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Boise State University offers two doctoral degrees with an in-depth focus on academic research: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). Each requires demonstration of expertise in a major field of study, a working understanding of one or more related disciplines, independent research leading to a significant and original contribution to knowledge, and (in some cases) proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Recipients of the Ph.D. and Ed.D. degree generally engage in careers of active scholarship in a wide variety of employment settings.

Boise State University also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. This is the highest degree for practice-focused nurses providing direct or indirect care to patients, families, organizations or populations; engaged as faculty in nursing programs; leading health related organizations; developing and implementing health policy; and translating research into evidence-based practice. Information about the DNP degree can be found on the School of Nursing website at

This section describes policies that apply to Ph.D. and Ed.D. degree programs.