you to generate clinical evidence, translate research, and develop evidence based guidelines for practice in varied healthcare environments.

Learn more about the DNP program.

Nursing Ph.D.

The Nursing Ph.D. is a joint program offering the excellence of two public universities.  The focus of the Ph.D. program is to prepare nurse scholars with expertise in discovery and integration, and it provides opportunities for the development of scholarship in application and teaching.

Learn more about the PhD program.