Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2020/2021)
33.2 Qualifications for Admission
  1. Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing program in any of the two options listed above must have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program in Canada or an equivalent from a non-Canadian institution recognized by the University, and a knowledge of nursing satisfactory to the Faculty of Nursing.

  2. Admission to the program is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission, the applicant must have maintained at least a grade B standing in the baccalaureate program.

  3. Applicants are also required to have a minimum of one year of experience (1950 hours) in nursing practice for the Practicum Option prior to submitting their application. In addition, applicants must have completed an undergraduate nursing research course (minimum ‘B’ standing) and an undergraduate statistics course (minimum ‘B’ standing).

  4. Applicants must hold a practising licence from the Council of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador or must be currently registered as a practising nurse in another Canadian jurisdiction. Applicants from other countries who do not meet the above criteria will be assessed on an individual basis. However, they must submit proof of registration as a practising nurse (or an equivalency) from their country or jurisdiction.

  5. In addition to requirements 1. and 4., applicants seeking admission to the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Post Master’s Nurse Practitioner) program must have completed a Master's degree (minimum ‘B’ standing) in Nursing or an equivalent degree with a nursing focus, a graduate level statistics course (minimum ‘B’ standing), a graduate level research course (minimum ‘B’ standing), a graduate level nursing theories course (minimum “B” standing), a Bachelor’s degree (minimum ‘B’ standing) in Nursing, and have two years of clinical nursing experience preferably in their chosen specialty area.

  6. In addition to requirements 1., 4., and 5. applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Option and the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Post Master’s Nurse Practitioner) program will note that preference will be given to applicants who are living and working as Registered Nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  7. Only in exceptional circumstances and only on the recommendation of the Faculty of Nursing shall the Dean of Graduate Studies consider applicants who do not meet admission requirements listed above.