College of Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

Program Overview

The PhD program in Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan prepares nurse scholars for leadership roles with the knowledge and skills to advance nursing as an academic, research, and practice discipline. During this educative process, doctoral students will participate in critical appraisal, knowledge generation, research synthesis, and knowledge transfer. As graduates, these nurse scientists will contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities with recognition of their diversities, vulnerabilities, and their environments for health and care.


The PhD Program in Nursing prepares nurse scientists who will:

  • Develop in-depth knowledge of a substantive area of nursing science
  • Develop conceptual and analytical skills in nursing knowledge, theory development, and theory testing
  • Integrate knowledge from nursing and related disciplines that supports health for individuals, families, and communities at the local, national, and international levels
  • Actively participate in the development of nursing knowledge, adding to the evidentiary base for nursing practice
  • Demonstrate excellence in nursing scholarship
  • Model values consistent with integrity in science and professional nursing
  • Provide leadership in the nursing profession
  • Advance nursing as an academic and practice discipline
  • Demonstrate skills in scholarly writing, grant application, and knowledge transfer
  • Work collaboratively with professionals, scientists in other disciplines, and other stakeholders to solve problems and challenges to effect improvements in health for populations within the context of diversity and vulnerability
  • Conduct original doctoral research that will lead to a future program of research

Environment for Learning

Students will participate in a program of study involving core and cognate courses designed to meet student needs for specialization. The learning environment supports a spirit of inquiry and is intellectually rigorous, stimulating, and challenging. Mentorship opportunities will be available in research, teaching, and leadership in the College of Nursing. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research and practice are available through the College's association with eight other health sciences disciplines at the University of Saskatchewan. At this College, areas of research strength include diverse and vulnerable populations, and environments for health and care. English is the language of study. Areas of study include nursing science and philosophy, nursing research methodology, and a cognate area relevant to nursing.