Is a PhD in Nursing Right for You?

Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing is the program for you if you are:

  • a licensed nurse with a master's degree in Nursing, or a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's in another field
  • a non-nurse with a master’s degree and a strong interest in healthcare research related to nursing theory, practice or administration

The doctoral program in Nursing is designed to prepare graduates for careers as independent researchers, academics and health care leaders who will contribute to the development of the discipline of nursing through the advancement of healthcare research, knowledge, practice and education.

Established in 1994 as a joint program with the Université de Montréal, McGill awarded Canada’s first PhD in Nursing.

Consistently ranked by Maclean's Magazine as among the top five Best Nursing Programs in Canada, the Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN) is part of McGill’s renowned Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (recently ranked by Maclean’s as the best Medical Doctoral University in Canada for the 18th consecutive year).

As one of Canada’s top research-intensive doctoral programs in Nursing, we offer state-of-the-art research training facilities and a large network of affiliated research institutes and clinical partners through McGill’s teaching hospitals and other Quebec health and social service organizations.

Our nursing faculty lead cutting-edge research in a wide range of fields including implementation science, psychosocial oncology, digital health, pediatric nursing, pain, public health, and nursing administration, offering a rich variety of learning and research opportunities. Click here to see a summary of faculty research.

We are home to the nursing philosophy and values-driven approach of Strengths-Based Nursing and Healthcare and are leading the development of SBNH practice and leadership, adopted in 28 countries worldwide thus far. We also are a founding member of RRISIQ (Réseau de recherche en interventions sciences infirmières du Québec/Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research) which offers additional training opportunities related to intervention development, testing and knowledge mobilization as well as access to resources to support researchers and trainees.

Graduates from McGill’s doctoral program in Nursing have assumed leadership roles in nursing research, academia, and health care administration across Canada, including Deans/directors of nursing programs, provincial nursing officers, executive managers of health networks, and award-winning nurse scholars.

Postdoctoral studies are available if you have a recent doctoral degree and wish to work with a Researcher from the School. Information regarding postdoctoral research can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

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