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Master of Nursing - Thesis-based

Submitted by kathleen.local on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:56pm

Master of Nursing programs prepare nurses for advanced practice in focused areas that may include direct clinical practice, education, or health policy/leadership. The thesis-based program offers a focused supervised research experience. Thesis-based students have a total of four years to complete the program.



The following are required of all applicants:

  • Be a Registered Nurse holding a four-year baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing
  • A 3.0 grade point average based on the last 20 half course equivalents
  • Evidence of active nursing registration in Alberta through CARNA—College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
  • Successful completion of one undergraduate half-course in research methodology
  • Successful completion of one undergraduate half-course in statistics


All applicants must submit:

  • Two letters of reference. References should be from an academic or from someone capable of assessing the applicant’s academic and research ability, and one from someone who can attest to the applicant’s nursing practice background and expertise, normally the applicant’s supervisor or nurse manager. References written by friends, family members, colleagues, or people currently registered in a graduate degree program are not acceptable.
  • A 1-2 page outline proposing your intended focus of research.
  • Transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions. This includes transcripts from the institutions where the degree was awarded, from any institution where any transfer credit was received towards a program of study, or from where any independent coursework was taken.
    • Please request that official transcripts be sent to the attention of:
      Laura Thomas, Graduate Program Administrator, Faculty of Nursing, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary AB T2N 1N4

In addition, an applicant may be required to:

  • Have an interview(s) with a faculty member, if requested by the Faculty of Nursing Admissions Committee.
  • Provide proof of proficiency in English -- submit a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (written test) or 100 (internet-based test); IELTS score of 7.0; MELAB score of 83; or Level 3 on the EAP program.


February 1 for the following September admission
September 15 for the following January admission

Please note that all supporting documentation must be received by the deadline in order for applications to be considered complete and available for faculty to review.




Master of Nursing Thesis-based Program


Reference Request & Appraisal Form


MN Thesis-based On-line Application 



Courses and Their Weighting

Nursing 605

Philosophical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice

Offered in both Fall or Winter

Nursing 609

Applied Statistics for Nursing Research 

Offered in Spring only

Nursing 611

Theoretical Knowledge and Advanced Nursing Practice

Offered in both Fall or Winter

Nursing 621

Quantitative Designs and Analysis

Offered in both Fall or Winter

Nursing 627

Academic Scholarly Writing

Q(18 hours) 
Offered in both Fall or Winter, taught over 2 Saturdays

Nursing 629

Evidence-Based Nursing 

Q(18 hours) 
Offered in both Fall or Winter, taught in Block Week

Nursing 633

Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice and Practicum 1

H(2S-1T) 8
Offered in Winter only. 

Nursing 683

Qualitative Designs and Analysis

Offered in both Fall or Winter.


PLEASE NOTE: Once you received an offer of admission to the program, you will be expected to provide the following:

  • Immunization record: All graduate students will be required to meet the U of C immunization standards (Click here for the Forms page).
  • Security Clearance Letter: Alberta Health Services requires security clearance checks for all nursing students including graduate students who will be doing a practicum or research in the region.
    • Applicants should request the Police Security Clearance check no longer than 3 months prior to entering their program.
    • The Graduate Programs Office will need to receive the original document; photocopies are not acceptable. Once the Graduate Programs Office records necessary information from a security clearance letter, the original will be returned to the applicant.
    • A copy of your current CPR Certification at the Basic Rescuer or Basic Cardiac Life Support or “C” level.

PLEASE do not submit these documents until you have received an offer of admission to the program.