Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing - Direct-Entry

The Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing - Direct Entry (MSc(A) - DE) is a unique program in Canada since 1974. It has a long-standing reputation for fostering excellence, creativity and leadership in its graduates. Featuring close collaboration with faculty, students are encouraged to critically examine traditional practices and develop innovative approaches in every dimension of health care. It is fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).


Change in admission requirements as of Fall 2017

The following will be added to the list of prerequisites:

Mammalian Physiology - 6 credits
(Equivalent to McGill PHGY 209 - Mammalian Physiology 1 and PHGY 210 - Mammalian Physiology 2 )


Applicants with a bachelor's degree (normally a 3- or 4-year Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science) are considered for admission to a Qualifying Year of study in preparation for entry to the MSc(A) - DE concentration. Individuals who have begun preparation in another nursing program or who have completed professional preparation in a health science discipline are not normally eligible. All applicants with other degrees or professional preparation are considered on a case by case basis.

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 previous undergraduate studies. Clinical courses include nursing patients and families in hospitals and rehabilitation settings. Following successful completion of the qualifying year, students must apply to continue their studies in either the MSc(A) - DE concentration or the MSc(A) Global Health Direct Entry concentration (see Global Health Studies 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, and health promotion. A significant number of graduates have continued their studies at the doctoral level.

Our MSc(A) DE program will enable graduates to play a crucial role in shaping the future direction of health care at the local, national and international levels.

Admission Requirements

The applicant's undergraduate record must meet the minimum general requirements of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which includes a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a high 'B' standing in undergraduate studies. Entering students normally hold an undergraduate degree in arts, humanities, science or social science disciplines because the program draws heavily on skills and knowledge typically developed in such areas.

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) DE program.

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses before admission to the qualifying year, some of which may be taken online if a lab component is not required (please communicate with the Program Director to verify):

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

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

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

Introductory Statistics - 3 credits
(Equivalent to McGill PSYC 204 - Intro to Psychological Stats

Mammalian Physiology - 6 credits
(Equivalent to McGill PHGY 209 - Mammalian Physiology 1 and PHGY 210 - Mammalian Physiology 2

Social Science/Humanities - 6 credits
(i.e.; Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, Child Development, Women's Studies, etc.)

For a total of: 30 credits

The sciences and introductory statistics courses may be completed at a Quebec CEGEP or university. However, the social science/humanities requirements must be completed at the university level.

For a list of course equivalencies at the CEGEP level visit:

For math and science course equivalencies listing by university, visit:

If the prerequisite course is not found on either of the links provided above, please contact the student-affairs-officer.nursing [at] (Nursing Student Affairs Office) to ensure equivalency.

Please note that all transcripts will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification:

All students entering the Qualifying Year are required to be ready for clinical entry. A complete list of pre-clinical requirements are available at Direct Entry deadline dates are in the third column of dates provided. Once an offer of admission is extended and accepted, access to the student portal will be provided. BE SURE TO GET YOUR DOCUMENTATION TODAY EARLY – VISIT NOW!

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 Student Health Services website. 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.

Application Process

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) provides all the necessary information on how to apply. All applications to McGill University are submitted via uApply.

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. 

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.

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

Important dates

Application deadlines

  Canadian applicants: International applicants:
Fall admission: February 1 January 1
Winter admission: not applicable not applicable
Summer admission: not applicable not applicable

Course of Study: Qualifying Year

The Qualifying Year is an intensive 10-month bridging period that introduces students to nursing and prepares them for entry to graduate-level nursing studies. After successful completion of the Qualifying Year, students must formally apply to the Master of Science (Applied) Nursing - Direct Entry or the Master of Science (Applied) Nursing - Global Health Direct Entry concentration through uApply.

Course of Study

Fall Term Credits:

IPEA 500 - Roles in Interprof. Teams
NUR1 235 - Health & Physical Assess/Anat1
NUR2 510 - Practice of Nursing 1
NUR2 513 - Introduction to Nursing Care
PHAR 300 - Drug Action OR
Complementary Course



Winter Term Credits:

IPEA 501 - Commun. in Interprof. Teams
NUR2 511 - Practice of Nursing 2
NUR2 514 - Introduction to Nursing 2
NUR2 535 - Health Assessment/Anatomy 2
PATH 300 - Human Disease OR
Complementary Course


Summer Term Credits:
NUR2 512 - Practice and Theory in Nursing 4
Total credits: 33

French Language Courses

The French language proficiency exam is a requirement for full licensure in Quebec. French is also the major spoken language in Quebec and your working knowledge of this language affects clinical placements. If French is not your mother tongue, then we encourage you to enroll in French language courses. McGill offers a tailored course for professionals. 

Course of Study: Direct Entry

The Master of Science (Applied) Nursing - Direct Entry concentration is a two-year, 58-credit program that directly follows the Qualifying Year. By the end of MSc(A)-DE Year 1, students are eligible to practice as nursing externs during the summer break, in accordance with the regulations of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) - the Quebec Order of Nurses. Upon successful completion of MSc(A) DE Year 2, graduates are eligible to write the OIIQ licensing exam.

