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Thank you for applying to the Ingram School of Nursing! You may have already consulted the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) website for general information on how to apply. As all our graduate programs are non-thesis, you are NOT required to provide the name of a potential supervisor EXCEPT for the PhD program. In addition, the School requires applicants to provide documents that are specific to each concentration. We hope that the following instructions will help guide you through the application process.


Language requirement - all programs: you may need to provide proof of English language proficiency. Please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website to see if this applies to you. Although this is a GPS requirement, minimum test score results are set by each department. The minimum scores required at the Ingram School of Nursing are:

  1. TOEFL  (Test of English as a Foreign Language): iBT (internet based test) - 100 overall (no less than 20 in each of the four component scores); PBT (paper based test) - 600.
    • The CBT is no longer being offered. CBT results will no longer be accepted as ETS no longer reports these results.
    • An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable.
  2. IELTS(International English Language Testing System): a band score of 7.5 or greater (Academic module).

When registering for either TOEFL or IELTS, please request that test results be sent directly to McGill University (Institution Code: 0935). The University will then receive the test results electronically, directly from the testing agency.


Concentrations

When applying to the MSc(A) in Nursing, you MUST choose a concentration from the following:

  • Direct Entry concentration (open only to students who have successfully completed the Qualifying Year)
  • Global Health Direct Entry concentration (open only to students who have successfully completed the Qualifying Year)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration (open to Nurse Bachelor applicants)
  • Global Health Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration (open to Nurse Bachelor applicants)
  • Nursing Education concentration (open to Nurse Bachelor applicants)
  • Nursing Services Administration concentration (open to Nurse Bachelor applicants)
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration (open to Nurse Bachelor applicants)
  • Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration (open to Nurse Bachelor applicants)

 


Applicants to the QUALIFYING YEAR of the MSc(A) Nursing - Direct Entry program will provide or upload:

  • References: in creating your applicant profile, you will be asked to provide two references. Please provide the names and email addresses of two professors who are familiar with your academic work. You must list a valid institutional or corporate email for your references - public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo will not be accepted by the School.
  • Written Work: to better understand your interests and past experiences, provide an essay that answers all the D-E Program Essay questions. Include the question at the start of each section. On average, whole essays vary between 1000 and 4000 words. Please ensure that it is clearly identified with your name and McGill ID.
  • Nursing Prerequisite Form: in order to assess if you have met the minimum requirements, complete the MSc(A) D-E Prerequisite and Advanced Sciences Assessment Table and upload it, along with course descriptions, as one document in PDF format.
  • Curriculum Vitae: your CV should provide an overview of your experience and other qualifications, including academic credentials, employment history, publications, contributions and significant achievements.

Applicants to the MSc(A) Nursing - Direct Entry concentration will provide or upload:

  • References: indicate Prof. Linda McHarg (linda [dot] mcharg [at] mcgill [dot] ca) and Jodi Tuck (jodi [dot] tuck [at] mcgill [dot] ca) as your two academic references.
  • Licensure: upload a copy of your OIIQ Student Registration Certificate (immatriculation).
  • Curriculum Vitae: upload an updated CV.
  • If other items appear on your checklist, please use the uApply communication tool to signal this and it will be removed from your profile.

Applicants to the MSc(A) Nursing - Global Health Direct Entry concentration

In addition to the requirements listed directly above, applicants to the Global Health Direct Entry concentration have an additional requirement:


Applicants to the MSc(A) Nursing - Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Services Administration, and Nursing Education concentrations will provide or upload:

  • References:  in creating your applicant profile, you will be asked to provide two references. Of the two required references, Nurse Bachelor Entry applicants must provide one academic reference and one employer reference. For applicants from outside Quebec, please provide the standard academic references (2) and an additional employer reference. You must list a valid institutional or corporate email for your referees - public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo will not be accepted by the School.
    N.B.: for those applicants who have yet to graduate and write a licensing exam, please provide the standard two (2) academic references.
  • Written Work: to better understand your interests and past experiences, provide an essay that answers all the NBE Program Essay questions. Include the question at the start of each section. On average, whole essays vary between 1000 and 4000 words. Please ensure that it is clearly indentified with your name and McGill ID.
  • Curriculum Vitae: your CV should provide an overview of your experience and other qualifications, including academic credentials, employment history, publications, contributions and significant achievements.
  • Nurse Bachelor Assessment Form: in order to assess the biological science content in your nurse bachelor's degree, and also to list the required introductory statistics, complete the Nurse Bachelor Assessment Form and upload, along with all course descriptions, as one document in PDF format. This is not required for graduates of McGill's BSc(N) or BN(I) programs.
  • Licensure: nurse applicants must provide a copy of their current license. Students must provide proof that they are registered with a licensing board (OIIQ registration certificate for Quebec) or proof that they are in "license pending" status.

