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. 

The driver for choosing these streams 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 deadlines

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

Important Notes on Admission

Academic Requirements

Documents for Application Package

Please review the checklist of items for completion after you submit the online admission application.

Stream of Study

Applicants must indicate their intended stream of study on the online application form.

Options are:

  • Direct Clinical Practice – Advanced Practice Nurse Role
  • Education – Advanced Nurse Educator, including education of students or staff
  • Advanced Health Policy/System Organization – Systems/organization leadership

Career & Learning Objectives

The application process includes a Career & Learning Objectives statement. Your statement will offer the admissions committee evidence of your knowledge, commitment, and the experience you hold as you pursue advanced preparation in Nursing.

  • Describe your professional experience as a nurse and how this preparation has prepared you for future education in your chosen stream of study.
  • What led you to apply for this particular graduate program?
  • What are your goals upon completion of the program?
  • Clearly identify your practice/population of focus of your programs.
  • Any additional information you wish to provide to the admissions committee.

You will upload this 1-2 page essay after you have submitted your online application.

Reference Request & Appraisal Form

The application for admission to the MN program requires two references. 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.

Your referees will receive a link to the reference request form after you have submitted your online application.

Further information is available in Grad Programs FAQs.

Download reference request form

Transcripts for ALL post-secondary

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 where any independent coursework was taken.

Please request that official transcripts be sent to the attention of: 

Faculty of Nursing

Graduate Programs

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, AB. T2N 1N4


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

  • Nursing 605 Philosophical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Nursing 609 Applied Statistics for Nursing Research
  • Nursing 611 Theoretical Knowledge and Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Nursing 621 Quantitative Designs and Analysis
  • Nursing 627 Academic Scholarly Writing
  • Nursing 629 Evidence-Based Nursing
  • Nursing 633 Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice and Practicum 1
  • Nursing 634 Advanced Nursing Practice: Practicum II
  • Nursing 683 Qualitative Designs and Analysis

Course-based students must also complete two elective courses

For more details on these courses, review the Grad Calendar.


Still have questions about applying? Contact the Graduate Programs Office