Why Nursing @ Memorial?

Memorial University offers exciting Nursing programs for students who wish to continue their nursing education. Graduate students engage in advanced study of nursing, and work with faculty on research or clinical projects covering many aspects of the profession from education to client care.

Description of programs

  • MN – The MN program has two options: 1) Practicum (course based); and 2) Nurse Practitioner (NP) with two streams – Family/All Ages, and Adult. All program options are designed to prepare students in advanced practice in nursing. The advanced practitioner has a well developed knowledge base, uses critical thinking and demonstrates advanced skills in an area of nursing. Advanced nursing practice skills are developed through the testing of selected nursing interventions, the implementation of research findings, and the analysis and critique of theoretical work. The role of the NP in advanced nursing practice is grounded in knowledge of theory and expanded practice skills in areas of advanced clinical decision-making, research, consultation/collaboration, and leadership. Nurse Practitioners have advanced knowledge and decision-making skills in health assessment, diagnosis, and health care management of common and complex conditions. The purpose of the Master of Nursing-Nurse Practitioner (MN-NP) program is to prepare nurses at an advanced level to practice as nurse practitioners in a variety of practice settings.
  • Post Master's Nurse Practitioner Graduate Diploma – This diploma is designed for Master of Nursing graduates who wish to pursue nurse practitioner preparation for the role of the NP.
  • PhD – The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing is offered in areas reflective of the strength and expertise of current faculty members in the School of Nursing. All candidates will be required to attend as full-time students during the first six semesters (two academic years) of the program. Program curriculum consists of six courses, two internships, graduate seminars, and a dissertation.

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the School of Nursing website for areas for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with. MN students are assigned an advisor and the supervisor is appointed for the thesis or final practicum.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MN NP Graduate diploma – Bachelor’s degree (minimum ‘B’ standing) in Nursing or an equivalent degree with a nursing focus; two years of clinical nursing experience; an undergraduate statistics course, and an undergraduate nursing research course.
  • MN Practicum Option and Nurse Practitioner Option – Bachelor's degree (minimum ‘B’ standing) in Nursing; an undergraduate statistics course; an undergraduate nursing research course; license to practice nursing in jurisdiction and minimum of one year of nursing practice experience for the practicum option, and two years of nursing experience for the NP option.
  • PhD – Master’s degree in Nursing with a minimum GPA of 3.4; must be eligible to become a registered nurse in Newfoundland and Labrador


Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change.The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.


Program Information
Degrees Offered:

Graduate diploma, MN, PhD




Graduate diploma, MN: 1-2 years
PhD: 4 years


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Application Deadline:

February 15 (graduate diploma, MN) for Fall admission

January 31 (PhD) for Fall admission (in odd-numbered years)


PhD: $7,500-$12,000

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Tuition (NL students):

Graduate diploma: $420
MN: $635-$953/semester
PhD: $888/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

Graduate diploma: $546
MN: $826-$1,239/semester
PhD: $1,154/semester

Tuition (International students):

Graduate diploma: $710
MN: $1,074-$1,611/semester
PhD: $1,499/semester

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Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000