"The structure of the program with the compressed class schedule is just perfect for someone with a lot going on in their life. The flexibility really fits my lifestyle. And my supervisor is very supportive and good at staying in touch. The program is really geared toward the adult learner"
DENISE WILSON, M.SC., 2009
The graduate nursing program at Queen’s University is designed for students interested in nursing research and / practice. Our M.Sc. research-focused, thesis-based program gives you the opportunity to choose among three fields of study* : Chronic Health Conditions; Primary Health Care in Nursing; Transitions in Health and Illness. Our M.Sc. course-based program (Primary Health Care Nursing field) gives you the opportunity to prepare for advanced practice in primary health care nursing in conjunction with the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Diploma program.Our Ph.D. program is geared toward preparing you for a career as a nurse scientist by immersing you in independent research into the nature, impact, outcome and management of a range of health and illness-related transitions.
* Pending approval
Our students have the opportunity to take courses and exchange research interests with students in other disciplines. As well, students can avail travel opportunities for data collection trips within Ontario.
Career paths – employment opportunities
Some of our recent graduates now hold positions as: • Advanced practice nursing – orthopaedic surgery, Kingston General Hospital• Nursing Manager, Kingston General Hospital• Asthma educator• Work with pharmaceutical companies• Clinical nurse specialist in breast cancer • Clinical nurse specialist in cardiovascular care• Infection control advanced practice nurse• Research Coordinator, Ottawa Health Research Institute.
M.Sc.: 2 years, full time
Ph.D.: 4 years
For a select group of students (2-5 per year), we allow accelerated entry to the Ph.D. program after one year in the Master’s program.
Method of Completion
M.Sc. : Course work, and research based thesis
M.Sc. (PHCN field): Course work and a project
Ph.D.: Course work, comprehensive exams and thesis
For the M.Sc. thesis route and the Ph.D. program, advance contact with supervisors is not required, but we recommend that you look at our website to learn about our faculty members’ areas of research. On your application form, we will ask you to list three faculty members with whom you would like to work. We will match you with a thesis supervisor upon acceptance to the M.Sc. thesis program or to the Ph.D. program.
- Joan Almost, Ph.D., Workplace relationships and the impact on the nursing work environment.
- Diane Buchanan, Ph.D., Depression; successful aging
- Dana Edge, Ph.D., Health of populations living in rural and remote Canada
- Christina Godfrey, Ph.D., Management of chronic disease, knowledge translation; system review methodology
- Jennifer Medves, Ph.D., Nursing in healthy rural workplaces
- Kim Sears, Ph.D., Safe medication delivery for children and families
- Joan Tranmer, Ph.D., Gender-based analysis of care for persons living with chronic cardiovascular and cancer conditions
- Deborah Treguno, Ph.D.,Quality and patient safety in critical care.
- Mona Sawhney, Ph.D.,Pain education and management
- Elizabeth Van DenKerkhof, Ph.D., The role of lifestyle, psychological and clinical factors in chronic pain and pain-related outcomes
- Rosemary Wilson, Ph.D., Acute and chronic pain and pain-related outcomes
- Kevin Woo, Ph.D., Wound related pain management and key factors that influence wound healing.
M.Sc. thesis route and Ph.D. students qualify for research assistantships (RA) and teaching assistantships (TA), QGA grants and internal awards. M.Sc. (PHCN field) students qualify for some RA and TA’s.
Ph.D.: minimum $18,000 per year
We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (CIHR, OGS, etc.). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.
M.Sc.: a minimum GPA 3.0 from a baccalaureate program in nursing, registration (or registration eligibility) as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario, malpractice insurance, undergraduate courses in research methods & statistics. Admission to the M.Sc. (PHCN) also requires two years of full-time RN practice within the past five years.
Ph.D.: Master’s degree in Science or equivalent master’s degree in nursing with a minimum average of 75% (B+) over core courses, & letters of reference.
For international students, if required, TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have he minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
Key Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadline: February 1
Notification of Acceptance: Mid March to early April.
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