The goal of the master's program is to educate enrolled nurses for an advanced practice role and/or doctoral studies. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume leadership roles in improving the quality of nursing care in various health care settings. The program provides rigorous academic preparation based on theory and research to address health-related phenomena experienced by individuals, families, groups, aggregates and communities. All students enrolled must have a license to practice in the province or territory where they are living in Canada during the MScN program.

The Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) is a national association of post-secondary institutions that offer educational programs in French for various health-care professions. 

The CNFS aims to improve access to health-care services in French in minority language communities by training Francophone health-care professionals and by supporting research related to this training and to the needs of these communities. 

The University of Ottawa is one of 16 CNFS member institutions. 

Its role is to support the health-care sector students, professors, researchers, professionals and supervisors who are involved in its targetted programs in three faculties, namely the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences. 


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Do you want to specialize?

There are three ways to ‘specialize’ in the Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) program.

  1. Apply for the collaborative program titled the MScN with specialization in Feminist and Gender Studies.
  2. Apply for the combined program titled the MScN with Diploma in Primary Health Care for Nurse Practitioners (only offered on campus with no distance option)
  3. During the MScN program you can complete micro-credential programs:

Program learning outcomes

Depth and breadth of knowledge

  • Evaluate and critique theories and concepts related to nursing.
  • Analyze complex problems in nursing.
  • Synthesize and critique the literature pertaining to a domain of practice or research.

Research and scholarships

  • Understand research techniques for creating and interpreting nursing.
  • Adopt an ethical approach in the thesis or clinical project.

Level of application of knowledge

  • Make a contribution to an area of practice or research in nursing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and competencies of an advanced practice nurse.

Professional capacity/autonomy

  • Demonstrate a sense of initiative and professional responsibility and ethics in nursing practice and research.
  • Take necessary measures to ensure continuous professional development.

Level of communications skills

  • Communicate clear ideas, problems, and conclusions about issues in nursing practice and research.
  • Disseminate results of a clinical project or research publications, conferences, and/or practice environment.

Awareness of limits of knowledge

  • Evaluate and discuss different perspectives in relation to questions or problems in nursing.
  • Aware of own limitations and seeks guidance from other students and professors to make progress in their studies.

Fees and funding

The estimated amount for university fees associated with this program are available. To learn about possibilities for financing your graduate studies, consult the Funding and financing section.

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