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Master of Science Applied MSc(A) - Direct-Entry

*NEW* McGill Nursing Collaborative Fellowship

Established in 2013 by the donor-supported McGill Nursing Collaborative, this fellowship is available to students entering the qualifying year of the MSc(A) Direct Entry program in Nursing. It is awarded by the Ingram School of Nursing to newly admitted student(s) based on academic standing and demonstrated leadership in extracurricular and community activities. Estimated value: $10,000.

About the MSc(A) Direct-Entry

If you are an Arts or Science graduate interested in pursuing a Nursing career, our Direct-Entry Master's program is designed especially for you. This program leads to a Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing and is specifically tailored to the university graduate with a general degree and no previous preparation in nursing, health care or other professional discipline. The program, with its important clinical/practice component, began in 1974 and remains the only one of its kind in Canada. It is fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).

This unique program has a long-standing reputation for fostering excellence, creativity and flexibility in its graduates. It features close collaboration between faculty and students, where students are encouraged to critically examine traditional practices and develop innovative approaches in every dimension of health care.

Students first have an intensive 10-month qualifying year of study. At this time, complementary courses in either the biomedical or social sciences are selected depending on your previous undergraduate studies. You will also be actively involved in nursing courses and will work with the elderly, young families and ill adults in hospitals and community settings. Following successful completion of the qualifying year, students apply to continue their studies in the MSc(A) Direct-Entry Year 1 and 2 (see Course of Study for more information).

Master's-prepared nurses work as advanced clinicians across a broad range of clinical areas including critical care, maternal and child health, cancer and palliative care, health promotion and illness prevention. A significant number of graduates have extended their clinical expertise into teaching and research, or have continued their studies at the doctoral level.

If you believe that Nursing is for you, there's no better time to jump into this exciting and meaningful profession. Our MSc(A) program will enable you to play a crucial role in shaping the future direction of health care at the local, national and international levels. It all begins here, at McGill's Ingram School of Nursing.

Admission requirements

Applicants with a general BA or BSc are considered for admission to a qualifying year of the MSc(A) Direct-Entry in Nursing program. The applicant’s undergraduate record must meet the minimum general requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which includes a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a high “B” standing. However, applicants with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.2, or greater, on a 4.0 scale will be triaged into the first selection round. Individuals prepared in another professional discipline, or who have begun preparation in nursing in other programs, are not eligible.

Since the number of qualified applicants normally considered exceeds the number of places available, fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The process is competitive and the Ingram School of Nursing reserves the right of selection of all students for admission to the MSc(A) Direct-Entry program.

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses before admission to the qualifying year:

Biological Sciences (15 credits)

General Chemistry I and II
(Equivalent to McGill CHEM 110 - General Chemistry 1 and CHEM 120 - General Chemistry 2 )
2 semesters (6 credits)

*Organic Chemistry I
(Equivalent to McGill CHEM 212 - Intro Organic Chemistry 1 )
*note that the laboratory component is not required
1 semester (3 credits)

General Biology I and II
(Equivalent to McGill BIOL 111 - Principles:Organismal Biology and BIOL 112 - Cell and Molecular Biology )
2 semesters (6 credits)

The biological science prerequisites may also be completed at a Quebec CEGEP or university. For a list of course equivalencies at the CEGEP level visit: www.mcgill.ca/students/transfercredit/prospective/cegep/.

For math and science course equivalencies listing by university, visit: www.mcgill.ca/mathscitable/.

Social Sciences or Humanities (9 credits)

An introductory statistics course (3 credits) is required and may be counted as one of the Social Science or Humanities pre-requisites. This prerequisite can be taken either at CEGEP or university.

The other 2 courses (3 credits per course) can be drawn from courses completed in a variety of university departments and may include courses in Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Child Development, Women's Studies, etc.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take a total of 6 credits of university-level physiology courses prior to entry into the Direct-Entry program. This is neither a prerequisite nor a condition of admission; but students have reported that the workload for the qualifying year was more manageable when Physiology was taken before entry. If Physiology is completed prior to entry and a satisfactory grade is obtained, students may then qualify for a course exemption for these 6 credits, but will need to replace these within the qualifying year with complementary courses of the same credit weight.

Please note that all transcripts will be reviewed on an individual basis by an academic advisor.

Students who need to complete prerequisites in preparation for entry should speak to a faculty advisor regarding course selection.

Applicants must complete their qualifying year and the Master's program of study on a full-time basis.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification:

Applicants who are admitted to the MSc(A) Direct Entry program must provide proof of Health Care Provider (HCP) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) certification upon entry. Students are responsible for keeping this certification up-to-date throughout their studies.

Compulsory Immunization program:

Like all Health Science students at McGill, Nursing applicants who are admitted are required to complete an immunization protocol by the time they enter the program. For more information and to download the necessary forms, visit the McGill Health Sciences website at: www.mcgill.ca/studenthealth/forms. The immunization form must be completed by a health-care provider and must be submitted directly to Student Health Services, and NOT to the Ingram School of Nursing, by early August. The student should then make an appointment with a nurse at Student Health Services to review the vaccinations and receive an Immunization Card. Nursing students that do not submit this proof by the beginning of classes in September may be denied entry to the clinical field and will therefore be compromising their studies.

Admission process

Consult our Applications to Graduate Programs page for more information and detailed instructions regarding program-specific requirements.

Important dates

Application deadline

Canadian applicants: International applicants:
Fall admission: February 15 January 15
Winter admission: not applicable not applicable
Summer admission: not applicable not applicable