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:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Nursing Services Administration
  • Nursing Education 
  • Global Health

 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.

Overview

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.

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: 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.

Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration with Course of Study

The MSc(A) Nursing - Advanced Clinical Practice concentration is a two-year, 49-credit program. Part-time studies over three to five years are also an option, but class schedules must be discussed with and approved by the academic advisor. The core content of the ACP concentration prepares students for advanced practice nursing roles in diverse settings and with diverse populations. Content is organized around Strengths-Based Nursing, and focuses on such areas as family intervention, collaborative practice, and working with family strengths and resources. Through clinical courses, students engage in advanced clinical assessments and interventions and develop greater capacities to reflect purposefully and in-depth on their nursing practice. Students also develop knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, engage in a systematic study of a clinically based nursing problem, and disseminate knowledge relevant to clinical practice.

Course of Study

Students are advised to register for sections which may be reserved for the nurse bachelor entry streams. This information appears in the "Notes" section of the MINERVA class schedule. Other important course information will be posted in this section.

Courses NUR2 608 (Fall Term) and NUR2 611 (Winter Term) must be taken in the same academic year. Courses NUR2 617 (Fall Term) and NUR2 618 (Winter Term) also must be taken in the same academic year and concurrently with NUR2 608 and NUR2 611. These sequential courses apply to part time and full time course of study.

Full-Time Studies:

Year 1

 

Year 2

 
Fall term Cr Fall term Cr
NUR2 608 - Seminar in Nursing 1
NUR2 617 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 1
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1
NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing
3
3
3
3
NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2
NUR2 640 - Clinical Reasoning
Selected complementary graduate course
6
3
3
Winter term Cr Winter term Cr
NUR2 611 - Seminar in Nursing 2
NUR2 618 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 2
Selected complementary graduate course
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1
3
3
3
3
Selected complementary graduate course
NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3
NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing
NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice
3
3
3
3
Total credits: 24 Total credits: 24

Part-Time Studies:

Year 1

 

Year 2

 
Fall term Cr Fall term Cr
NUR2 608 - Seminar in Nursing 1
NUR2 617 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 1
 
3
3
Selected complementary graduate course
Selected complementary graduate course
3
3
Winter term Cr Winter term Cr
Selected complementary graduate course
NUR2 611 - Seminar in Nursing 2
NUR2 618 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 2
3
3

NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing
NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice

3
3
Total credits: 12 Total credits: 12

Year 3

 

Year 4

 
Fall term Cr Fall term Cr
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1
NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing
3
3
NUR2 640 - Clinical Reasoning
NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2
3
6
Winter term Cr Winter term Cr
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1
Selected complementary graduate course
3
3

NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3

3
Total credits: 12 Total credits: 12

Nursing Services Administration Concentration with Course of Study

This concentration is offered to students to develop their capacity to assess the factors that affect and determine the nursing workforce. This will enable them to make strategic and effective decisions, and influence policy with regard to the planning and management of the nursing workforce.

Course of study

M.Sc.(A) Program
Nurse Bachelor Entry
Nursing Services Administration Concentration
Full-time
Course Requirements (49 credits)
Important: This is the pattern in which nurses are recommended to complete the M.Sc.(A) program on a Full-Time basis.  Any deviation to this schedule must be discussed and approved by Dr. Melanie-Lavoie Tremblay.  Students must be careful to register for sections which may be reserved for the Nurse Bachelor Entry streams. This information is indicated in the “NOTES” section of the MINERVA Class Schedule. In this section, we also post any other important information pertaining to the course.

Year 1

 

Year 2

 
Fall term Cr Fall term Cr
NUR2 608 - Seminar in Nursing 1
NUR2 617 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 1
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1
NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing OR Equivalent 

3
3
3
3
 

NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2
Complementary course in Administration
Complementary course in Administration
6
3
3
Winter term   Winter term  
NUR2 611 - Seminar in Nursing 2
NUR2 618 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 2
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1
Complementary course in Administration 
3
3
3
3

NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3
NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice
NUR2 629 - Nursing Administration Stage  OR Complementary course in Administration
NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing

3
3
4
3

Total credits: 24 Total credits: 25

Part-Time Studies

Part-time studies are offered in either a three-year or four-year option. Any alteration to the following study plans must be discussed with and approved by melanie.lavoie-tremblay [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Melanie Lavoie-Tremblay).

