Master of Nursing / Nurse Practitioner

Course-based program

Program overview

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 integrated degree is for registered nurses with a four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing and a minimum of 4,500 hours of clinical practice, preferably in adult health acute care which is the focus of the nurse practitioner portion of this program. Admission is capped and competitive. Applicants will be rated according to overall GPA, grades in courses relevant to the program, references, the quality of their application essay, and the number of adult-focused clinical hours.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Topics include philosophical and theoretical knowledge, evidence-informed nursing, pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics and others.

  • Comprehensive Exam: Students are required to pass an exam with an experiential practice component and an oral component.

  • Practicum Courses: Four eight-week blocks of practicum to develop advanced skills in clinical diagnosis, patient management and more.


Nursing, Health Care, Nurse Practitioner.

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

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two 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. Eloise Carr

    Eloise Carr

    Accepting Inquiries
    Patient experience of pain, Patient and professional education in pain, Organizational aspects, Human and animal pain interactio - the HAPI project
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    Colleen Cuthbert

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

    Añiela dela Cruz

    Accepting Inquiries
    HIV Cascade of Care; Vulnerable Populations; Population Health Promotion; Social Determinants of Health
  5. 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
  6. Andrew Estefan

    Andrew Estefan

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

    Seeking Students
  8. Kathryn King-Shier

    Kathryn King-Shier

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

    Catherine Laing

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

    Nicole Letourneau

    Accepting Inquiries

Admission Requirements


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.

Work samples



  • Statement of intent.
  • Documentation confirming three years' clinical experience (4,500 hours).
  • Evidence of active nursing registration in Alberta through CARNA—College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta.
  • A security/police clearance letter.

Reference letters


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 May 1

Canadians and permanent residents: 

  • Dec. 1 application deadline 

International students:

  • Dec. 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 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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