Doctoral Degrees

University of Massachusetts Global offers two professional doctorate programs – the Ed.D.and DNP – designed to support your career in health care, education or other kinds of leadership. All doctorate programs offer online instruction along with cohorts and in-person immersions.

A Major Achievement

Doctorate courses prepare you with advanced knowledge and skills in your area of study. Because of the time and effort involved, your fellow students will be driven and enjoy learning. With your new doctorate degree, you can make a real impact in your industry – it gives you an authoritative voice and adds weight to your message. Along with the prestige of having accomplished this goal, the effort often is rewarded with a higher salary and promotions. A recent survey of UMass Global Ed.D. students showed that 50 percent received promotions or new positions while in the program.  

  • Network with your cohort and expand your professional network by collaborating with school district superintendents, principals, and C-suite leaders of successful businesses. 
  • University of Massachusetts Global is a recipient of a LEAD2017 Award for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Organizational Leadership. The awards recognize the top practices in leadership development globally. The program emphasizes creating transformational leaders in all fields, not just education.
  • The Ed.D. program includes individual online study with monthly in-person meetings at a campus near you. A virtual cohort may be available, depending on enrollment.
  • Nursing-related programs are delivered using a blend of 3- to 5-day immersion sessions at the Irvine campus; internships/clinical practice in hospitals, clinics and health centers; and online lectures, demonstrations and exercises.
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Applying for a master's or doctoral degree program? Research the requirements for your specific program, fill out the graduate admissions application (online), and request/order your transcripts. 

Learn about financial aid available for graduate and professional degree students in the form of institutional and outside scholarships, as well as non-need based loans.

Find Your Degree/Program


BSN to DNP in Family Across the Lifespan

Nursing and Health Professions

This online family nurse practitioner program is designed for the RN with a BSN who wants to specialize in the care of individuals and families across the lifespan in environments such as private practices, urgent cares, outpatient or community clinics. Areas of focus include care management of common, complex, acute and chronic issues across the lifespan. 



BSN to DNP in Psychiatric and Mental Health

Nursing and Health Professions

Specialize in managing the care of individuals with psychiatric and mental health disorders with this online BSN to DNP program designed for registered nurse s who want to advance. After completing this degree, you can work in private practices, outpatient clinics, community clinics and more.



Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership


Explore the latest theories from both education and organizational leadership including transformational leadership, collaborative relationships, political intelligence, strategic thinking, diversity, and creativity and sustained innovation. Plus, you’ll get online instruction and face-to-face support to fit into your busy life.




Post-Masters to DNP

Nursing and Health Professions

This degree is for the APRN or CNS with a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) degree that is ready to complete a clinical doctorate. Students also have the option to add a new NP specialty (FNP or PMHNP).


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The Ed.D. program provided me with essential tools for leading during times of systemic change at a time when the California community college system is undergoing rapid transformation. The program was highly practical: I was able to immediately apply what I was learning in a given class to projects and initiatives I was working on at my college, and I continue to draw on these skills daily.
Catherine W. | Grossmont College, Senior Dean, Education, Ed.D.
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