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Graduate Studies Calendar 2020-2021 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, on campus 

Master of Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MN/MBA) is a combined program offered with the Haskayne School of Business. Normally, MN/MBA must completed full-time during the day.

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 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) 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; or PTE score of 68.

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. Fit testing is only valid for two years; therefore students must present proof of fit testing at the time of expiration. Further information is available on the Faculty of Nursing website. Please note requirements may change during the program as determined by Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines. Current employment with AHS does not exempt students from complying with these requirements. Students who are not compliant with fulfilling the immunization requirements will not be allowed to undertake a clinical placement with AHS.

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 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 is three years. Maximum completion time is six years.

8. Supervisory Assignments

Students will be assigned a permanent supervisor from the Faculty of Nursing 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.