M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.
- Ingram School of Nursing
- Wilson Hall
- 3506 University Street
- Montreal QC H3A 2A7
- Telephone: 514-398-4144
- Fax: 514-398-8455
- Website: www.mcgill.ca/nursing
The Ingram School of Nursing is a professional School within the Faculty of Medicine that has been educating nurses since 1920. On September 10, 2012 the School was formally renamed the Ingram School of Nursing in recognition of Richard and Satoko Ingram and their exceptional support for Nursing at McGill. The School is internationally recognized for its distinctive vision, leadership in nursing, and the quality of its programs. McGill nursing graduates have earned a reputation as outstanding clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the discipline.
Over the years, the faculty of the School at McGill has worked to formulate a philosophy about the responsibilities and practice of nursing. This philosophy, known as the McGill Model of Nursing, directs the curricula at the School and emphasizes health, the family, learning and development, collaboration with clients, and working with the resources of individuals, families, and communities. Its intent is to actively promote health and well-being in people of all ages and across all situations. The McGill Model of Nursing is also central to the McGill University Health Centre's Department of Nursing.
At the graduate level, the Ingram School of Nursing offers tailored programs in advanced nursing practice that prepare our students to be leaders in their field. The learning experience at the School is geared to foster individual judgment, creativity, and initiative. Led by nationally recognized researchers, students will participate in cutting-edge programs of research related to nursing practice, education, and administration. McGill's Ingram School of Nursing is for you if you want to contribute to the knowledge base of advanced nursing practice and want to be involved actively in changing how healthcare is delivered locally, nationally, and internationally.
The School is located in Wilson Hall, which houses classrooms, computer facilities, faculty offices, and lounges. A recently renovated Nursing Learning Laboratory, located at University Hall Residence, has seven clinical beds, an ICU bed, two examination tables, and AV capacity for distance education. Students registered in the School also take courses in other faculties within the University. Selected experience in nursing is provided in the McGill University Health Centre, other McGill-affiliated hospitals, and in a wide variety of health agencies in Montreal.
For information on undergraduate Nursing programs, please consult the Health Sciences Calendar available at www.mcgill.ca/study.
M.Sc.A. Program and Concentrations
Historically, students entering the master's program selected "areas of study." The clinical stream prepared students for clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner roles in selected areas. The adjunct area was available for students who wished to plan an individual program of study in such areas as nursing administration, education, or global health. These have since been replaced by formal concentrations, which are listed in the table below.
Graduate Certificates and Diplomas
Nurse applicants with a Master's degree in Nursing and with the required clinical experience are prepared for nurse practitioner roles through our Certificate and/or Diploma programs. These programs offer our students the necessary biomedical skills and knowledge in either Neonatology or Primary Care to prepare them for the last step to their career, which is the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec) nurse practitioner licensing exam.
The Ph.D. program is designed to prepare nurses to contribute to the development of knowledge in the discipline through research and academia. Faculty members are active researchers in many areas, including telehealth, pediatric ethics, family health, psychosocial oncology, palliative care, pain, and chronic illness.
|Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Clinical Nurse Specialist (49 credits)|
|This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students for full-time (two-year program of study) or part-time studies (three to five years of study). The core content of the CNS concentration prepares students for advanced practice nursing roles in diverse settings and with diverse populations. Content is organized based on the McGill Model of Nursing and focuses on such areas as family intervention, collaborative practice, and working with family strengths and resources. Through clinical courses, students engage in advanced clinical assessments and interventions, and develop greater capacities to reflect purposefully and in-depth on their nursing practice. Research methods, systematic study of clinically-based nursing problems, and dissemination of knowledge relevant to clinical practice are all developed within this program of study.|
|Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Direct Entry Nursing (55 credits)|
|The Direct Entry Nursing concentration remains the only one of its kind in Canada. Students will complete 96 credits over three years, which include 41 credits in the Qualifying Year. This program is tailored to the university graduate with a general Arts or Science degree and no previous preparation in nursing. Candidates complete entry-to-practice preparation in nursing while also completing graduate level studies. Upon completion of the M.Sc.A. Year 2, graduates are eligible to write the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers) licensing exam. This program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).|
|Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Global Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (51 credits)|
|This Global Health Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students who wish to include global health content throughout their program of study. It sets out to prepare students for the challenges of working with diverse populations in limited-resource environments with a philosophy stressing the importance of understanding the inherent power dynamics, equity issues, and ethical dilemmas that arise through this work. Students spend one semester in their final year taking clinical- and project-based courses in a global health placement setting.|
|Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Global Health Direct Entry (58 credits)|
|The Global Health Direct Entry concentration is thus labelled for bachelor-prepared non-nurse students who wish to include global health content throughout their program of study. It sets out to prepare students for the challenges of working with diverse populations in limited-resource environments, based on the belief that we have much to learn from one another. Students spend one semester taking clinical- and project-based courses in their final year in a global health placement site. This concentration is managed by the Global Health Committee of the Ingram School of Nursing.|
|Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (45 credits)|
|This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. It prepares students for the multifaceted role of nurse practitioner in intermediate, acute, and critical care in neonatology. The nurse practitioner will acquire the necessary knowledge and understanding required to practice in a collaborative way in providing services designed to deal with the healthcare needs and problems of neonates and their families in a variety of settings. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply to the Graduate Diploma, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program, which is the last step before the relevant licensing exam of the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec).|
|Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Nursing Education (49 credits)|
|This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. It was developed to expose graduate-level nurses to instructional and learning theory, to better equip them to lead the movement towards more innovative and effective pedagogical approaches in training nurses working in healthcare establishments or nursing students in academic settings.|
|Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Nursing Services Administration (49 credits)|
|This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. Students in this concentration develop their capacity to assess the factors that affect and determine the nursing workforce. This will enable them to make strategic and effective decisions, and influence policy with regard to the planning and management of the nursing workforce.|
|Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (45 credits)|
|This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. It was developed to train graduate-level nurses to take on this advanced practice role. Primary Care Nurse Practitioners assume responsibility for tasks related to physical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment within legally sanctioned, pre-determined conditions that have traditionally been exclusive to medical practice. This concentration focuses on a wide range of acute and chronic health concerns across the life span. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply to the Graduate Diploma, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program, which is the last step before the relevant licensing exam of the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec).|
|Graduate Certificate; Theory in Neonatology (15 credits)|
|This graduate certificate prepares students with completed graduate studies, comparable to the McGill Master of Science (Applied) Nursing program, and experience in neonatology to continue their studies in the Graduate Diploma in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. The program of study focuses on the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences in the context of the nurse practitioner role. The Graduate Certificate Theory in Neonatology and the Graduate Diploma in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner cannot be taken concurrently.|
|Graduate Certificate; Theory in Primary Care (15 credits)|
|This graduate certificate prepares students with completed graduate studies, comparable to the McGill Master of Science (Applied) Nursing program, and experience in primary care to continue their studies in the Graduate Diploma Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The program of study focuses on the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences in the context of the nurse practitioner role. The Graduate Certificate Theory in Primary Care and the Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nurse Practitioner cannot be taken concurrently.|
|Graduate Diploma in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (30 credits)|
|This diploma is the final step in the student's preparation to assume the new role as nurse practitioner. Students with completed graduate studies in the discipline and experience in neonatology now combine the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences to the application of this knowledge in context. Upon successful completion of the diploma program, candidates are eligible to write the nurse practitioner licensing exam.|
|Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (30 credits)|
|This diploma is the final step in the student's preparation to assume the new role as nurse practitioner. Students with completed graduate studies in the discipline and experience in primary care now combine the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences to the application of this knowledge in context. Upon successful completion of the diploma program, candidates are eligible to write the nurse practitioner licensing exam.|
|Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Nursing|
|The Ingram School of Nursing of McGill University and the Faculté des sciences infirmières of the Université de Montréal offer a joint doctorate program leading to a Ph.D. in Nursing. This program is offered in English at McGill. The program is designed to train nurse scientists who will make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the discipline of nursing and assume a leadership role both in the profession and in the health care system.|
|Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Nursing — Psychosocial Oncology|
|A cross-disciplinary option in Psychosocial Oncology (PSOO) is offered in collaboration with the Departments of Oncology and Psychology and the Schools of Nursing and Social Work. This option is open to doctoral students in the Ingram School of Nursing and in the Department of Psychology who are interested in broadening their knowledge of psychosocial issues in oncology.|
Nursing Admission Requirements and Application Procedures
Proficiency in English
The language of instruction at McGill University is English. Students must write term papers, examinations, and theses in English or in French. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available. TOEFL exam requirements: a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 with each component score no less than 20 (Internet-based). IELTS exam requirements: a minimum overall score of 7.5 is required.
