Master of Nursing: Thesis-based (MNTB)

Master of Nursing

Thesis-based (MNTB)

Pursue your MN Thesis-based degree with us

In alignment with the Faculty of Nursing’s commitment to continuous improvement, the program structure and curriculum of the MN programs have been revisioned effective Fall 2021. The new structure increases access to the MN curriculum and allows students to complete degrees with flexibility and in less time.

The Master of Nursing Thesis-based program offers a focused supervised research experience. Graduates will contribute to the creation and transfer of new knowledge and develop strengthened leadership capacity.

If you are interested in pursuing the Master of Nursing Thesis-based program, we welcome you to contact our office for more information.


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Program Structure

  • Online Delivery – Synchronous and Asynchronous courses.
  • Complete 5 core courses.
  • Complete optional electives.
  • Prepare and successfully defend thesis.
  • Expected completion time is 2.5 years. Maximum completion time is 4 years.
  • This is a full-time program, full-time fees are applicable.
  • The standard course progression is two courses per semester, however students are expected to complete a minimum of one (1) course per semester.
  • Full time fees apply regardless of the number of courses students take per semester.

Course Work

  • NURS 611 - Fall - Theoretical Knowledge and Advanced Nursing Practice (3 units)
  • NURS 683 - Fall - Qualitative Designs and Analysis (3 units)
  • NURS 630 - Winter - Quantitative Research and Statistics (3 units)
  • NURS 690 - Winter - Cultivating Personal Leadership (3 units)
  • NURS 632 - Spring - Writing Proposals for the Nursing Profession (3 units)
  • Additional electives, as necessary. Examples are Hermeneutics and Advanced Statistics.

Need help understanding the difference between Master of Nursing Thesis-based & Course-based Degrees? Full-time or part-time studies?

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. We encourage international applicants to reach out to learn more.

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 a Registered Psychiatric Nurse holding a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing
  • Evidence of active nursing registration in Alberta through the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) or active nursing registration in their province or territory of employment. Registered Psychiatric Nurses are expected to provide proof of active registration with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) or equivalent.
  • Have completed one undergraduate course (3 units) in Statistics with a grade of 'C' 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; or
    • 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

Technology Requirements  

To successfully engage in learning experiences at the University of Calgary, students taking online, remote and blended courses are required to have reliable access to the following technology:

  • A computer with a supported operating system, as well as the latest security, and malware updates.
  • A current and updated web browser. 
  • Webcam (built-in or external).
  • Microphone and speaker (built-in or external), or headset with microphone.
  • Current antivirus and/or firewall software enabled.
  • Broadband internet connection.

Forms for Application Package

Below are links to forms that need to be completed after you have submitted your online application for admission.

Intended focus of research

The application process includes a 1-2 outline of your proposed area of research. Your outline will offer the admissions committee evidence of your knowledge, commitment, and the experience that you hold as you pursue advanced preparation in Nursing.

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

Reference Request Form

The application for admission to the MN program requires two (2) references.

One (1) from an individual capable of assessing the applicants academic and research ability, normally an academic, and One (1) from an individual who can attest to the applicants nursing practice 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.

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Transcripts from 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 from where any independent coursework was taken.

Official hard copy transcripts can be sent to the attention of:

Faculty of Graduate Studies
University of Calgary ES 1010
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Electronic transcripts are now being accepted, please forward to:

FGS & Nursing

Still have questions? Contact the Nursing Programs Office