PhD in Nursing


The College of Nursing’s doctoral program promotes the development of outstanding scholars with emerging programs of research focused on health issues amongst diverse populations. Our program integrates areas of philosophy of science and knowledge translation along with health care services, systems, and policy research as a foundation to nurture health researchers within the discipline of nursing.

Application deadlines: February 1 for Canadian applicants; November 1 for international applicants.

Features of the program

  • Students in the PhD program complete a core curriculum of 12 credit hours. In collaboration with the student’s supervisor, additional coursework to support their thesis work will be considered.
  • A core course that focusses on health policy and knowledge translation, which is unique to and innovative in Canadian nursing doctoral education.
  • Doctoral students will complete a set of comprehensive examinations and independently conduct a thesis study within their chosen substantive area of nursing science.
  • Faculty members available to supervise doctoral students are recognized nationally and internationally as leading edge and innovative nurse scientists. Each possesses knowledge and skill in mentoring graduate students in development of research and knowledge translation skills.
  • The Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research (MCNHR), within the College of Nursing, is a rich resource for doctoral students, providing access to data analysis consultation, connection with network of researchers and health leaders.
  • The PhD in Nursing Program has defined a mechanism for a transfer option from the University of Manitoba’s Masters in Nursing program to the PhD program for students who demonstrate exceptional academic standing in the MN Program.


 Students graduating from the PhD Program in Nursing will:

  • Students graduating from the PhD Program in Nursing will:
  • develop knowledge in their identified substantive area within nursing science;
  • generate and apply new knowledge concerning human health conditions and systems for care, with a specific focus on application within nursing, nursing’s roles, and influence on individual/family/community/population health outcomes;
  • contribute to nurses’ influence within health care, health systems, and health services;
  • enhance their skills to critique, communicate, disseminate, and integrate diverse perspectives of knowledge amongst interdisciplinary partners, programs and policies in the provinces and beyond;
  • emerge as nursing leaders related to clinical practice, education, research/evaluation, administration, government and policy development;
  • build on programs of research within the College of Nursing; thereby extending knowledge and translation of evidence within the profession of nursing, addressing the imperative for evidence informed practice, education, leadership, and policy.

Expectations of the student

Students in the PhD in Nursing Program will receive approval for admission based on their prior academic and professional performance, research focus, demonstrated leadership, and clear readiness to engage in the program. There is an expectation that the students are sufficiently self directed to pace themselves within the course requirements and time-to-completion policies.

Length of program

The length of the program will normally be 4 years. Courses are not offered on-line or by distance.

Graduate Student Facilities

Graduate student facilities such as space and other support resources within the University are provided, and include: study carrels, library resources, audio/visual resources, and computer resources. Active student associations at the University include the Graduate Students’ Association and the Graduate Nursing Students’ Association. The Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research (MCNHR) is located within the College of Nursing and provides assistance to graduate nursing students with their research and data analysis.