PhD in Nursing: Admission Requirements

nursing PhD

Interested applicants should refer to the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements and procedures by visiting: umanitoba.ca/graduate_studies. Applicants apply to the PhD in Nursing program through the Faculty of Graduate Studies by completing an on-line application or by downloading the application form and information here.

Application deadline is February 1; International applicants November 1.

Include the names and contact information of your three referees on the on-line application in order that the referees can be notified electronically. The referee is then sent notification that you have applied and is provided with a link to the College of Nursing's recommendation letter. References submitted electronically are automatically attached to your application.

Active Practicing Nurse Registration Requirements

Applicants who meet general admission requirements of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Graduate Studies will then be assessed based on the following College of Nursing admission requirements:

  1. Master’s degree, preferably in Nursing. Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis;
  2. Statement of Interest (approximately 500 words) that includes a short biographical sketch, reason for pursuing the doctoral program at the University of Manitoba, College of Nursing, area of substantive interest, prior work in area of interest, rationale for selection of the faculty advisor, readiness for doctoral study at this time;
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae;
  4. Written confirmation from the faculty member who has agreed to function as the Advisor for the potential doctoral student;
  5. Two exemplars of writing (e.g., scholarly work or publication in which you are the principal author, summary of Master’s work, documents written for professional work [briefs, advisories, guidelines, protocols, or policy]);
  6. Three (3) letters of reference indicating the applicant’s academic and/or professional qualifications, and the ability to succeed and thrive in the program to which the person has applied. Referees will be asked to describe the applicant’s teaching ability (if applicable), ability to carry out advanced study and research, promise for a successful career in the field, clinical expertise (if applicable), self-directedness, and any weaknesses (e.g.: inability to maintain sustained effort). The referee is asked to give an assessment of the applicant’s ability in English if English is not the applicant’s first language. The referee’s basis of the general assessment is required;
  7. Applicants must be prepared to submit documentation as outlined in the College's Non-Academic Admission Requirements by July 15. Please follow the link for details.
  8. All applicants must have completed the first three courses (*) or equivalent listed in the table below.
  9. Exceptional MN students from the University of Manitoba who wish to apply to the PhD program before completing the MN program must have completed the following 12 credit hours: 

Course No.         Course Name                                                            
 NURS 7090*  Science and Theory of Nursing        
 NURS 7210*  Qualitative Research Methods
 NURS 7220*  Quanititative Research Methods
 NURS 7340

 Evidence Informed Practice