Doctor of Philosphy (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Pursue your PhD with us

The PhD program in the Faculty of Nursing develops nurse scientists who are expert clinical scholars equipped to provide leadership in nursing practice, research and education.

The degree is designed to educate professionals for excellence in nursing scholarship through original research. Our thesis-based degree offers opportunities to become research-intensive, gain core disciplinary knowledge and develop expertise within a substantive field.

Before applying, candidates are required to seek out members of our award-winning faculty who they believe would be a good “fit” with their research plans.

The University of Calgary is committed to helping new PhD students obtain funding support through awards, faculty research programs, teaching assistantships, and research scholarships.

Nancy Clark, PhD Student Post-Candidacy, UCalgary Nursing

Required Courses

  • NURS 783: Winter1 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • NURS 726: Spring - Developing a Scholarly e-Portfolio
  • NURS 744: Fall1 - Health Policy & Advocacy
  • NURS 724: Winter2 - Philosophy, Knowledge and Research in Nursing
  • NURS 721: Fall2 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

For more details on these courses, review the Grad Calendar.

Important Notes on Admission

Applicants interested in the Doctoral program in the Faculty of Nursing should contact the Graduate Programs Office prior to applying to meet with a Program Specialist. We encourage international applicants to reach out to learn more.

Students are responsible for identifying a supervisor prior to applying.

To review potential supervisors please visit our Faculty Research page. Once a potential supervisor has been identified, make an appointment with a Program Specialist prior to submitting your application.

Academic Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in most cases is required for admission to a doctoral program
  • Minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average
  • Scholarly work: Examples of applicant’s written work i.e. publications, research reports/proposals, master’s thesis, etc.
  • Successful completion of one Master’s level course in each of the following areas: 

    • Quantitative research methods
    • Qualitative research methods
    • Statistics (may be tied to a quantitative research course)

Technology Requirements  

To successfully engage in learning experiences at the University of Calgary, students taking online, remote and blended courses are required to have reliable access to the following technology:

  • A computer with a supported operating system, as well as the latest security, and malware updates.
  • A current and updated web browser. 
  • Webcam (built-in or external).
  • Microphone and speaker (built-in or external), or headset with microphone.
  • Current antivirus and/or firewall software enabled.
  • Broadband internet connection.

Documents for Application Package

Below are links to forms that need to be completed after you have submitted your online application for admission.

Applicant's Proposed Academic Plan

Arrange to meet with your proposed supervisor to discuss your academic background and proposed plan of study. Review the courses that are required for your program, plan your course progression, and complete the attached Proposed Academic Plan.

Proposed Academic Plan

Supervisor's Notice of Support

After you have submitted your online application, please ask your proposed supervisor to complete the attached Notice of Support. As well, the proposed supervisor must provide a letter in support of your application for admission to This letter must also include what financial support the supervisor is able to offer.

Notice of Support

Reference Request & Appraisal Form

The application for admission to the doctoral program requires three references. One from your previous supervisor from your Master’s degree (if applicable), and two academic references. 

Your referees will receive a link to the reference request form after you submit the online application.

Contact our Programs office with any questions.

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Transcripts from ALL post-secondary

This includes transcripts from the institutions where the degree was awarded, from any institution where any transfer credit was received towards a program of study, or from where any independent coursework was taken.

Official hard copy transcripts may be sent to:

Faculty of Graduate Studies
MacKimmie Tower, 2nd Floor
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
T2N 1N4

Electronic transcripts are now being accepted, please forward to:

FGS & Nursing

Still have questions? Contact the Nursing Programs Office