Your program of study will be designed with your thesis supervisor(s) taking into account your previous academic preparation, needs, and research interests.
If you obtained a 2-year Masters’ degree in Nursing at McGill University or at an approved institution elsewhere, you will be automatically entered into the second year of the PhD program. If you obtained a non-thesis master’s degree or a graduate degree in another field, you may be entered into the first year of the PhD program or be asked to complete some prerequisite courses for the doctoral-level research seminars.
Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 18 credits of coursework. Your coursework will be decided in consultation with your thesis supervisor(s) and the PhD program Director. There are 3 required courses for the PhD program in Nursing
NUR2 702 - Quantitative Research
NUR2 706 - Qualitative Nursing Research
NUR2 730 - Theory Development in Nursing
In addition to the required courses, you must complete a minimum of 9 credits of complementary courses (i.e., 3 courses) at the 500 level or above, related to research methods (e.g., advanced statistics, advanced qualitative research methods, issues in measurement, mixed-methods research, epidemiology) or substantive courses related to your research topic.
You may register for the comprehensive exam once you have completed a minimum of 18 credits of coursework. Additional courses can be taken throughout the program as needed, to contribute to your scholarly and research development.
Consult our Applying to Graduate Programs page for more information and detailed instructions regarding program-specific requirements.