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In our program, you will gain advanced nursing knowledge for practice, policy, and education. This knowledge and new skills will open career options in nursing and healthcare. You will become a leader in your field through clinical practica or co-op learning opportunities.

We offer our programs through online/distributed learning platforms. You will collaborate in communities of learners while you continue your professional work.

Degree programs offered

Our APL program is a course-based and practice-oriented degree option that will prepare you for a wide variety of roles. You will become a leader in different spheres of influence, from client interactions to health policies and systems. You will gain practical experience in many settings, including acute care, community, long-term, government, and primary care.

We offer either a capstone or research thesis that integrates theory into nursing practices.

Our NUED program is a course-based and practice-oriented degree option that will prepare you for nurse educator roles in many sectors. You will gain competencies to work across healthcare and academic settings. You will learn how to influence nursing practices in health facilities and in nursing education.

We offer either a capstone or research thesis that integrates theory into nursing practices.

Our NP program will expand your thinking and understanding about health and illness at a higher level. You will gain competency in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment while working holistically with patients, families, and communities. You will become a leader and change agent in the delivery of primary health care as an independent clinician and member of interdisciplinary teams.

With this degree, you will qualify as a family Nurse Practitioner in British Columbia. This is a course-based degree with a clinical experience component which takes place in British Columbia.

This double-degree option lets you study nursing and health informatics side-by-side. There is a growing demand for knowledgeable nurses who can select, develop, implement and evaluate information technology. All of our graduates have found employment immediately after graduation. You’ll study areas of health technology like telehealth and electronic health care records.

In this program you’ll complete a thesis or a research project.

A PhD in nursing is the culmination of your deep, active knowledge of nursing. You will examine and further develop the intersections of research, education, and advanced practice nursing. In this self-directed program, you will develop a strong grounding in philosophical thought, expertise in research methodologies, and conduct independent research.  As a graduate of this program you will be prepared to generate and communicate research findings that will serve and support diverse audiences and stakeholders.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
APL, NUED 2 years full-time; 3-4 years part-time Yes Yes
NP 2 years Yes Yes
MN +MSc 3-5 years Yes No
PhD 4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate, Distance
Program delivery:
Distance/Off-campus, Other: Online
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional, Other: Practice experience

Areas of focus

  • Nursing practices and knowledge
  • Nursing and health policy
  • Professional practices
  • Nurse education and teaching
  • Health system leadership
  • Nursing philosophy
  • Integrated primary health care
  • Nursing ethics

Find a supervisor

PhD students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • You must list a potential supervisor on your application.
  • This faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission.
  • Include an email from your supervisor with your application.

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you’ve found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

MN students do not need a supervisor for admission. We'll assign you a supervisor based on availability and area of research early in your program.

Anastasia Mallidou

Associate Professor, NUHI Program Coordinator Health services research, organizational context, knowledge translation, leadership, health informatics, health policy, healthy aging

Anne Bruce

Professor Palliative care nursing; contemplative practices in teaching and learning; mindfulness meditation; death and dying; living with fatal chronic conditions; narrative and interpretive inquiry

Bernadette (Bernie) Pauly

Professor Substance use; harm reduction (Needle and syringe distribution, supervised consumption sites, managed alcohol programs, drug checking, Naloxone distribution, peer to peer support); safer supply, overdose responses, health equity; social determinants of health; vulnerable populations; public health systems and services, nursing ethics; public health ethics; access to health care; homelessness, housing, community engaged research, qualitative research; mixed methods

Christina Chakanyuka

Limited Term Assistant Professor

Christine Upright

Assistant Teaching Professor

Christine Ou

Assistant Professor Sleep; children; perinatal/maternal mental health; parenting; policy; knowledge translation; mixed methods; relational autonomy

Coby Tschanz

Associate Teaching Professor Hospice palliative nursing practice, human living experiences, nursing theory-guided practice and research, nursing education: rituals in nursing education, inter-professional and interdisciplinary teamwork

Damien Contandriopoulos

Professor and Acting Director of Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022) Primary care, Nurse practitioners, Health policy, Home Care, Nursing, Physician compensation, Social Network Analysis, Realist evaluation, Knowledge Exchange

Deborah Thoun

Associate Professor and NUED Program Coordinator Nursing theory based research; research methodologies congruent with human science perspective; exploration of lived experience such as time passing, suffering, facing the unknown

Debra Sheets

Professor Gerontological nursing, caregivers, dementia, community engaged, health promotion, engagement in arts, evaluation research, aging policy, long-term care, gerontechnology

Donald (Don) Versluis

Assistant Teaching Professor Inter-professional care teams, health care quality improvement, education, and leadership, internal medicine

Dzifa Dordunoo

Assistant Professor Heart failure, sickle cell and critical care

Esther Sangster-Gormley

Associate Professor Primary health care: the role and function of the nurse practitioner in the delivery of primary health care. The acceptance role of the nurse practitioner by patients, physicians and health care administrators, and integration of the role into the health system

