Frequently Asked Questions

I've completed several post-secondary courses at another institution since graduating with my BN. If I am accepted into the MN program can they count towards my credits?

As per Memorial University's policy only a maximum of two courses can be used as transfer credits in the MN program. Courses are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean (Graduate Programs) to ensure they meet the requirements. There are no guarantees that courses taken at another institution can be used as transfer credits. 

What is the residence requirement for the MN program?

Residency is defined by registration of a graduate student and participation in a community of learners and instructors. Participating in on-line discussions is required to meet the School of Graduate Studies' residency requirement. You do not have to come to St. John's, Newfoundland to meet the residency requirement for the practicum option.  For the NP option you are required to come to St. John's 3 times throughout the program for labs, clinical skills practice, and testing. Each visit will be for approximately 1 week. All costs associated with these visits (e.g., travel and accommodation) are the responsibility of the student.

My overall average during my undergraduate degree is a B but I did receive final grades lower than a B in several classes. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes. We will look at trends in your academic record but your marks are just one part of your application. Your CV, professional experience, references, and personal statement are also important when considering your acceptance into the MN program. However, you must have a final grade of B or above in both your undergraduate statistics course and nursing research course.

Is it possible to enroll as an unclassified student and take a course(s) before starting the Master's program?

We are no longer able to accept students into MN courses until they are admitted into the program.

I graduated with my BN more than five years ago. Am I required to re-do my statistics course prior to applying to the MN program?

No. There is no time limit on when you completed your statistics course to meet the requirements for the MN program, provided you received a final grade of at least a B. 

How can I receive information on the application process for Memorial University's master of nursing program?

General information regarding all graduate programs, including tuition and fees, application deadlines and process, and admission requirements, as well as the online application forms are available online: 

How long does it take to complete the program?

There are two options offered that lead to a master of nursing degree:  the Practicum option and the Nurse Practitioner option. The practicum option is comprised of 10 courses, typically completed in 6 semesters when enrolled in full-time studies and 10 semesters when enrolled in part-time studies. The Nurse practitioner option is comprised of 13 courses, typically completed in 8 semesters when enrolled in full-time studies and 11 semesters when enrolled in part time studies. In addition to the MN degree program, the Faculty of Nursing also offers a post master's nurse practitioner diploma, which is comprised of 6 courses and typically completed in 5 semesters. 

Full-Time Versus Part-Time Status

A full time or part-time status does not depend on the number of courses taken in a term or a year. A full-time graduate student is one who registers as such, devotes full time to the academic program and may not commit more than 24 hours a week to matters other than the degree program, e.g., working, including teaching assistant or research assistant duties. A part-time graduate student is one who is registered for the duration of a semester and is not classified as full-time. Only full-time students are eligible for University Fellowship funding if conducting research. The fee schedule per term varies according to status, but the overall costs of the program are the same.

What is the cost of the MN program?

Please go to the following webpage to obtain this information:

What are the workload requirements in the MN program?

Graduate studies are demanding and require a commitment and good organizational skills to manage the workload involved. While courses are online and thus scheduling of required activities is flexible within any given week, students are still expected to devote 12-15 hours per week per course (not including papers or extra studying for exams). This is the equivalent of 3 hours of classes per week, and 3 hours of study/homework for each hour of class, which is the standard recommendation for on-campus courses.

I graduated from my BN quite a while ago. Must I find two professors who taught me to be my referees?

The Letter of Appraisal form, which is to be completed by referees, is a university-wide form. In the Faculty of Nursing we ask that at least one of your referees be from a current or former professor. Other referees could be your work managers. If it has been a number of years since you attended university, your academic referee could be someone who taught you continuing education courses.

Can the MN (Nurse Practitioner Option) or the Post Master's Nurse Practitioner Graduate Diploma be taken by distance education?

The program may be taken full or part time via distance education.  You may choose the family/all ages or the adult stream of practice.  Normally, you will be required to come on campus 3 times throughout the program for labs, clinical skills practice, and testing. Each visit will be for approximately 1 week. All costs associated with these visits (e.g., travel and accommodation) are the responsibility of the student. 

I've applied to the MN program. When can I expect to hear back about whether or not I've been accepted?

Applications typically take ~ 3 months to review. You will be notified about your admission status via your MUN e-mail (if you have one) or the e-mail account listed on your application. Therefore, it is important that you check your e-mail on a regular basis.


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