Master of Nursing (MN)

Course-based program

Program overview

PLEASE NOTE: This program is available as part of a Laddered Certificate Pathway. Admission to the program requires completion of the Advanced Nursing Practice I and II Graduate Certificates. If you are interested in applying for this program, please contact the Faculty of Nursing for more information.

Our faculty’s mission is to advance nursing practice and promote health through research and learning. Through innovations in teaching approaches and through our programs of nursing research, the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary transforms students into our next generation of health-care leaders.

This degree prepares nurses for advanced practice in focused areas such as direct clinical practice, education, or health policy and leadership, and is a perfect fit for RNs who already have an expert knowledge base and complex decision-making skills. Course-based students have a total of six years to complete the program. 

Completing this program

  • Courses: Topics include philosophical and theoretical knowledge, evidence-informed nursing, quantitative and qualitative research and others.

  • Comprehensive Exam: Students are required to pass written and oral exams tailored to the student's specialization.


Healthcare, community health, advanced practice nursing, pediatrics, gerontology, mental health, acute care, ICU, oncology, palliative care, maternal/child health, NICU, pulmonary care, clinical simulation, nursing research, nursing education, critical incident stress, health policy, spiritual care.

A course-based master’s degree in nursing is usually considered a final degree.

Online delivery

Time commitment

Three years full-time; six years maximum  


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Karen Benzies

    Karen Benzies

    Accepting Inquiries
    Parent-Child Relationships, Early Childhood Development, Family Integrated Care, Welcome to Parenthood
  2. Cuthbert Headshot

    Colleen Cuthbert

    Accepting Inquiries
    Health Services Research, Cancer Survivorship, Mixed Methods
  3. Añiela dela Cruz

    Añiela dela Cruz

    Accepting Inquiries
    HIV Cascade of Care; Vulnerable Populations; Population Health Promotion; Social Determinants of Health
  4. In Canada, Dr. Donnelly’s research focuses on the Health and Wellness of Immigrants and Refugees which include breast cancer and cervical cancer screening practices, HIV/AIDS, mental healthcare, and support for international students. In Qatar, Dr. Donnelly’s research studies focus on Arab women’s breast cancer screening, depression among cardiovascular patients, lifestyle risk factors and promotion of healthy lifestyle among Arab adults.

    Tam Truong Donnelly

    Accepting Inquiries
    Health services research; Women’s health; Multicultural/Cross-cultural health; Population health, health promotion and disease prevention; Mental health; Cardiovascular health; Cancer prevention; Infectious diseases; Mix-methods (qualitative and quantitative) research
  5. Andrew Estefan

    Andrew Estefan

    Accepting Inquiries
    Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing, Gender, Sexuality, Sexual Orientation, Narrative Inquiry
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    Jennifer Jackson

    Seeking Students
  7. Kathryn King-Shier

    Kathryn King-Shier

    Accepting Inquiries
    cardiovascular health, ethno-culture, gender, access to care, secondary prevention
  8. Catherine Laing

    Catherine Laing

    Accepting Inquiries
    Pediatric and adolescent oncology; psychosocial oncology
  9. Nicole Letourneau

    Nicole Letourneau

    Accepting Inquiries
  10. Candace Lind

    Candace Lind

    Accepting Inquiries
    Adolescent/youth health promotion

Admission Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Admission to this program is part of a Laddered Certificate Pathway.


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse holding a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing, along with:


  • Evidence of eligibility for active nursing registration in Alberta through CARNA (College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta), or CRPNA (College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta)


Have an interview(s) with a faculty member, if requested by the faculty.

Work samples


Reference letter


Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1

Canadians and permanent residents:

  • Applications open Dec. 1.
  • June 1 application deadline.

International students

  • June 1 application deadline.

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Nursing Graduate Programs

Faculty of Nursing, Professional Faculties, Room 2260
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT 2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

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