Apply to the PhD in Nursing

Admission requirements for the PhD in Nursing program include:

  • Applicants must be registered nurses usually with a master's degree in nursing from a recognized university or an academic background in nursing through your Masters degree. If you do not have sufficient course work in the philosophical and scientific grounding of nursing, you may be asked to complete additional course work at the Master level before your application to the doctoral program will be considered.

  • An A- average (grade point average of 7.0 on the University of Victoria scale of 9.0).
  • Successful completion of a 500 level statistics course from a recognized post-secondary educational institute with a final grade of “B” or higher within 5-years of applicant's entry point into the program. This course must be completed before beginning the program.
  • The capacity to conduct original research and scholarship and the ability to communicate clearly in written and verbal format at a graduate level.
  • Applicants must secure a PhD supervisor prior to applying to the PhD program. Students are encouraged to review faculty profiles on the School of Nursing website and contact potential PhD supervisors by email to discuss possibility for supervision. Once a supervisor is secured, an email attestation indicating willingness to supervise the student’s program of study and dissertation research must be included in the application materials.

Applying to the Phd program

Applications are due November 15, 2021. In cases where seats continue to be available, a second admission process may be launched in January 2022. Potential applicants are advised to check the School of Nursing website to keep apprised of a potential second admission process. Please see program prerequisites and requirements.

Entry into the PhD by Distributed Learning program will be every second even year (i.e. 2022, 2024, 2026). Applicants who are interested in pursuing a PhD in Nursing at the University of Victoria in years where there is no entry may apply to the University of Victoria as a non-registered student to take electives. However, this does not guarantee entry into the PhD in Nursing program. All potential applicants must apply to the School of Nursing on the published due date and meet all admission requirements noted above.

Interested applicants are required to consult with the graduate advisor in the School of Nursing as part of the application process.

All applicants are required to submit the standard UVic graduate studies application package according to the guidelines from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and must include in this package additional materials required by the School of Nursing. The application procedure is as follows:

  1. Before proceeding to submit an online application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Victoria, please ensure that you have reviewed and are familiar with the School of Nursing program requirements and application deadline, as well as how to upload and submit the required documentsIncomplete applications will not be considered.
  2. Complete the online application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Fill out the application including information pertaining to all post-secondary institutions at which you registered for courses and the name(s) and professional email addresses of your two academic references.*
    *The academic references must be submitted by qualified individuals (generally those who hold an academic position at a recognized post-secondary educational institution) as evidence of the applicant’s ability to undertake advanced academic work in the area of interest.
  3. Upload all required documents (as listed below):
    1. Unofficial Transcripts from every post-secondary institution previously attended. Failure to disclose previous studies may result in your admission and registration being cancelled. Official transcripts will be requested upon provisional admission to the program.
    2. Letter of Intent. The letter of intent is an important part of the application process and provides a formal sample of the applicant’s writing. The development of the letter of intent provides an opportunity for the candidate to reflect upon their preparation and goals in pursuing their doctoral degree in Nursing.
    3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) which includes your educational background, employment history, professional/academic affiliations and other achievements such as publications or awards. It should be a maximum of 4 pages long.
    4. Sample of scholarly writing (e.g. a chapter of thesis, published article, project paper). Submitted with your online application in digital form as a PDF.
    5. All potential PhD students must secure a PhD supervisor prior to applying to the PhD in Nursing program at the University of Victoria. Students are encouraged to review faculty profiles on the School website and contact potential PhD supervisors by email to discuss possibility for supervision. Once a supervisor is secured, they must sign the admission application to attest their willingness to supervise the student’s program of study and research.
    6. An email attestation from the proposed PhD supervisor who indicates a willingness to supervise the student’s program of study and dissertation research.

Notify the Graduate Advisor to confirm the submission of your complete application.

You may view the checklist on your My UVic application page for a list of received and outstanding documents.

If you meet the requirements to enter the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Victoria, your application will be forwarded electronically to the School of Nursing for further consideration. Notification of final decisions will be sent via email by both the School of Nursing and Graduate Admissions and Records, Faculty of Graduate Studies. 

Once accepted into the PhD in Nursing, confirmation of your intent to pursue studies must be sent to both the Graduate Admissions and Records office and the School of Nursing. In the event that you are unable to accept the offer into the PhD program in the year it is offered, you will be invited to reapply for the next admission date. In these instances, applicants are encouraged to highlight in the subsequent admission that an offer into the program has previously been made.