Master of Nursing Course-based (MN)

Master of Nursing programs prepare nurses for advanced practice in focused areas that may include direct clinical practice, education or health policy/leadership. This includes increased prevalence of chronic illness, an aging population, workforce demands and a shortage of prepared faculty members in academia. Graduates will contribute to the transfer of new knowledge and skills to improve patient outcomes and develop strengthened leadership capacity to expand and evaluate practice.

Course-based students have a total of six years to complete the program.


Application Deadline

Supporting documentation must be received by the deadline for applications to be considered complete and available for Faculty review.

Important Notes on Admission

Applicants who are interested in the graduate programs with the Faculty of Nursing should contact the Graduate Programs Office prior to applying. In particular, we encourage international applicants to reach out to learn more. Please email


Academic Requirements

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

  • Be a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse holding a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing
  • Have completed Stackable Certificates Advanced Nursing Practice l & ll with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Registered Nurses must be eligible with active registration in Alberta with CARNA (College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta) or Registered Psychiatric Nurses must be eligible with active registration in Alberta with CRPNA (College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of  Alberta)
  • Have completed one undergraduate course (3 units) in Statistics with a 'C' grade or better
  • 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;
    • 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.
  • Have an interview(s) with a faculty member, if required by the Faculty of Nursing

Acceptance of Admission

Documents required

Once an applicant has received an offer of admission to the program, the applicant will be expected to provide the following:

  • Immunization record: All graduate students will be required to meet the University of Calgary immunization standards. Please refer to FN008-01: Immunization Requirements for All Nursing Students on the Policies and Procedures 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.
  • A copy of your current CPR Certification at the Basic Rescuer or Basic Cardiac Life Support or “C” level.


Required Courses

Successful completion of:

  1. Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice I (12 units) (prior to admission to MN program)
  2. Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice II (12 units) (prior to admission to MN program)
  3. Plus successful completion of the following core courses (12 units)
    • NURS 627 Academic Scholarly Writing – Milestone course must be completed within first two weeks of program (non-credit)
    • NURS 692 Qualitative Designs and Analysis (3 units)
    • NURS 630 Quantitative Research and Statistics (3 units)
    • NURS 632 Writing Proposals for the Nursing Profession (3 units)
    • NURS 635 Cultivating Personal Leadership (3 units) OR
    • NURS 6XX** Implementation Science for Health Professions (3 units) (if previously completed in the Cultivating Personal Leadership certificate program)

                    (**course numbers to be finalized shortly)

***Fall 2021 Application is now open. 

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