Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Health Sciences
Field of Study:Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Careers:Government Managers - Health and Social Policy Development and Program Administration


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program prepares nurse scientists to conduct research and to assume major roles in the development, evaluation and dissemination of knowledge about issues of interest to Nursing. Acculturated into an academic environment that embodies scholarship, graduates of this program are well-prepared for careers as researchers and educators in both academic and health care settings.

Students benefit from small classes and excellent access to world-class professors with varied expertise. Nurtured by close mentoring relationships with faculty advisors, students in the doctoral program engage early and continuously in research under the supervision of an advisory committee.

The program emphasizes openness to, and respect for, multiple ways of knowing, living, and being healthy, and valuing of varied philosophical, epistemological, and theoretical viewpoints. The program is closely linked with the research programs of faculty members.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Admission Requirements:
    Both general and program-specific requirements must be met to be considered for admission. All programs have one intake annually, beginning in September.
    ▪ Completion of a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a program that is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) or approved by an appropriate provincial nursing organization.
    ▪ GPA of 78 per cent (B+) or higher
    ▪ Undergraduate preparation in research and statistics
    ▪ RN registration in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario and able to practice without restrictions (expect international students).
    ▪ Current membership in the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (except international students).

    In addition to the general admission requirements listed above, applicants to this program must meet the following criteria:
    ▪ Completion of a master's degree in Nursing (or other field related to health care).
    ▪ Agreement for supervision from a faculty member whose research aligns with the applicant's interests and who has been approved to supervise PhD students.
    ▪ Completion of a master’s thesis/research project.
    ▪ Applicants from non-thesis master's programs will also be considered and will complete a Qualifying Research Project early in their program of study.
    ▪ PhD applicants may be required to interview with a panel of core faculty as part of the application process.
    Application Notes : Additional Requirements:
    ▪ International students must meet English language fluency requirements

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 19, 2022