PhD in Nursing: International applicants

The deadline for completed applications to all Graduate Nursing Programs by applicants educated outside of Canada and the United States is November 1.

Admission requirements

Click here for the admission requirements and other information regarding the PhD in Nursing program.

Pre-requisite/program requirements
: The College of Nursing reviews your application to determine if you meet the basic admission requirements. Your adjusted grade point average (AGPA) is calculated to determine if it meets the minimum AGPA requirement of 3.0 by University of Manitoba standards. If you meet these and all of the other requirements (that is, the English Language Test score - see Faculty of Graduate Studies English Language requirements; 3 credit hours each of master’s level courses/or equivalent: Science and Theory of Nursing, Qualitative Research Methods, and Quantitative Research Methods), you are informed by the College of Nursing by email that you meet the initial admission requirements.

Application process

Please read the previous section “International Applicants to the Graduate Nursing Programs – Application Process” prior to reading the following information.

Completing the application

When you apply to the PhD in Nursing program, there are two sections of the application that applicants to the PhD in Nursing program are unable to complete by the November 1 deadline: 1) the section of the statement of intent in which applicants indicate the rationale for the selection of the academic advisor; 2) written confirmation from the faculty member who has agreed to advise you in the event that you are admitted to the PhD in Nursing program.

Refer to the admission requirements for the PhD in Nursing program: Confirmation from the advisor would be submitted later, following the initial screening of your application, referral to potential academic advisors, and acceptance by an academic advisor. This information would be due by the final deadline of February 1.

**Reminder: Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Obtaining an academic advisor

If you meet the program requirements, we assist you with finding an academic advisor. [View the advisor section for further information on obtaining an academic advisor.] You are expected to have a proposed doctoral studies research focus, including research topic/questions and methodology prior to discussions with potential advisors.

Note: The College of Nursing cannot guarantee that the College of Nursing academic staff will have the expertise related to your proposed research topic/area of research.

After an academic staff member agrees to advise you in your studies in the event that you are admitted to the PhD in Nursing program, you will be required to complete the remainder of the PhD in Nursing admission requirement #2 (i.e., advisor section of the statement of intent), and upload the confirmation of advisement to your application in AY, the Apply Yourself application system, both of which would be due no later than February 1.


The selection process may take approximately 4-8 weeks following the February 1 deadline for general applications to the PhD Program.

Your application will be reviewed by the selection committee after February 1. If your application is successful, you will be recommended to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for admission to the PhD in Nursing program. This recommendation must then be considered and approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies before you are offered admission.

You will be informed by email if your application is accepted or rejected. If accepted, you must respond by indicating that you accept the offer of admission. At this time, you will also be required to declare if you will be attending as a full-time or part-time student.

You can also check the status of your application at any time in AY, the Apply Yourself application system.