For information about the Language Policy at McGill University, please refer to Language Policy in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies University Regulations and Resources available at www.mcgill.ca/study.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination) general test results may be required in individual circumstances.
Students who have not completed their studies in North America may be asked to arrange for an interview as part of the application process.
Master's, Graduate Certificate, and Graduate Diploma Programs
Nurse applicants to the master’s program may complete their studies on a part-time basis (with the exception of those in the Nurse Practitioner areas of study where only the first year may be taken part-time), i.e., minimum of 3 credits per term to a maximum of five years. Applicants to the Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas should consult with their advisor concerning course load.
All nurse applicants are expected to hold current registration in the province or country from which they come. Nurses who are not licensed in Quebec must be registered (immatriculé(e)) with the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec upon the start of their graduate studies. Nurse applicants to the Nurse Practitioner areas of study must hold current and full licensure with the OIIQ.
International nurse applicants are required to have had experience as nurses in their country of origin and in North America.
B.A./B.Sc. Applicants to the Master's Program (Direct Entry – DE)
Applicants holding a general B.A. or B.Sc., including a number of prerequisite courses, may be admitted to a Qualifying year. A minimum CGPA (cumulative grade point average) of 3.0 (3.2 is strongly preferred) on a scale of 4.0 is required in order to be considered for entry. Upon successful completion of the Qualifying year, candidates apply to the master’s program.
Direct-Entry applicants must complete their Qualifying year and the master’s program of study on a full-time basis, i.e., a total of three years. The School considers admissions to this program for the Fall term only.
Nurse Applicants (Nurse Bachelor's Entry – NBE) to the Master's Program
Applicants for the master's degree must have completed a bachelor's degree in nursing with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. This preparation must be comparable to that offered in the bachelor's in nursing programs at McGill, which is a minimum of 66 university credits including 12 credits in the biological sciences. Applicants must also have completed an Introductory Statistics course (3 credits) prior to entry. Prospective applicants whose undergraduate degree differs from the McGill degree are encouraged to contact the Ingram School of Nursing to have the eligibility of their degree assessed. Experience in nursing is strongly recommended.
Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas in Nurse Practitioner
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing comparable to McGill (the bachelor program must have a minimum of 66 credits including 12 credits in the biological sciences) with a minimum CGPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale required. Prior to entry, applicants are required to have a minimum of two years of experience in Canada in the specialty area over the previous five years.
Students in the Nurse Practitioner program are required to hold a “carte de stage” allowing them to participate in the required clinical practicum at the end of the second year of the program. The “carte de stage” is granted by the Quebec Order of Nurses (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec – OIIQ) to Nurse Practitioner candidates that are licensed in Quebec.
International students must therefore obtain current and full licensure from the OIIQ before submitting their application to the Neonatology or Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. Please note that in order to obtain a nursing licence in Quebec, one must be proficient in the French language. For more information regarding the OIIQ licensure eligibility criteria, please contact the OIIQ at 514-935-2505.
The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program delivers some courses in French, making proficiency in French a requirement for this program as well.
Applicants admitted to the doctoral program through McGill University must have completed master’s-level studies with either their undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing comparable to McGill. Applicants must have a CGPA of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 or a B+ standing. Highly qualified nurse bachelor's entry students enrolled in the M.Sc.(A.) in the nursing program may be accepted into the Ph.D. program provided they meet its standards.
The School considers admissions to the doctoral program for the Fall term only. The nursing courses in the doctoral program are offered every two years and incoming students may begin with Schedule A or Schedule B (see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Nursing for details) depending upon their admission year.
Registration and Regulations
Official registration through Minerva must be completed by August 14. Students registering late for reasons unrelated to the admission procedure are subject to the late payment fee.
Orientation for new students will be held in class during the first week of lectures. Students should contact their academic adviser for approval of complementary courses before the add/drop deadline.
