Doctoral Program in Nursing

The PhD program in Nursing is designed to prepare nurses for careers as researchers, academics and health care leaders who will develop the discipline of nursing through the advancement of nursing knowledge, practice and education.


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Doctoral program in Nursing at McGill University are required to:

  • Have completed master’s level studies with either an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing.
  • Have a minimum C.G.P.A. (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 3.3 (B+) or higher on a scale of 4.0 (i.e., B+ or 75% average) , in both the applicant's undergraduate and graduate programs
  • O.I.I.Q. (Ordre des infirmières and infirmiers du Québec) registration is required only if the applicant is planning to practice as a nurse in Québec.

English Language requirement

please review the "Doctoral" tab on our Applying to Nursing page.

Competency in French

Although French language proficiency is not a requirement for program admission, a working knowledge of French is an important asset for student who will conduct their dissertation research in Quebec.

Application Process

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) provides all the necessary information on how to apply. All applications to McGill University are submitted via uApply.

You are required to provide the name of a potential supervisor for the PhD program. See for a list of our faculty researchers and their programs of research. In addition, the School requires applicants to provide documents that are specific to each concentration.

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Nursing program will provide or upload:

  • Acceptance by Research Supervisor: provide the name of a current faculty member whom you have previously contacted and who has agreed to be your thesis supervisor.
  • References: two academic references are required from professors who are familiar with your academic work and who can comment on your research aptitudes. You must list a valid institutional or corporate email for your referees - public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo will not be accepted by the School.
  • Written Work: include a sample of written scholarly work, preferably in which you are the sole or primary author (25 pages or less). Examples are: A published or unpublished manuscript illustrative of concept analysis, an in-depth literature review in a focused area or a research report (international students whose original scholarly writing is not in English or French should submit a copy of the writing translated into English or French).
  • Personal Statement: should vary between three to four single-spaced pages, and should address the following:
    1. Why are you pursuing doctoral study in nursing science?
    2. Why did you specifically select a PhD in nursing science at McGill?
    3. Please comment on your qualifications and readiness for doctoral study.
    4. What are your long-term career goals, and how do you see the program contributing to meeting them?
    5. Briefly describe a problem area in nursing science on which you think you would like to focus.
    6. List potential thesis supervisor(s) with whom you have had contact.

Application Deadlines


Canadian applicants:

International applicants

Fall Admission

April 1st

January 1st

Winter Admission

November 1st

August 1st

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