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Graduate Studies Calendar 2021-2022 Program Descriptions Nursing NURS Master of Nursing/Master of Business Administration (course-based)
Master of Nursing/Master of Business Administration (course-based)
1. Degree Offered
  • Master of Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MN/MBA), course-based

Master of Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MN/MBA) is a combined program offered with the Haskayne School of Business.

2. Admission Requirements

Applicants to the combined MN/MBA program must be admitted to the MN program, and make a separate application for admission to the MBA program. Students must meet the requirements of the MN and MBA programs. The respective Combined Program Committee will review each application. Normally, only a full-time student in the Master of Nursing program may take a combined program. Please consult with the Faculty of Nursing Graduate Programs Office for more information.

For MBA admission requirements, see MBA (Course-Based).

MN 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 or a Registered Psychiatric Nurse holding a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing.

b) Registered Nurses must be eligible for active nursing registration in Alberta (registrants in the program must provide proof of active CARNA registration or equivalent each year); Registered Psychiatric Nurses are expected to provide proof of active registration with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) or equivalent each year.

c) Have completed one undergraduate course (3 units) in statistics with a grade of "C" or better.

d) 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.

e) 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; PTE score of 68; or a CAEL overall score of 70 (no less than 70 on reading and writing sections). This requirement can also be met by completing the Academic Communication Certificate with a minimum grade of "A-" in writing courses.

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

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.

For MN deadlines, see

A separate application to the MBA program is required. For MBA deadlines, see

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:

Students admitted to the MN/MBA will focus on courses for the MN during the first year and on MBA courses in years two and three. Typically, the remaining courses required will be completed in year three. A total of 66.75 units is required. Course requirements include:

a) MBA courses (51 units):

b) MN courses (15 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 the Master of Nursing portion is one year. Maximum completion time is two years.

8. Supervisory Assignments

No supervisor will be assigned.

9. 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.

10. Other Information

Each student is expected to complete the online seminar Academic Scholarly Writing within the first two weeks of the program.