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MASTER OF NURSING

Intake: 
Fall
Program Components: 

Coursework and Thesis/Project

Registration Options: 

Full-time and Part-time

Description: 

The purpose of this program is to meet the demand for an accessible and relevant Master of Nursing (MN) degree that addresses the needs of adult learners in the nursing profession who wish to continue life-long learning, gain additional credentials, and become leaders in nursing practice, education and research. The Master of Nursing program has been designed to meet the needs of degree-holders who are regulated members in good standing in a Canadian jurisdiction on the Registered Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse, Graduate Nursing Practitioner, or Nurse Practitioner Register. Potential students may be working in a variety of roles and wish to increase their education to further their employment options. We anticipate that our graduates will become employed in nursing education or a variety of other roles within the health care delivery system.

Blended delivery will provide access to the program for those who may be located outside of Lethbridge. Courses will be completed online, however, twice per semester students will meet face to face with instructors, advisors, and fellow students. Students will have the option to complete a thesis or project. The program may be completed full- or part-time.

The deadline for applications is February 1.

International Students: Please be advised that due to the blended delivery format of this program, with more than 50% of instruction completed online, graduates will not be eligible to obtain a post-graduation work permit after completing this program. International students interested in this program are advised to contact the International Centre before submitting an application to this program.

Course & Program Info Master of Nursing FAQ 

 

Questions? Contact the Faculty of Health Sciences - graduate.health@uleth.ca

Admission requirements

Applicants will meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission: 

  • Hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree, or its academic equivalent, from another recognized degree-granting institution
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level semester courses OR calculated on the most recent master's degree if the applicant is applying for another master's degree
  • Be a regulated member in good standing in a Canadian jurisdiction on the Registered Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse, Graduate Nursing Practitioner, or Nurse Practitioner register.
  • Demonstrate the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirement for Graduate Students.
Application process

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

Please see Supporting Documents for the Master of Nursing program below. If additional documents are required, the School of Graduate Studies will contact you. 

Step 2: Submit Online Application by Deadline

Submit your complete application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date.

Step 3: Arrange for Official Documents

Official documents (e.g., transcripts, ELP test scores) are required prior to registration.

Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to uLethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at www.applyalberta.ca.

Step 4: 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 decisions 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.

Admission criteria

Because the capacity of the program is limited, not all students meeting the minimum admission requirements can be admitted.
The student’s academic record and letters of recommendation will be used to rank applicants for admission.

Supporting Documents for the Master of Nursing Program

Transcripts

Unofficial Transcripts
You will need to upload and submit your unofficial transcripts, including proof of graduation for your completed degree(s) and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, via the online application system.

Official Transcripts
You will also need to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Your official transcripts are required to be received 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 applyalberta.ca.

Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Registrar’s Office
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4
Canada

Your transcripts are required to display your up-to-date coursework, including grades/marks received for completed coursework.

Reference Letters

Applicants to the Master of Nursing program are required to submit three (3) reference letters. Referees can be academic or professional.

You are: Who is an acceptable academic referee?
A current or recent graduate of an undergraduate program
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University
A current or recent graduate student
  • Your supervisor, or a member of your Supervisory
    Committee
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University
Working and completed a degree several years ago
  • Someone with whom you have studied at the
    university level
  • An employer or another person who has served
    in a supervisory capacity who can testify to your
    ability to succeed in an academic setting

The School of Graduate Studies is not able to:

  • Accept Letters of Reference submitted via email or regular mail
  • Re-use a Letter of Reference submitted in support of a previous application  
  • Edit/change your referees or send them reminders to submit their Letter of Reference  
  • Accept Letters of reference from a friend or family member
Curriculum vitae

Your CV is a comprehensive document with a formal structure and academic focus. It should include your background, work experience, awards, scholarships, publications, and other achievements. If you are a current or former University of Lethbridge student, contact Career and Employment Services for additional information on the content and structure of a CV. 

Letter of Intent

Your Letter of Intent for the Master of Nursing program must contain:

  • Your goals or objectives for seeking a graduate degree in the chosen discipline

You should address your letter to the School of Graduate Studies.

Things to Note:

Your Letter of Intent is your opportunity to show us your passion for your proposed research. Explain how dedicated and invested you are to your proposed graduate program, and provide specific examples of key accomplishments. Be concise and include only important information – reviewers have many graduate applications to review; your Letter of Intent should generally be no more than one page in length, or up to 500 words. 

English Language Proficiency requirements for Graduate Students

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin. Please see the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students for detailed information. 

I like that the U of L program is smaller. I have met most of the faculty and I’ve had the opportunity to work with many of them. I feel that my learning is more personalized and so more supportive of my learning goals. It has a nice balance between being an independent learner and learning within a community.

Noelle Sedgwick (RN, BN '13, MN student)

I have a deeper understanding of the nursing profession, health promotion, policy development, research, the role of nurses at a higher level in government to be agents for positive change. I have also learned a lot about myself personally, how determined and committed I am to the things I feel passionate about. I have also gained wonderful friendships through my fellow colleagues that have been a tremendous support through this journey. 

Sarah Krogman (RN, MN student)


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