Masters of Science Applied (Non-Thesis) Nursing


This degree is comprised of two (2) programs that are completed consecutively:

  1. Qualifying Year, 1 year 
  2. Master's of Science Applied - Nursing  - 2 years full time (you will apply at the start of Winter term of the Qualifying Year).


Qualifying Year

Academic Requirements to Enter the Program

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. Please note that since there are more applicants than spaces available, fulfillment of minimal requirements does not guarantee admission. 

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses for a total of 30 credits before admission to the qualifying year. 

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 [course link PSYC 204]

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 and Archeology, Sociology, Philosophy, Child Development, Women's Studies, Environmental Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies, Religious Studies, etc.)

The chemistry, biology and introductory statistics requirements may be completed at a Quebec CEGEP or university. However, the physiology and social science/humanities requirements must be completed at the university level. Please note that language courses are not considered social science/humanities courses.

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

For course equivalencies recognized by McGill University, visit: If the courses are not found, please check with the graduate.nursing [at] (Nursing Student Affairs Office )to ensure the equivalency.

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


Language Requirements

English Language Proficiency:

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. When registering for either TOEFL or IELTS, please request that test results be sent directly to McGill University (Institution Code: 0935). The minimum scores required at the Ingram School of Nursing are:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): iBT (internet-based) - 100 overall (no less than 20 in each of the four component scores); PBT (paper-based) - 600. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. **The CBT is no longer accepted.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 7.5 or greater (Academic module).

French Language Proficiency:

The language of instruction at McGill University is English. However, the Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing program includes mandatory clinical placements in health care institutions where the ability to communicate proficiently in French is essential to effectively and safely support patients and families. Note that you may qualify for a French proficiency test exemption if you received some of your education entirely in French as indicated in the table below.

French-language requirement exemption:

You meet the French – language proficiency requirement if one of the situations described below applies to you.

Language Proficiency Exemption

Supporting document to be uploaded on the admission’s platform

You have completed your Secondary 4 and 5 studies at a High School in Quebec where French was the primary language of instruction.

Secondary 4 and 5 High School Transcipt


You have graduated from a High School program where French is the primary language of instruction (e.g. Baccalauréat Francais, Certificat d'enseignement secondaire supérieur (Belgique), Certificat de maturité (Suisse).

Diploma from Institution or High School transcript


You studied in a French-language High School during the last two years of your studies.

High School transcript of these two years.


You obtained a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) granted by a Francophone CEGEP before 1998.

CEGEP Diploma


You have successfully completed the Épreuve uniforme de français langue d'enseignement et literature at a French CEGEP.

Épreuve Diploma

You have completed 60 credits or more of an undergraduate program in a francophone university in Quebec.

University transcript

You were enrolled for 2 consecutive years or more in a full-time Undergraduate or Graduate program in a francophone university outside of Quebec.

University transcript

You have successfully completed the McGill Certificate of Proficiency in French (SCS) or French Professional Communication (SCS).

Certificate Diploma


If one of the above exemptions apply to you, please upload to the admission’s platform one single document including the below items:

  1. A document including your Full Name, McGill ID (if applicable), the exemption that applies to you and your signature.
  2. Supporting document indicated above


French-language proficiency test

If none of the above exemptions apply to you, you will need to submit a valid French-language proficiency test score on the admission’s platform. Please note that you need to obtain a minimal overall test score of B2 to meet the French language proficiency requirement. B2 is equivalent to Level 6 on the Échelle Québecoise (EQ) on any of the tests listed below.

A table of accepted tests and respective websites are listed below:


Accepted test

Website and additional information

Diplôme d'études en langue française/Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DELF or DALF)


Results from before 2005 are still valid.

You can retake the test as many times as you wish. These diplomas are valid for life.

TCF or TCFQ or TCF-DAP (Test de connaissance du français )

The results are valid for two years.

TEF or TEFaQ or TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation du français (pour les études en France)


The results are valid for two years. You can retake the test as many times as you wish allowing for a one-month waiting period between each examination.


Please Note :

  • You need to complete all four components (oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral expression and written expression) of the French Proficiency Test.
  • The TFI is not accepted as a language proficiency test.


Ready to Apply?

Prospective applicants may be permitted to submit an application after the Fall admission deadline if a spot is available. For further information please contact Stephanie Charbonneau, Program Director, at stephanie.charbonneau [at]

Deadlines for Fall Admission

Canadian Applicants: [Extended deadline May 1st] Regular deadline: February 1st

International Applicants: January 15th

Prospective applicants may be permitted to submit an application after the Fall admission deadline if a spot is available. For further information please contact the Program Director, stephanie.charbonneau [at] (Stephanie Charbonneau). Consult Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) for general information on how to apply. As our master's graduate programs are non-thesis, you are NOT required to provide the name of a potential supervisor.

Applicants to the QUALIFYING YEAR of the MSc(A) Nursing program are asked to provide and upload:

  • Two References: in creating your applicant profile, you will be asked to provide two references. These can be: a) from a professional/work related source who is familiar with your academic work, or b) one from a professor and one from a professional/work related source. 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 QY Essay questions. Include the question at the start of each section. Please clearly identify your essay with your name and McGill ID.
  • Nursing Prerequisite Form: in order to assess if you have met the minimum requirements, complete the Qualifying Year Prerequisite 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.
  • Proficiency in French: For more information, please review the "Graduate" tab on our APPLY page.



Once You've Been Accepted: Compulsory Immunization Program and CPR Certification

All students entering the Qualifying Year must obtain CPR certification and an immunization protocol before entering the program. You are strongly encouraged to begin obtaining the required immunizations in January, as this process can take up to six months. Once an offer of admission is extended and accepted, you will receive access to the student portal.  You can view our pre-clinical requirements here. Students who have accepted their offer of admission on Minerva must upload the completed immunization form directly to the Student Wellness Hub, by June 15th. The immunization form can be found here. Students who have not completed their immunizations by the deadline will be forced to defer their admission for one year.


Master of Science Applied (Non-Thesis) Nursing

Admission Requirements

Successful Completion of the Qualifying Year

Application Process

During the Winter term of the Qualifying Year students will submit an application in the system (fees apply), for the MScA Nursing. Application deadlines are the same as for the Qualifying Year.

Applicants to the MSc(A) Nursing will provide or upload:

  • References: indicate Prof. Stephanie Charbonneau (stephanie.charbonneau [at] and Prof. Jodi Tuck (jodi.tuck [at] as your academic references. There is no need to contact them to request this, they do it automatically.
  • Only your Qualifying Year should be entered in the Education History. If uApply populates your information from your previous application, be ready to upload your unofficial transcript.
  • Except for applicants to the Global Health concentration, no other documents need to be submitted. 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 Concentration

In addition to the requirements listed directly above, applicants to the Global Health Direct Entry Concentration must also complete and upload thePDF icon Global Health Studies Application Form

NOTE: If you are not offered admission to the Global Health concentration, you will be switched to the no concentration instead so do not apply to both!

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