Download and submit all items for the PhD program. All documents should be uploaded into your online application.
- Completed Master's degree with the equivalent to a McMaster B+ GPA.
- Completion of a Master's level research thesis or equivalent (e.g. the candidate has already conducted funded research).
- Identification of a faculty member who agrees to supervise the student. See our Areas of Excellence for a list of potential supervisors. NOTE: It is expected that applicants will approach potential supervisors at least three months prior to the application deadline. Please download the form here.
- Provide evidence of current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
- Submit two official transcripts. Please include BScN, MScN/MN and any additional course work. Please note that non-English transcripts must be translated and notarized. Please submit an unofficial transcript in your online application.
- Submit two academic references through the online application. (See Grad FAQ for details on academic versus clinical references). McMaster University uses the Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your Academic referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf. Please ensure you enter only your two academic references through the online application system.
- Submit one clinical reference from a person who has known you in a professional context. McMaster University uses the Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your clinical referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf.
- Submit a Curriculum Vitae in the online application.
- Submit a personal essay responding to the five questions outlined here to provide us with insight into your motivation and interest in the PhD program. The answers should be submitted directly into the online application.
- Declare Focus Within Fields of Study: Please download the form here.
If English is not your native language, an official copy of a TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English (i.e. IELTS, MELAB) is needed. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test of 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is required. IELTS minimum score 7.0.
The appropriate foundation for graduate level entry is a professional degree. Candidates must comply with the School of Graduate Studies regulations for the Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees.
FACILITATED INDIGENOUS ADMISSIONS PROGRAM (FIAP): SELF-IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
With an understanding that Indigenous learners can face specific barriers or challenges when pursuing higher education, schools and programs within McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences have facilitated admissions streams for applicants with Indigenous North American (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) ancestry. This process is intended to provide equitable access to Indigenous applicants and aligns with the intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. Applicants wishing to apply through McMaster’s FIAP need to complete the supplementary self-identification application in addition to McMaster university and program specific application processes. All Indigenous applicants who meet the admission criteria will be considered within an Indigenous applicant cohort.
Full details are found on the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Website: https://ishs.mcmaster.ca/admissions/self-identification
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to supply evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language. The most common evidence is a score of at least 92 (iBT), 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Nursing Graduate Program requires a minimum score of 7.0 for IELTS (Academic Test).
Pre-Clinical Communicable Disease Screening
The Ontario Public Hospitals Act requires that all persons working in a hospital setting meet certain criteria regarding surveillance for infectious diseases. In order for the requirement of the legislation to be met, once students have been enrolled in the Nursing Program, they must complete the Pre-Clinical Communicable Disease Screening on an annual basis. More information will be sent to specific applicants prior to registration.
Specific questions can be directed to the Office of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Health Sciences).