Returning students are responsible for ensuring that registration is completed according to the University timetable deadlines.
Students are provided with the course objectives, requirements, and methods of evaluation at the beginning of each course. Students will not be permitted to write an examination in any course unless they have fulfilled the requirements, including attendance.
OIIQ Registration or Proof of Licensure
Please visit www.mcgill.ca/nursing/students/clinical for further details.
Vaccination/Immunization and Mask-Fitting Requirements
New students in the Ingram School of Nursing must refer to the Vaccination/Immunization Requirements for Health Sciences Programs outlined in the General University Information and Regulations of the Health Sciences Calendar (available at www.mcgill.ca/study under Faculties & Schools). A copy of the immunization form outlining requirements can be found at www.mcgill.ca/studenthealth/immunize/forms. Annual flu vaccination is strongly recommended to all health science students. Entry into the McGill University Teaching Hospital Network is dependent on having met the immunization requirements. All students must have immunizations completed (or in process for Hepatitis B) and mask fitting done by the start of clinical placement in September.
CPR and First Aid Requirements
Valid First Aid and CPR Certification Health Care Provider (HCP) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) is required no later than September 15th for all graduate nursing students except for those in the Ph.D. program. Students are responsible for maintaining this certification up-to-date throughout their program of study.
Achievement Builders – Student Services
Any student who is experiencing difficulty in meeting course requirements must take advantage of the Achievement Builders program offered through Student Services. Information is available at: www.mcgill.ca/firstyear/studentlife/workshops1.
Regulations Concerning Clinical Placement Courses
- Students must be registered with the OIIQ before they can have access to clinical placements. Students who have not completed the registration procedure cannot commence clinical studies.
- Students must have met the vaccination/immunization requirements prior to commencing clinical studies in September.
- Students are required to purchase equipment such as a stethoscope and physical-assessment equipment. Information is provided at registration or within specific courses.
- Students are expected to demonstrate professional behaviour at all times. The Code of Ethics for Nurses and the McGill University Code of Student Conduct (as outlined in the Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities) provide guidelines. Professional behaviour is expected in relation to classmates, teachers, patients, and the institutions within which studies take place.
- In any formal documentation, students must identify themselves as a McGill Nursing Student with the respective year of study noted.
- Name badges must be worn at all times in clinical studies. These are ordered in the Fall semester of the first year of studies and the cost is charged directly to the student's fee account. Name badges are ordered through the Ingram School of Nursing and students will be required to purchase two sets of name badges in early Fall prior to starting clinical placement. Students must comply with the uniform policy during clinical placements.
- Students must have a photo I.D. taken at the MUHC for their clinical placements there.
- Attendance in clinical courses is mandatory and absences must be discussed with the instructor. Students with repeat absences may be asked to defer clinical studies if progress in the clinical course is compromised.
- Students whose performance in clinical studies does not meet the course objectives will be informed in writing and a learning plan will be developed. Students whose performance is below expectations or who are unsafe in clinical studies may be required to withdraw from the course at any time.
- Students whose academic performance is below expectation or considered to be incompetent or unsafe in clinical studies can be required to withdraw from the course at any time—in such cases the student will receive a grade of WF or F.
- While an effort is made to place students within reasonable travelling distance for clinical studies, each student must budget a sum of money to travel to and from a patient home and clinical institutions.
- Clinical courses that are offered during the Summer session may require that students study during the day or evening.
- Clinical agencies may require students entering their facility to undergo a Criminal Reference Check prior to being granted permission to enter their facility.
Requirements for Licensure
Following completion of a first-level program in nursing, graduates must obtain licensure from the professional organization in the province or state in which they complete their studies. Visit www.mcgill.ca/nursing/students/graduation for further information.
McGill's online application for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.
See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.
For information on the application process as well as the supporting documents required in addition to the uApply online application, please visit our Nursing website at www.mcgill.ca/nursing/programs/applying-graduate-programs, then search for your program of study.
The application deadlines listed here are set by the Ingram School of Nursing and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.
|Term of Entry||Canadian||International||Special/Exchange/Visiting|
||Feb. 15||Jan. 15||Feb. 15 (Canadian)/Jan. 15 (International)|
||Sept. 30||N/A||Sept. 30|
Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.