Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing - Nurse Bachelor Entry

Interested in pursing your graduate-level nursing studies at one of Canada's premier learning institutions? Eager to be taught and encouraged by a faculty of nationally recognized researchers? Looking for a program that fosters individual judgement, creativity and initiative? If so, you definitely belong in our MSc (Applied) Program in Nursing.

Our program offers applicants different concentrations that fit with their career plans. These concentrations prepare students to assume roles as clinical nurse specialists in a variety of different areas, as nurse practitioners, or to tailor their program towards a career in nursing services administration or global health.

The core content of all concentrations includes the conceptual knowledge base relevant to advanced practice nursing. This knowledge has been organized within a model of nursing known as Strengths-Based Nursing and covers such areas as family intervention, health promotion, collaborative practice, learning, coping, development and working with strengths and resources. Under this umbrella, students also acquire in-depth knowledge of additional concepts and theories that are relevant to the discipline. Students will also develop their knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, engage in a systematic study of nursing problems and disseminate knowledge relevant to clinical practice.

The Ingram School of Nursing at McGill has a longstanding reputation for the rigor of its educational programs and the excellence of its program graduates. The School is internationally recognized for Strengths-Based Nursing (and before that, the McGill Model of Nursing)--which is an innovative philosophy of health promotion. It is unique in the world for its well-developed network of clinically based faculty working in hospitals and community health settings.

Master's-prepared nurses from McGill acquire the advanced knowledge and skills needed to assume exciting leadership positions in nursing practice, research, teaching or administration. Many of our graduates continue their studies at the doctoral level.

With the growing demand for nurses with post-baccalaureate education, there is no better time to start preparing for the future. It all begins here, at McGill's Ingram School of Nursing.

Admission requirements

Nurse Bachelor's Applicants

Nurse applicants to the Master's degree must have completed a Bachelor's degree in nursing (minimum 66 university credits, including 12 credits in the biological sciences) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.comparable to that offered at the McGill Ingram School of Nursing. Experience in nursing is suggested. An introductory statistics course (3 credits) is required prior to admission to the program.

International applicants who have been licensed in another country must have worked as a registered nurse in the United States or Canada for at least one year, which will provide them with the necessary knowledge of the health care system required for advanced nursing studies.

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 obtain a special authorization for graduate nurse students from the Order of Nurses of Quebec/Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec.

Nurse applicants to the Master's program may complete their studies on a part-time basis, i.e. a minimum of 6 credits per term to a maximum of four years, except for those in the Nurse Practitioner concentrations, where part-time studies are allowed only in the first year.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification:

Applicants who are admitted to the MSc(A) Nurse Bachelor Entry concentrations 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 Student Health Services website. The immunization form must be completed by a health-care provider (nurse applicants cannot complete the form themselves) 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 for detailed instructions regarding program-specific requirements.

Important dates

Application deadline

  Canadian applicants: International applicants:
Fall admission: February 1 January 1
Winter admission: September 30 - Only Bachelor-Nurse entry candidates interested in either the Advanced Clinical Practice or Administration concentrations of the M.Sc.(A) program may be considered for winter admission.  These candidates must contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator prior to submitting an application in order to discuss the program of study with an academic advisor.  Application received for winter from other candidates will not be accepted and application fees will not be refunded. No
Summer admission: No No

Applicants wishing to apply for Special/Exchange/Visiting status must contact the School of Nursing prior to submitting their application on MINERVA.