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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 quantitative and qualitative research, nursing leadership, and others.


Variety of opportunities for advancing your career. A master’s degree is also a pre-requisite for doctoral studies.

Online delivery

Time commitment

One year. Maximum completion time is two years.


No supervisor is required.

Fees and funding

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

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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 active nursing registration in Alberta through the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) or active nursing registration in their province or territory of employment. Registered Psychiatric Nurses are expected to provide proof of active registration with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) or equivalent.


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:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements


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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