Master of Nursing: Thesis-based (MN)

Our Master of Nursing thesis-based program offers a focused supervised research experience.

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.

Thesis-based students have a total of four years to complete the program.

Application deadlines

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.

Important Notes on Admission

Academic Requirements

  • 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

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 & 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 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.

Please request that official transcripts be sent to the attention of: 
Laura Thomas, Coordinator, Graduate Programs, Faculty of Nursing, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary AB T2N 1N4

After Admission into the Program

Documents required following offer of admission

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 UCalgary 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.

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

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 683 Qualitative Designs and Analysis

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

Still have questions about applying? Contact the Graduate Programs Office