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    • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • Master of Nursing (MN)

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    Expected duration

    • 2+ years

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    Program options

    • Education stream
    • Administration stream
    • Clinical stream

Program details

The Master of Nursing degree builds on undergraduate education through the integration of theory, research, and practice. Emphasis is placed on developing ability to analyze, critique, and use research and theory to further nursing practice.

Expected duration: 2+ years

Tuition and fees: One year tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

Students choose one of the following three streams.

Education stream

The Education stream prepares graduates for careers in education. A nurse educator has in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning related to education, either in nursing practice or nursing education. The theories of teaching and learning are explored in relation to student learning and teaching practices. Areas of focus within this stream are generally directed towards improving educational outcomes. Possible career opportunities for graduates of the education stream:

  • Clinical educator in an institution
  • Clinical/community education roles, such as diabetes educator
  • Instructor at a faculty/school of nursing
  • Doctoral studies

Administration stream

The Administration stream prepares graduates for careers in nursing management and administration. The nurse administrator provides leadership in a variety of settings, including practice, education, or government. Understanding the theories relevant to nursing leadership and other organizational practices enables the nurse administrator to provide leadership and strategic thinking in their practice arena. Areas of focus within this stream are generally directed towards improving organizational and process outcomes. Possible career opportunities for graduates of the administration stream:

  • Nurse manager
  • Nursing director
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Instructor at a faculty/school of nursing
  • Doctoral studies

Clinical stream

The clinical stream prepares graduates for clinical career opportunities including Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), as well as other roles within an institution or community setting. Areas of focus within this stream are generally directed towards improving patient or client outcomes.

A CNS has in-depth knowledge in a selected area of clinical practice and advances nursing knowledge, skills, judgment, standards and program development to enhance patient or client care. In practice, the CNS strengthens the link between nursing research and practice, and assists others in knowledge translation through the development of clinical guidelines and protocols. They promote the use of evidence, provide expert support and consultation and facilitate system change.

Sample course offerings

  • NURS 7320 - Philosophy of Nursing Science (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 7210 - Qualitative Research Methods in Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 7220 - Quantitative Research Methods in Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 7340 - Evidence Informed Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 7352 - Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 7360 - Integrative Focus (or Electives outside Nursing) (6 credit hours)

Thesis and course-based Capstone Project

Students pursuing the thesis option in the Education, Administration or Clinical streams complete 21 credit hours, culminating in a thesis, in which they:

  • Identify and define a research problem(s) or question(s)
  • Actively engage in a systematic process to address the research question(s)
  • Provide evidence of mastery in a specialized area of nursing knowledge
  • Produce a scholarly written document
  • Competently defend the thesis in an academic and public forum

Students pursuing the course-based Capstone Project option in the Education, Administration or Clinical streams complete 21 credit hours plus six additional credit hours of electives, for a total of 27 credit hours, culminating in a Capstone Project. The Capstone Project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to analyze, interpret, apply and communicate knowledge acquired throughout their graduate program.

All required coursework must be completed prior to registering for the Capstone Project.

Flexible program options

Full-time and part-time options

A student is considered to be full time in the Administration, Clinical or Education stream if they take a minimum of 12 credit hours during the regular academic year.

Students must apply for part-time studies.

Evening classes may be available.

Advisors accepting graduate students

You must have an advisor willing to accept you as a student to pursue graduate studies in nursing. 

International applicants are not required to secure a faculty advisor prior to submitting their application to the Master in Nursing (administration or education stream). After the application is reviewed, international applicants will be contacted with a list of potential faculty advisors.

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree under the mentorship of a faculty researcher not listed, you are welcome to contact that faculty member directly to inquire about potential graduate positions.

Please review the researcher’s profile prior to contacting them, to ensure your research interest aligns with theirs. When you decide to contact a faculty member regarding a graduate position, please send them the following:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • All academic transcripts from previous post-secondary institutions as well as the University of Manitoba (as applicable)
  • Descriptions of any previous research or teaching-related experience.

If you have contacted potential advisors and after several inquiries have not received a response, please consider this an indication that they will not be pursuing further conversation.

Applicants can also contact the Graduate Program Student Advisor at 204-474-6733 for more information about advisors.

The student-advisor relationship

In collaboration, the student and faculty advisor will discuss the student’s learning needs to determine the fit between advisor and student. The advisor will work with the student to devise a plan for their course of studies. Generally, the advisor will be the student’s thesis/committee chair or comprehensive examination chair. Students must meet, at a minimum, annually with their advisor. Any changes to program plan must be approved by the advisor.

The student-advisor relationship is important in assisting the student to navigate the university system. Students are responsible for initiating and maintaining regular communication with their advisor.

Students are also responsible for understanding and knowing the Faculty of Graduate Studies policies and regulations, as well as the Supplemental Regulations, which provide the guidelines for graduate study.

