Graduate Programs

*NEW* Online PhD Cohort - Spring 2015

June 30, 2014 - Exciting news!

The flexible delivery of the PhD program will be replaced by a cohort approach to online delivery. By being part of a cohort, students will have the opportunity to develop a network of colleagues with whom they will be working together through the PhD program.  The first cohort will begin program activities in Spring 2015. Cohorts will be admitted every second year (i.e. 2015, 2017, 2019). Deadline for applications to the online cohort is February 1, 2015.

This change does not affect students who opt to study on the University of Alberta campus, or those already enrolled as flexible delivery students. 

Click here for proposed course schedule. 

Contact Information: Pauline Paul ( and Wendy Caplan (

Nursing Graduate Education

The Master of Nursing program was established in 1975 and in 1997 the focus of the program changed to Advanced Nursing Practice. The new program prepares nurses for leadership roles in nursing and health care. The theoretical, experiential, and research basis for practice helps students demonstrate specialized clinical skills. Students in the master's program can enroll on a full or part-time basis in either a thesis or course-based route.

The PhD in Nursing program began in 1991 and is the first funded Canadian nursing PhD program. The goal of this program is to prepare nurses for excellence in the development and organization of nursing knowledge. Students become leaders in the nursing profession as they focus on developing and testing nursing theory, advancing and perfecting nursing knowledge, identifying nursing practice phenomena and designing practice systems relevant to the nursing discipline.

Contact Information

Graduate Programs
Faculty of Nursing
4-171 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 87 Avenue
University of Alberta
Edmonton Alberta, Canada  T6G 1C9


Telephone: 780.492.9546
1.888.492.8089 (Toll Free)
Fax: 780.492.2551

Dr. Pauline Paul
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
Phone: 780.492.4338

Tracy Quigley
Graduate Services Administrator  
Phone: 780.492.4567

Anita Green
Graduate Services Administrator  
Phone: 780.492.8055

Doctoral Student Trainee Opportunity
Funding commences April 2015