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


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 )

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).

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 )

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

For a total of : 24 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 a 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. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take a total of 6 credits of university-level physiology courses prior to entry into the Direct Entry program. 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.

N.B.: as of Fall 2017 admissions, 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 )

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

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification:

Applicants who are admitted must provide proof of Health Care Provider (HCP) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) certification upon entry and 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 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 1 January 1
Winter admission: not applicable not applicable
Summer admission: not applicable not applicable