Course of Study

Year 1


Year 2

Fall term Cr Fall term Cr

NUR2 607 - Childhood Nursing
NUR2 609 - NursingCareofChildren&theirFam
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1
NUR2 623 - Clinical Assess&Therapeutic
NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing



NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2
NUR2 637 - Clinical Nursing Specializ'n
NUR2 640 - Clinical Reasoning


Winter term Cr Winter term Cr
IPEA 502 - Patient-Centred Care in Action
NUR2 516 - Perspectives on Global Health
NUR2 610 - Ambulatory/Community Care
NUR2 611 - Seminar in Nursing 2 
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1
NUR2 634 - Clin. Assess. & Therapeutics 2



NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing
NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3
NUR2 638 - Clinical Nursing Consolidation
NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice


Summer term Cr  
NUR2 616 - Advanced Clinical Skills 4    
Total credits: 34 Total credits: 24

Global Health Direct Entry concentration

The Master of Science (Applied) Nursing - Global Health Direct Entry concentration provides students with global health content throughout their program of study, and students spend one semester taking clinical- and project-based courses in their final year in a global health placement site. This concentration is supported by the Global Health Committee of the Ingram School of Nursing. The 'Direct Entry' designation identifies this Global Health concentration for bachelor-prepared non-nurse students who complete Global Health studies.

For more information about the Global Health concentration, click here.

Course of Study

MSc(A) Global Health Direct Entry applicants must first successfully complete the Qualifying Year in order to formally apply through uApply.

Year 1


Year 2


Fall Term: Cr. Fall Term: Cr.
NUR2 607 - Childhood Nursing 3 NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2 6
NUR2 609 - NursingCareofChildren&theirFam 3 NUR2 636 - Global Health Nursing Clinical 3
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1 3 NUR2 640 - Clinical Reasoning 3
NUR2 623 - Clinical Assess&Therapeutic 3    
NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing 3    
Credits per term: 15 Credits per term: 12
Winter Term:   Winter Term:  
IPEA 502 - Patient-Centred Care in Action 0    
NUR2 516 - Perspectives on Global Health 3 NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing 3
NUR2 610 - Ambulatory/Community Care 3 NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3 3
NUR2 611 - Seminar in Nursing 2 3 NUR2 638 - Clinical Nursing Consolidation 3
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1 3 NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice 3
NUR2 634 - Clin. Assess. & Therapeutics 2 3    
Credits per term: 15 Credits per term: 12
Summer Term:      
NUR2 616 - Advanced Clinical Skills 4    
Credits per term: 4    



1. I have a general BA or BSc, should I apply for the Direct-Entry Master's program?

Applicants with general BA or BSc and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate program who wish to pursue a graduate degree in nursing should apply to the Direct-Entry Master's program.

Applicants with all other degrees/preparation are considered on a case-by-case basis. Individuals who have begun preparation in another nursing program or who have completed preparation in a health sciences discipline are not normally eligible.

2. What prerequisite courses must I complete to be eligible for admission?

Applicants must have successfully completed the biological sciences and social sciences prerequisites by August, prior to admission to the program.

3. Can I take some of the prerequisites on-line?

It is recommended to take no more than two biological sciences prerequisite courses on-line. Please consult with the an academic advisor for recognized on-line equivalent courses.

4. I have an undergraduate degree comprised of three certificates in either Arts or Science (i.e., bacc par cumul at Université de Montréal). Am I eligible for entry?

The total number of credits earned in the three certificates must be equivalent to the total credits required for an undergraduate degree at McGill University. Please check with an academic advisor.

5. Is there a January entry to the Direct-Entry program?

No. This three-year program (which includes a qualifying year) starts in September. Courses must be taken in sequential order and completed on a full-time basis.

6. I have a professional degree. Am I eligible?

See answer to Question 1. above.

7. How many applications do you receive and how many of these are admitted to the program?

On average, we receive about 85 applications and we can accept no more than 24 new students to the qualifying year.

8. Will this degree allow me to work like any other nurse?

The MSc(A) Direct-Entry program is an accredited entry-to-practice program. Graduates are required to write the licensing exam of the Order of Nurses of Quebec/Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) in order to work in any hospital or community setting, as well as management and academic positions, in Quebec.

9. Do I have to upload all required admission documents at the same time?

Applicants upload documents once they have submitted their on-line application. All documents must be uploaded by the application deadline. For more information, visit the Applying to Graduate Programs in Nursing webpage.

10. How long is the program?

The program is 3 years in duration comprised of a qualifying year and two years at the master's level. In the qualifying year, students learn the basic principles, practice and theory of nursing. Elective courses are chosen on an individual basis depending on the student's background and must be approved by the academic advisor. The remaining two years include clinical and nursing theory courses, as well as a research project at the master's level.

11. I'm an international applicant and would like to have my transcript assessed in order to know if I meet the entry requirements. Who shall I contact?

Your transcript will be reviewed for equivalency only once you have completed the on-line application and have uploaded all documents. All admission requirements must be met. GRE or GMAT placement tests are not required.

12. It would be great to talk to some students who are actually in the program to get their perspective on things. How can I get in touch with them?

Many students are eager to share their experiences with prospective students. To get in touch with someone email the Nursing Graduate Student Association, the student society representing Master’s students in Nursing, at ngsa.pgss [at] ( )ngsa.pgss [at]