Applicants to the MSc(A) Nursing - Global Health Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration

In addition to the requirements listed directly above, applicants to the Global Health Studies Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration will have an additional requirement:

Applicants to the MSc(A) Nursing - Nurse Practitioner concentrations will provide or upload:

  • References: in creating your applicant profile, you will be asked to provide two references. Of the two required references, applicants to the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration must provide one academic reference and one nursing employer reference. For the Neonatology concentration, applicants must provide one academic reference and one from a Neonatologist. You must list a valid institutional or corporate email for your referees - public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo will not be accepted by the School.
  • Written Work: to better understand your interests and past experiences, provide an essay that answers all the NP Essay questions. Include the question at the start of each section. On average, whole essays vary between 1000 and 4000 words. Please ensure that it is clearly indentified with your name and McGill ID.
  • Curriculum Vitae: your CV should provide an overview of your experience and other qualifications, including academic credentials, employment history, publications, contributions and significant achievements.
  • Nurse Bachelor Assessment Form: in order to assess the biological science content in your nurse bachelor's degree, and also to list the required introductory statistics, complete the Nurse Bachelor Assessment Form and upload, along with all course descriptions, as one document in PDF format.
  • Hours in Clinical Specialty: we require your employer(s) to provide an official letter confirming the hours worked (minimum hours required: 3600 hours in the last 5 years).
  • Licensure: nurse practitioner applicants are expected to hold full and current Quebec nursing licensure and must provide a copy of their OIIQ license.
  • Interview: only applicants selected by the Graduate Admissions Committee will be asked for an interview. Interview dates will be set up through the uApply calendar tool and are usually scheduled in late May. Please note that you must attend the interview in person.

Applicants to the Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificates; Theory in Neonatology  and Theory in Primary Care programs will provide or upload:

  • References: in creating your applicant profile, you will be asked to provide two references. Of the two required references, applicants to the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certificate must provide one academic reference and one nursing employer reference. For the Neonatology certificate, applicants must provide one academic reference and one from a Neonatologist. You must list a valid institutional or corporate email for your referees - public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo will not be accepted by the School.
  • Written Work: to better understand your interests and past experiences, provide an essay that answers all the NP Essay questions. Include the question at the start of each section. On average, whole essays vary between 1000 and 4000 words. Please ensure that it is clearly indentified with your name and McGill ID.
  • Curriculum Vitae: your CV should provide an overview of your experience and other qualifications, including academic credentials, employment history, publications, contributions and significant achievements.
  • Hours in Clinical Specialty: we require your employer(s) to provide an official letter confirming the hours worked (minimum hours required: 3600 hours in the last 5 years).
  • Licensure: nurse practitioner applicants are expected to hold full and current Quebec nursing licensure and must provide a copy of their OIIQ license.
  • Interview: only applicants selected by the Graduate Admissions Committee will be asked for an interview. Interview dates will be set up through the uApply calendar tool.

Applicants to the Graduate Diplomas; Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner programs will provide or upload:

  • Licensure: nurse practitioner applicants are expected to hold full and current Quebec nursing licensure and must upload a copy of their OIIQ license.

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Nursing program will provide or upload:

  • Acceptance by Research Supervisor: provide the name of a current faculty member whom you have previously contacted and who has agreed to be your thesis supervisor.
  • References: two academic references are required from professors who are familiar with your academic work and who can comment on your research aptitudes. You must list a valid institutional or corporate email for your referees - public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo will not be accepted by the School.
  • Written Work: include a sample of written scholarly work, preferably in which you are the sole or primary author (25 pages or less). Examples are: A published or unpublished manuscript illustrative of concept analysis, an in-depth literature review in a focused area or a research report (international students whose original scholarly writing is not in English or French should submit a copy of the writing translated into English or French).
  • Personal Statement: should vary between three to four single-spaced pages, and should address the following:
    1. Why are you pursuing doctoral study in nursing science?
    2. Why did you specifically select a PhD in nursing science at McGill?
    3. Please comment on your qualifications and readiness for doctoral study.
    4. What are your long-term career goals, and how do you see the program contributing to meeting them?
    5. Briefly describe a problem area in nursing science on which you think you would like to focus.
    6. List potential thesis supervisor(s) with whom you have had contact.