Ingrid Handlovsky

Assistant Professor Health equity, social environments/circumstances and health practices, experiences and outcomes, gender and sexual identity, individuals, groups and populations subject to disadvantage due to structural circumstances (with a focus on discrimination) and nursing practice thereof, mental health, substance use, harm reduction, critical theory, grounded theory

Jae-Yung Kwon

Assistant Professor Patient-reported outcomes; hermeneutics; knowledge translation

Joan Humphries

Limited Term Assistant Teaching Professor BSN Partnership Academic Coordinator

Karen Evers-Fahey

Associate Teaching Professor Jungian psychology, mental health issues in acute and chronic medical illness, adaptation, life stage development, relational nursing, post-adolescent brain development and teaching implications

Karen MacKinnon

Associate Professor Childbearing experiences; health equity; Institutional Ethnography; JBI; perinatal nursing; nursing education; rural maternity care; social organization; systematic reviews

Katherine Bertoni

Associate Teaching Professor Primary care delivery models, nurse practitioners, practice leadership, health promotion, diabetes care and management, palliative approach to care

Kelli Stajduhar

Professor and PhD Coordinator Palliative and end-of-life care; family caregiving; home care; HIV/AIDS; oncology; vulnerable and marginalized populations; gerontology; health services research; qualitative and quantitative research methods; mixed method study design; collaborative, participatory research

Kim Daly

Assistant Teaching Professor

Laurene Sheilds

Executive Director, Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI); Professor Community; health promotion; empowerment; community nursing practice; life threatening illness and events; connectedness; people’s experiences of health, illness and healing; narrative inquiry; feminist research; story as a metaphor of healing; spirituality

Laurie Barnhardt

Assistant Teaching Professor and NP Coordinator Public and primary care partnerships for obesity management, a vehicle for np role optimization, , objective structured clinical examination development, nurse practitioners in primary care, supportive and palliative care oncology, nurse practitioners

Leanne Kelly

Assistant Teaching Professor Indigenous community health, public health, community engaged learning, Indigenous methodologies, equity and social justice

Lenora Marcellus

Professor, Acting Director (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022) Neonatal nursing; transition of the high risk newborn to the community; creating supportive environments for neonatal development; perinatal substance use; women’s health; leadership; quality improvement

Lorelei Newton

Assistant Professor Nursing ethics; professional practice/leadership; rural nursing; advanced practice nursing; nursing education; geriatric oncology; palliative care; knowledge translation

Marcia Hills

Professor, Associate Director of Research and Scholarship Health promotion; curriculum development; family health; participatory action research; international health

Margaret Scaia

Assistant Teaching Professor, Acting Associate Director Undergraduate Programs and Partnerships Distance education curriculum development and management, simulation learning models in nursing education, clinical practice models, health promotion/public health and mental health, history of nursing and nursing education

Marilou Gagnon

Professor HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, supervised consumption sites, drug policy, social justice, human rights, whistle-blowing in health care (nursing)

Maureen Ryan

Teaching Professor (tenured), Associate Dean Academic - Faculty of Human & Social Development Nursing Education Scholarship; Indigenous Health and Well-being; Community Health; Participatory Action Research; Critical Social theory

Nancy Clark

Assistant Professor Community-engaged, immigrant & refugee mental health; intersectionality, social justice, equity, ethnography, arts-based methods

Olga Petrovskaya

Assistant Professor Technology in health care; eHealth; Electronic Health Records; online patient portals; care practices; Continental philosophy; post-structuralism; socio-material theory; actor-network theory; nursing theory; health services research; qualitative research methods; ethnography; systematic literature reviews; scoping & umbrella reviews

Rosalie Starzomski

Professor and APL Program Coordinator Health care and nursing ethics; nephrology nursing; transplantation/organ donation; ethical issues related to biotechnology (e.g. genetic testing for polycystic kidney disease); health and social policy (e.g. consumer involvement in health care decision making); interdisciplinary collaboration; leadership and advanced nursing practice

Ruth Larson

Assistant Teaching Professor Evidence informed practice; chronic disease management in the elderly; impact of NP primary care delivery on “End of Life” care planning for seniors; how NP leadership is enacted in clinical practice

Sarah Pirani

Assistant Teaching Professor Curriculum Design, Teaching & Learning Strategies, Simulation, Nurse Practitioner Education, Primary Care, Mental Health & Psychiatry

Susan Duncan

Professor Nursing education leadership; policy analysis and advocacy; participatory research; public health nursing; primary health care

Susan Prendergast

Assistant Professor Nurse practitioner education, primary care, fertility, endocrine health, pregnancy, birth, mothering, hormone replacement therapy

Wendy Neander

Assistant Teaching Professor Bicultural interactions in Nursing Education and Practice; HIV/AIDS in vulnerable populations; Interdisciplinary Education; healthy aging; global health; health promotion and social justice; Indigenous knowledge and Nursing knowledge, similarities and differences. nursing work force issues, retention; applied nursing science, for clinical practice with vulnerable populations.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Applications open September 1.
  • Canadian and International students: apply by December 1.
  • The deadline for all documents is December 31.

Please note that the School of Nursing is September-entry only.

The PhD program accepts new students every even year (2020, 2022, etc.).

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-8994.

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