Master of Nursing (MN)

Course-based program

Program overview

PLEASE NOTE: This program is currently under review. 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. 

This course-based degree can be completed in combination with the course-based Master of Business Administration.

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.

Classroom 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. Michael A Colicos

    Michael A. Colicos

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  2. Faizal Abdul-Careem

    Faizal Abdul-Careem

    Accepting Inquiries
    Avian viral immunology
  3. Psychiatry

    Jean Addington

    Accepting Inquiries
    Risk for Serious Mental Illness
  4. Michael Adorjan

    Michael Adorjan

    Accepting Inquiries
    youth and cyber risk, fear of crime, perceptions of police, social construction of youth crime, social construction of social problems
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    James Agarwal

    Accepting Inquiries
    Marketing; Consumer Psychology, Marketing Ethics; Global Marketing; Marketing Research, Statistical Methodology
  6. Roberto Aguilera

    Roberto Aguilera

    Tight Oil and Unconventional Gas, Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
  7. Shelley Alexander

    Shelley Alexander

    Accepting Inquiries
    Human-Animal Relationships, Conservation and Geospatial Science
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    Usman Alim

    Accepting Inquiries
    Visualization and Computer Graphics
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    Ozouf Sénamin Amedegnato

    Accepting Inquiries
    Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Linguistics-Literature Interface, Émile Benveniste
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    Todd Anderson

    Accepting Inquiries
    Atherosclerosis, lipids, endothelial function

Admission Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Admission requirements are currently under review, with changes coming into effect for Fall 2021.


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 holding CPR certification at the Basic Rescuer or Basic Cardiac Life Support or 'C' level. A four-year baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing, along with:

  • One undergraduate course in research methodology
  • One undergraduate course in statistics


  • Statement of intent
  • Evidence of active nursing registration in Alberta through CARNA—College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta.
  • A security/police clearance letter


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: 

  • Dec. 1 application deadline (early admission)
  • Feb. 1 application deadline

International students:

  • Dec. 1 application deadline (early admission)
  • Feb. 1 application deadline

For admission on January 1

Canadians and permanent residents: 

  • Sept. 15 application deadline

International students:

  • Sept. 15 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 2279
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT 2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

Faculty of Nursing

Professional Faculties, Room 1238
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Visit the Faculty of Nursing website

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