Financial Resources - PhD Students

PhD Financial Aid

Columbia University School of Nursing offers a generous financial aid package for full-time PhD students during their first two years of study. This financial support covers up to 37 doctoral credits which includes two thirds of the credit load required for the degree and an annual living expense stipend for the first two years of the program. To be eligible for this financial aid package, students must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status. After the first two years, funded PhD students are expected to cover the cost for the remaining one third of the credit load and provide for their own living expenses during this time. Completion of the PhD program (coursework and dissertation research) takes an average of 4 years.

This financial package is intended for PhD students who are able to make a full time commitment to PhD study and who are able to work with an advisor in research-related activities. As per PhD departmental policy, a recipient of the financial aid package may not engage in outside work activities that exceed 20 hours/week. Applicants who are employed full time in a professional position may be eligible to receive some type of tuition assistance but will not be eligible for a living expense stipend.

The PhD program at Columbia University School of Nursing welcomes international student applicants. However, the school is not able to provide tuition or stipend support. Therefore, international students who are interested to pursue a PhD must have financial resources to cover tuition and living expenses. For more details about this, visit the International Students and Scholars Office at




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