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.


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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

  • 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.
  • Understand research techniques for creating and interpreting nursing.
  • Adopt an ethical approach in the thesis or clinical project.
  • Make a contribution to an area of practice or research in nursing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and competencies of an advanced practice nurse.
  • Demonstrate a sense of initiative and professional responsibility and ethics in nursing practice and research.
  • Take necessary measures to ensure continuous professional development.
  • 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.
  • 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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