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Doctoral Programs

If you've earned a master’s degree and are looking to advance your career, one of MCPHS’s 12 doctoral programs might be the perfect next step.

Widely regarded as the highest level of scholarship across most fields of study, doctorate degrees can increase your employability, earning potential, and industry credibility. And at MCPHS, our doctorate degrees span the healthcare industry, providing the opportunity for professionals from all backgrounds to find a program that fits their goals.

In conjunction with coursework led by expert faculty, these programs feature interprofessional, hands-on learning and research opportunities rooted in our primary focus on collaborative practice. Because our doctorate degrees are designed for working professionals and advanced-level students, the curricula build on your previous work experience or degree, giving you the additional knowledge and skills necessary to move forward in your career.

Explore our 12 unique doctoral programs by selecting your area of interest below.

Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health (DAIH)
Location: Online | Start Term: Fall, Spring | Format: Part-Time
Designed for practicing acupuncturists who have previously earned a master’s degree in acupuncture, the online, 25-credit Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health (DAIH) prepares students to meet the demands of today’s healthcare field and serve successfully as part of an integrative healthcare team.

Doctor of Health Sciences (DHS)
Location: Online | Start Term: Fall, Spring | Format: Part-Time
This online, 54-credit program prepares healthcare clinicians, educators, and leaders as scholar-practitioners through an interdisciplinary and interprofessional curriculum that incorporates evidence-based research and scholarship.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Location: Online | Start Term: Summer | Format: Part-Time
This online, 36-credit program is designed for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN’s) looking to reach the highest level of the nursing profession and gain focused knowledge in a variety of areas, including evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership.

Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Worcester | Start Term: Fall | Format: Full-Time
In this four-year, year-round program, you will learn to provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages as you spend four years gaining real-world experience in diverse clinical settings.

Doctor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (DScPAS)
Location: Online | Start Term: Fall, Spring | Format: Part-Time
One of the first programs of its kind, this online, 24-credit program empowers PAs to meet the evolving demands of today’s healthcare field. This program is offered online and allows you to build on your Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree to further your education and career.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
Location: Boston | Start Term: Fall, Spring | Format: Full-Time
This six-year program educates students to become practicing pharmacists, critical thinkers and responsible healthcare professionals. It includes a two-year pre-professional phase that combines the liberal arts, communications, and basic sciences followed by a four-year professional phase that focuses on the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Accelerated PharmD)
Location: Worcester, Manchester | Start Term: Fall | Format: Full-Time
In this program, one of only a handful of its kind in the U.S., you will build on your previous bachelor’s degree or sufficient credits to earn your degree in just 34 consecutive months, so that you can become a practicing pharmacist and responsible healthcare professional.

Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry
Location: Boston | Start Term: Fall | Format: Full-Time
In this full-time program, you’ll build on your master’s degree in medicinal chemistry with advanced knowledge of the behavior of chemical substances at the molecular level.

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy
Location: Boston | Start Term: Fall, Spring | Format: Full-Time
This full-time program is designed to train independent researchers who will assume leadership positions in national and international pharmaceutical economics and policy careers.

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutics
Location: Boston, Worcester | Start Term: Fall | Format: Full-Time
In this full-time program, you’ll build on your previous degree in pharmacy, chemistry or biology to explore pharmacokinetics, dosage forms, and the release of a drug from the dosage form.

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology
Location: Boston, Worcester | Start Term: Fall | Format: Full-Time
During this full-time program, you’ll build on your previous education in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, or related field, to prepare you to perform research in exploring how drugs interact with biological systems.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Location: Worcester | Start Term: Fall | Format: Full-Time
In this three-year, year-round doctoral program, you will experience a challenging course of study designed to prepare you for future roles in practice, patient education, research, policy, and advocacy as a physical therapist.

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