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Graduate Studies Calendar 2019-2020 Program Descriptions Nursing NURS Master of Nursing (course-based)
Master of Nursing (course-based)
1. Degrees Offered
  • Master of Nursing (MN), course-based, on campus

Master of Nursing programs prepare nurses for advanced practice in focused areas that may include direct clinical practice, education, or health policy/leadership.

Master of Nursing (course-based) is also offered as a Laddered Certificate Pathway program with blended delivery. See Laddered Certificate Pathway to the MN.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Faculty of Nursing requires that an applicant must:

a) Be a Registered Nurse holding a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing;

b) Be eligible for active nursing registration in Alberta (registrants in the program must provide proof of active CARNA registration or equivalent each year);

c) Hold CPR Certification at the Basic Rescuer or Basic Cardiac Life Support or “C” level;

d) Have successfully completed one undergraduate course (3 units) in research methodology;

e) Have successfully completed one undergraduate course (3 units) in statistics;

f) Submit two references, one from someone capable of assessing the applicant’s academic and research ability, normally an academic, and one from someone who can attest to the applicant’s nursing practice and expertise;

g) Submit a security/police clearance letter (Alberta Health Services require security clearance checks for nursing graduate students who will be doing a practicum or research in the region);

h) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, submit a minimum TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based test); IELTS score of 7.0; MELAB score of 83; PTE score of 68; or complete Tier III of the International Foundations program ( with a minimum grade of "B" on Academic Writing & Grammar III, "B" on Reading Comprehension & Proficiency III, and "B" on Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency III, and;

i) Have an interview(s) with a faculty member, if requested by the Faculty.

The practicum providers and public health authorities have determined that in order to participate in practicum it is mandatory for students to be immunized against/tested for a variety of communicable diseases. They also must be fit tested for a N95 mask. Further information is available on the Faculty of Nursing website.

Any graduate student requesting transfer to the integrated MN/NP program must consult with their current supervisor prior to application.

Applicants to the MN course-based program have the option of registering as a part-time student.

Academic Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities

It is important for students with documented disabilities, who have met the admission criteria, to note that the Academic Accommodation Policy does not require the University to lower or substantially modify standards in order to accommodate students with disabilities. Adaptive technology and/or academic accommodations are available to facilitate learning, but they do not relieve students of their responsibilities to develop the essential skills and abilities expected of all other students.

3. Application Deadline

Deadlines for submission of complete applications are available on the Future Students website:

4. Advanced Credit

Applicants must include requests for advanced credit, accompanied by a rationale, when they apply for admission. For courses taken outside the University of Calgary, applicants must provide official transcripts and a copy of the course outline detailing the course description, objectives, assignments, readings, etc. See Advanced Credit.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies' requirements, the Faculty of Nursing requires the following:

Master of Nursing (course-based)

a) Successful completion of the following core courses: Nursing 605, 611, 621, 627, 629, 633, 634, 683.

b) One graduate-level course (3 units) in statistics (Nursing 609).

c) Two graduate-level elective courses (3 units each) related to the student's focus of study.

Master of Nursing/Master of Business Administration (course-based)

Students admitted to the MN/MBA will focus on courses for the MBA during the first year and on MN courses in year two. Typically, the remaining courses required will be completed in year three. A total of 78 units is required. Course requirements include:

a) MBA courses (51 units):

b) MN courses (27 units):

6. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Under special circumstances, with the consent of the Faculty, students may take undergraduate courses, normally at the senior or 500-level, for the Master of Nursing degree.

7. Time Limit

Expected completion time for full-time students in the Master of Nursing program is two years. Maximum completion time is six years.

8. Supervisory Assignments

Students in any of the course-based routes of the Graduate Programs will be assigned a permanent supervisor throughout their program of study.

9. Required Examinations

Master of Nursing (course-based) examination

A final oral examination will occur after completion of all coursework, including a presentation of the student's scholarly project. The oral examination will be scheduled after the receipt of the Nursing 634 grade and will consist of an oral defense of the project.

10. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar. Scholarship application packages will be available on the Faculty of Nursing Website prior to each competition deadline. The application deadline for internal scholarships is February 1. Please note that the deadlines for external funding applications may not coincide with the February 1 deadline.