Frequently Asked Questions

Is the MScN program an online program? 

All courses in the MScN program are delivered online and students do not come to campus for instruction. However, for the NP option you are required to come to 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 graduated from my BN quite a while ago and I’m unable to get an academic reference for my application. How should I proceed?

If it has been a number of years since you attended university, your academic referee could be someone who taught you continuing education courses since you completed your BN. If this isn’t an option, you can find a second professional reference that can speak to your critical thinking skills, writing skills, analysis and application of evidence into practice, and ability to learn complex material. This referee should have this as the focus, rather than clinical skills.

I've completed several post-secondary courses at another institution since graduating with my BN. If I am accepted into the MScN 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 MScN 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 MScN 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.

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 MScN 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 MScN program?

No. There is no time limit on when you completed your statistics course to meet the requirements for the MScN program, provided you received a final grade of at least a B (65%). 

What's the difference between full-time and 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 are the workload requirements in the MScN 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.

Have other questions? Contact the Faculty of Nursing at gradnursing@mun.ca