Part 2: Application For Admission

Applying for Admission

Note: For complete admission and degree requirements, refer to Admission Requirements in the Master of Nursing (M.N.) Programs section of the Graduate Studies Calendar (
Note: The capacity of the MN program is limited by both space and availability of the faculty. Not all students meeting the general admission requirements can be admitted

The application package for the MN program is available through the online application system at: (see Table 3: Master of Nursing Program Application Process).

Applicants should begin work on the application package as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is February 1. As this is a quota-based program, the School of Graduate Studies encourages early application. Applicants should begin work on the application package as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is February 1. As this is a quota-based program, the School of Graduate Studies encourages early application.

No application can receive formal consideration until all documentation is received. All documents received in support of an application become the property of the University and will not be released or copied except to other employees of the University and/or, on the student’s behalf, to external granting agencies and funding entities as required by University procedures regarding admission, registration, and awards and financial support administration.

Eligible applicants must apply for admission by following the process outlined in Master of Nursing Program Application Process.

Note: Students who are graduates of non-Canadian universities must provide notarized English translations of all documents not in the English language.

Master of Nursing Application Process

Step 1 – Applicant submits the application online by the application deadline date

The following required admission documents must be submitted via the online application system available at

(Note: A Supervisor will be identified post-admission)

Unofficial academic transcripts
Admission decisions may be made on the basis of unofficial transcripts submitted via the online application system (see Transcripts).

Three references
Contact Information for three referees who are willing to submit a confidential assessment via the online system.

Three referees, two must be academic (each referee submits a confidential letter of reference articulating the student's background preparation and suitability for graduate work). The applicant must have studied with at least one referee (see Letters of Reference).

Currriculum Vitae (CV)
The applicant's CV includes academic background, work experience, awards, scholarships, and publications (see Curriculum Vitae).

Letter of Intent
The Letter of Intent indicates the applicant's reasons for applying (e.g., goals, or objectives for seeking a degree in the chosen discipline) (see Letter of Intent).

Nursing Registration
Evidence of registration as a registered nurse, registered nurse practitioner, or registered psychiatric nurse in Alberta.

English language proficiency (ELP)
Evidence of ELP is required if the applicant’s first language is not English (see English Language Proficiency for Graduate Students).

Additional documentation
If additional documentation is required, the School of Graduate Studies will contact the applicant.

Submission process
Completion of the online application form requires uploading the required admission documents, providing referee names and contacts, and paying the application fee by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date (see Application Deadline).

By submitting this application, applicants authorize the University of Lethbridge to request transcripts on their behalf from institutions participating in ApplyAlberta (Alberta Post-Secondary Application System).

Step 2 – Applicant arranges for official documents

Official transcripts, including proof of graduation for the baccalaureate degree and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, are required prior to course registration.

Applicants who have attended or are currently attending institutions NOT participating in ApplyAlberta must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office. A list of participating institutions is available at

Step 3 – Admission decision process

The Master of Nursing Program Committee reviews the application package and unofficially informs the applicant of the committee’s decision. Official admission decision will be sent electronically from the Admissions Office. Applicants will be notified of their official admission status from the Admissions Office by April 1. Successful applicants will be advised of registration procedures at that time..

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