Graduate Programs FAQs

Answers to some commonly asked questions about UCalgary Nursing graduate programs

Master’s programs, the GPA is calculated on the last two years of full-time study or the last 20 half course equivalents of the bachelor’s degree.

Doctoral and Post-Master’s programs, the GPA is calculated as above on the bachelor’s degree and the entire Master’s degree.

Master’s and Nurse Practitioner programs, CARNA registration is required.

Doctoral Program, normally registration is required.

Please contact our Graduate Programs Office at

Doctoral Program: Not applicable
Master of Nursing: Not applicable

Integrated Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner & Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner diploma:

Normally the applicant will have a MINIMUM of 3 years (4,500 hours) full-time clinical practice as a Registered Nurse, within the last 5 years. In addition current Registered Nurse practice in a clinical setting appropriate to the applicant’s proposed focus as a Nurse Practitioner is expected.

We do consider exceptional applicants directly into the Master’s Program without a bachelor’s degree. This is assessed on an individual basis. Please contact the Graduate Programs Office.

All universities in Western Canada have an agreement whereby students may easily register into a course at a different Western Canadian university. This is done through the Western Dean’s Agreement. Interested students are to contact the Graduate Programs Office.

Students from outside Western Canada, or the country, they may also take courses at UCalgary as a Visiting Student. Please contact the Graduate Programs Office to find out more details.

During the online application process, you will be prompted to enter the email addresses for your referees. Email addresses must be from an institution. Any references submitted from a public domain email address (ie: Hotmail, GMail, Yahoo) are not acceptable.

Upon payment of the application fee, the system will automatically email each referee with further instructions on how to complete their reference and a link to upload the required paperwork directly to the student's application. Once the reference letter and form have been uploaded to the system, an email will be sent to both the referee and applicant confirming that it is complete.

If a referee is unable to upload their reference letters for any reason, please direct them to

Learn more about how to find good references.

We will accept late documents only within a short timeframe. You must notify the Graduate Programs Office of your intentions, otherwise your application will be closed.

The transcript must be received by the Graduate Program Office in a sealed envelope from the originating institution with its logo on it. Applicants must not open the envelope or it will be deemed unofficial.

Normally about two months after the application deadline. There are a number of variables that could delay admission decisions.

All applicants will be notified by email of their admission and you can also check your status on MyUCalgary Student Centre.

Admission can be deferred up to one year with the permission of the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs at the Faculty of Nursing. Please contact us at to make the formal request.

As a full-time student in the Master of Nursing course-based program, students must take a minimum of 18 units over an academic year.

For the Master of Nursing thesis program or the Doctoral program, the University of Calgary considers all thesis students full-time no matter how many courses they take.