Three-year option:

Year 1

 

Year 2

 

Year 3

 

Fall term Cr Fall term Cr Fall term Cr

NUR2 608 - Seminar in Nursing 1
NUR2 617 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 1
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1

3
3
3

NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing
NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2
 
3
6
 

Complementary course in Administration
Complementary course in Administration


3
3

 

Winter term   Winter term   Winter term Cr

NUR2 611 - Seminar in Nursing 2
NUR2 618 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 2
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1

3
3
3

Complementary course in Administration
NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3

3

3
 

NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice
NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing
NUR2 629 - Nursing Administration Stage OR Complementary course in Administration

3
3
4

Total credits: 18 Total credits:

15

Total credits:

16

Four-year option:

Year 1

 

Year 2

 
Fall term Cr Fall term Cr

NUR2 608 - Seminar in Nursing 1
NUR2 617 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 1  

3
3

NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1

3
3
Winter term   Winter term  

NUR2 611 - Seminar in Nursing 2
NUR2 618 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 2

3
3

Complementary course in Administration
NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice

3
3

Total credits: 12 Total credits: 12

Year 3

 

Year 4

 
Fall term Cr Fall term Cr
Complementary course in Administration
Complementary course in Administration
3
3

NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2  

3

Winter term   Winter term  
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1
NUR2 629 - Nursing Administration Stage OR
Complementary course in Administration
3
4
NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3
NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing  

3
3

Total credits: 13 Total credits: 9

Global Health Nurse-Entry Concentration with Course of Study

The Master of Science (Applied) Nursing - Global Health concentration sets out to prepare students for challenges of working with diverse populations in limited-resource environments with a philosophy stressing the importance of understanding the inherent power dynamics, equity issues, and ethical dilemmas that arise through this work.  This concentration is offered on a full-time as well as part-time basis.

Course of Study

Full-Time Studies

Year 1

 

Year 2

 
Fall Term: Cr. Fall Term: Cr.
NUR2 608 - Seminar in Nursing 1 3 NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2 6
NUR2 617 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 1 3 NUR2 640 - Clinical Reasoning 3
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1 3 NUR2 636 - Global Health Nursing Clinical 3

NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing

OR equivalent

3    
Credits per term: 12 Credits per term: 12
Winter Term:   Winter Term:  
NUR2 516 - Perspectives on Global Health 3 NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing 3
NUR2 611 - Seminar in Nursing 2 3 NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3 3
NUR2 618 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 2 3 NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice 3
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1 3 Selected Complementary Course 3
Credits per term: 12 Credits per term: 12

Part-Time Studies

Year 1

 

Year 2

 
Fall Term: Cr. Fall Term: Cr.
NUR2 612 - Research Methods in Nursing 1 3 NUR2 631 - Clinical Project 2 6

NUR2 515 - Applied Statistics for Nursing

OR equivalent

3 NUR2 640 - Clinical Reasoning 3
    NUR2 636 - Global Health Nursing Clinical 3
Credits per term: 6 Credits per term: 12
Winter Term:   Winter Term:  
NUR2 516 - Perspectives on Global Health 3 NUR2 632 - Clinical Project 3 3
NUR2 630 - Clinical Project 1 3    
Credits per term: 6 Credits per term: 3

 

 

 

 

Year 3

 

Year 4

 
Fall Term: Cr. Fall Term: Cr.
NUR2 608 - Seminar in Nursing 1 3 NUR2 626 - Professional Issues in Nursing 3
NUR2 617 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 1 3    
Credits per term: 6 Credits per term: 3
Winter Term:   Winter Term:  
NUR2 611 - Seminar in Nursing 2 3 Selected complementary graduate course 3
NUR2 618 - Clin in Fam Systems Nursing 2 3 NUR2 642 - Ethics in Advanced Practice 3
Credits per term: 6 Credits per term: 6