McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences
1200 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8N 3Z5


Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences
Degree: Doctorate
Field of Study: Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Description The Ph.D. graduate will be expected to function as a leader in the profession who can direct and carry out independent research. The students will, through course work, complete a comprehensive examination and a research thesis: demonstrate the ability to integrate scientific principles and theory in the solution of health care problems; communicate effectively in educational and professional settings; complete at least one required and two selected half courses, as well as a Doctoral Seminar; plan, develop, and carry out research which makes an original contribution to nursing knowledge; present research results both orally and through peer reviewed publication; and complete and defend a written thesis.
Website: Nursing at McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences
Thesis Based? Yes
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes supplementary fees.
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7.0]

Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit an official copy of their TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is required. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is needed for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Students taking the IELTS are required to achieve a minimum score of 7. Equivalent scores on other recognized tests may also be considered. Each of these scores are only valid for 2 years. Students who have completed an Academic ESL program through Canadian academic institutions may petition to have this considered in lieu of TOEFL. Applicants may be exempted from this requirement if they have completed a university degree at which English is the language of instruction.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
Applicants are required to submit two academic and one clinical reference, confidential letters from one person who has known you in a professional context, a personal essay responding to the 5 questions to provide us with insight into your motivation and interest in the PhD program, and a Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications and funded research grants). Please visit the website for complete details.

* 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.

Last Updated: October 31, 2016