Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Master of Nursing (MN)

Program Overview
Admission Requirements
  • The Master of Nursing program prepares advanced practice nurses to be professional leaders in their chosen advanced practice field. The objectives for the program are to prepare graduates who:

    • Demonstrate translational expertise using evidence from nursing research, related academic and clinical disciplines and professional institutions as a basis for advanced nursing practice (administration and leadership)
    • Participate in research activities and undertake practice projects consistent with their professional preparation
    • Demonstrate the ability to continually assess and acquire new skills to manage health issues in individuals, defined populations and care systems, and evaluate the effectiveness of these advanced nursing practices
    • Mentor others effectively in professional settings
    • Are well informed and deeply committed to standards of ethical practice
    • Demonstrate through completion of courses and related scholarly papers and projects, knowledge about theoretical foundations, professional structures, standards, and practices relevant to their identified field of nursing administration
    • Develop and utilize leadership strategies from experience and academic learning, to foster improvement of health and health care at the individual, system, organizational and community level.

    There are 3 fields of study in the Master of Nursing program – students can only enroll in one of the fields of study:

    • Health Systems Leadership and Administration
    • Clinical Nursing
    • Nurse Practitioner (Adult, Paediatric, or Primary Health Care-Global Health).

    The MN program is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills and competencies required for advanced practice nurses. The program provides opportunities to effectively implement a broad range of theoretical and research evidence in practice, a learning environment that reflects this research-intensive university, and an education that is responsive to a breadth of ideas and the complexities of caring for highly diverse populations within a variety of settings.

    The program combines development of scholarly knowledge and professional expertise. Students are engaged in course work, seminars, simulation (Nurse Practitioner field of study), online learning, and advanced nursing practice.

    MN students must enrol on a full-time basis. The MN program is normally completed in two years over six consecutive semesters. The learning format for each field of study is unique. The Clinical Nursing field of study program is offered on campus and in-class only.  The Nurse Practitioner field is offered primarily online but requires some on-campus residency periods. The Health Systems Leadership and Administration field is also offered primarily online but requires some on-campus residency periods.

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  • Admission Requirements

    Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Nursing Science’s admission requirements as stated below. Meeting minimal requirements does not ensure admission.

    Minimum Admissions Requirements

    • Applicants must hold the BScN degree of the University of Toronto or an equivalent degree (a BN or BSN is considered equivalent). Applicants must have obtained at least a mid-B (75% or 3.0 GPA) standing in the final year of undergraduate study, and in addition, must have obtained at least a B standing in the next-to-final year
    • Applicants seeking admission to the Nurse Practitioner field must also have a minimum of 3,900 clinical hours completed, equivalent to two years experience (clinical placements in the BScN program cannot be counted)
    • Applicants must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse or equivalent

    Additional Information for Admission

    Prerequisite Courses

    Please download the Statistics Equivalency List (PDF) to see which courses have been approved in the past. Note that statistics courses must cover ALL of the following topics:

    Introductory Statistics Course
    Introductory statistics courses must cover ALL of the following systems:

    • Descriptive Statistics
    • Measures of Central Tendency
    • Hypothesis Testing
    • Sampling and Distribution
    • Significance Level
    • Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
    • Chi-Square Test
    • Non-Parametric Statistics
    • Correlation
    • Regression
    • Power
    • Inferences from Two Samples (t-tests)
    • Probability & Probability Distributions

    If you do not see your course listed:
    It may still be acceptable. Obtain a detailed course syllabus and review it to ensure the course covers all the above listed topics. When you complete your application, provide a copy of the syllabus (you will be provided a space within the application to attach the syllabus).

    We will no longer assess courses prior to application.

    McMaster University BScN Graduates

    For graduates of McMaster University’s BScN program, we will consider successful completion of NURS 2R03 or HTH SCI 2S03 as an acceptable statistics prerequisite for entry to the MN program. HTH SC1 3C04 (Research Methods and Critical Appraisal) is not an acceptable prerequisite course for the MN program.

    English Facility Requirements

    Applicants must demonstrate a good command of oral and written English. All English facility requirements must be met at the time of application. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, please make arrangements to write another English proficiency test and submit results no later than the application deadline.

    Placement Information for Applicants NOT Residing in Toronto

    Please see non-Toronto placements for important information about placements if you do NOT reside in Toronto. Further questions about placements should be directed to the NP placement coordinator or to the MN Clinical and HSLA placement coordinator.


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