What will I learn?

This doctoral program develops nurse scientists who are expert clinical scholars equipped to provide leadership in nursing practice, research and education. The degree is designed to educate professionals for excellence in nursing scholarship through original research. Our thesis-based degree offers opportunities to become research-intensive, gain core disciplinary knowledge and develop expertise within a substantive field. Before applying, candidates are required to seek out members of our award-winning faculty who they believe would be a good “fit” with their research plans. The University of Calgary is committed to helping new doctoral students get funding support through awards, faculty research programs, teaching assistantships, and research scholarships.

Outcomes and next steps

Healthcare, community health, advanced practice nursing, pediatrics, gerontology, mental health, acute care, ICU, oncology, palliative care, maternal/child health, NICU, pulmonary care, clinical simulation, nursing research, nursing education, critical incident stress, health policy, spiritual care.

A PhD in nursing is usually considered a final degree, but may lead to post-doctoral study.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Nursing

Study options

Full Time (Four years full-time; six years maximum)

Tuition fees
CAN $12,695 Program fee for first 12 months of study; International continuing fee: CAN $3,693; General fee 12 months of study: CAN $1,830
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

Faculty of Nursing

2800 University Way N.W.,

CALGARY,

Alberta (AB),

T2N 1N4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based) or 560 (paper-based); International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version); Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) score of 80, or higher; Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 59, or higher (Academic version).

For international students

Minimum education:

Registered nurse holding CPR certification at the Basic Rescuer or Basic Cardiac Life Support or 'C' level. A masters degree with specific graduate-level coursework: One graduate-level course in quantitative methods One graduate-level course in qualitative methods One graduate-level course in statistics Exceptions may be considered.

GPA: A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

English Language Requirements

  • TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based) or 580 (paper-based).
  • IELTS score of 7.0 (Academic version)
  • MELAB score of 83, or higher
  • PTE score of 68, or higher (Academic version)
  • By successfully completing Tier 3 of the University of Calgary's International Foundations Program

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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