Faculty advisor Research area
Mandy Archibald Dr. Archibald supervises students with interest in lived experience, arts-based research, applied qualitative and mixed methods research, realist methods, and knowledge translation (including integrated and collaborative approaches) across chronic illness and development contexts in child health including but not limited to diabetes, asthma, and disability.
Lynda Balneaves Psychosocial Oncology; Treatment Decision Making; Complementary and Integrative Health Care; Knowledge Translation; Medical and Non-Medical Cannabis; Mixed Methods.
Wanda Chernomas Women living with serious mental illness; Social support; Complex trauma responses and trauma-informed care; Transition of new graduates into the profession.
Elsie Duff Dr. Duff supervises students interested in substance use, mental health, rural or remote health, nursing practice and education, health governance and policy using qualitative or quantitative methods.
Joseph Gordon Pharmacology, pathophysiology, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, problem-based learning, web-based resources and open-source software in post-secondary education.
Tom Hack Psychosocial Oncology; Patient-Health Provider Communication; Psychosocial Oncology; Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness; Research Methods; Statistics.
Nicole Harder Ethnography, appreciative inquiry, simulation in nursing education, nursing education theory, technology in nursing education, teaching in lab settings, communication for patient safety.
Marnie Kramer Nursing Education Research, educational development design, remediation/failure, theory-to-practice integration, cardiac health, behavioural change, sociology of the body, sociology of health, and illness. Doctoral research consisted of an examination of the social influences in health behavior change in people living with coronary heart disease (CHD).
Suzanne Lennon Women’s health, pregnancy, gender equity, pregnancy-based risk perception, marginalized populations, psychometrics and instrument development. My research uses quantitative and mixed methods approaches.
Michelle Lobchuk Family caregivers, adult patients, chronic illness, symptom management, home care, empathic communication, perceptual understanding, video-feedback, theory-based interventions, quantitative methodology.
Diana McMillan Sleep, sleep disturbance (especially in patients with advanced cancer, fibromyalgia, insomnia, and back pain), sleep health promotion interventions, acute and chronic pain, quality of life, coping, stress, heart rate variability.
Daniel Nagel Dr. Nagel’s main research focus is community health and access to healthcare services, particularly for at-risk populations (e.g. LGBTQ2S+, Indigenous peoples, Newcomers, Persons Who Use Drugs). His interests and experience also include interprofessional education/collaboration, harm reduction, community development, technology in clinical practice, and curriculum design (e.g. innovations in experiential education).
Jamie Penner Family caregiving, health promotion, chronic progressive illness and/or aging, palliative and end-of-life care, community engagement, intervention development, mixed methods research approaches.
Em M. Pijl Homeless, substance-using, and at-risk populations; social disorder in communities; health services for marginalized patient populations; and, harm reduction services (substance use, managed alcohol programs, supervised consumption services, etc.). She utilizes quantitative and mixed research methods.
Judith Scanlan Clinical teaching, nursing education, patient education, reflection, international nursing, nursing administration, qualitative research.
Annette Schultz Tobacco use and dependence treatment within the context of health care services, policy, and education; the primary intent is to enhance availability of tobacco dependence treatment. I have explored the use of Rights-based Discourse within tobacco control program and policy development. Recently, I began to integrate an equity perspective related to tobacco control issues and public health in general. Framing of my research interests tends to be through a socio-ecological lens, which means contextual, systemic, and/or organizational influences are investigated along with individual factors. Studies within my program of research have included a variety of methodological approaches; quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.
Lynn Scruby Community health, health promotion, refugee health care, low-income women with children, health promotion in sport, health and social policy, social justice and equity, vulnerable and marginalized populations, women’s health in urban and rural settings, role of community health nurses in health policy, organization capacity building with a community health centre and a community ministry, inner-city community relationship building, collaboration, interprofessional collaborative research, qualitative methodology, simulation learning, feminist theory and research.
Genevieve Thompson Palliative nursing care, long-term care, dementia care, health services research, family caregivers, quantitative and qualitative research.
Sonia A. Udod Leadership practices, building nurse manager capacity, nurse leader role in transitions of care, work environments, delivery of health services, health care quality, qualitative research methodologies.
Christina West Information coming soon
Roberta Woodgate Information coming soon

Admission requirements

To qualify for admission to the Master of Nursing program you must meet both the academic requirements and the non-academic requirements.

Academic requirements

To qualify for admission to the Master of Nursing program, you must have a minimum of:

  • Registration as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in Manitoba or your home jurisdiction. Applicants to the Clinical Stream must be registered with the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba.
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing, mental health nursing or psychiatric nursing or its equivalent from an approved or accredited university.
    In exceptional circumstances, applicants with a degree in another discipline may be considered, providing the applicant is a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN). For these individuals, up to an additional year of course work may be required prior to consideration for admission to the graduate program as a regular student.
  • Completion of a Research Methods course and an introductory Statistics course with a minimum grade of 2.5 (C+) in each course.
    It is highly recommended that Statistics be taken within the last five years and Research Methods be taken within the last eight years to ensure currency. Please check with the Graduate Program Student Advisor to determine whether the courses your have completed meet this requirement.

Applications are accepted from students currently enrolled in these two prerequisite courses, but the courses must be completed by the end of April and grades submitted no later than May 15.

  • A minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) in the last 60 credit hours of university study.
    The Graduate Studies Committee in the College of Nursing reviews all applications, but final approval rests with the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Program admission is on a competitive basis and submission of the above requirements in no way guarantees program acceptance.

Non-academic admission requirements

Successful applicants must meet the College of Nursing’s non-academic requirements, which include immunizations, Criminal Records Search Certificate (including vulnerable sector search), Child Abuse Registry check, Adult Abuse Registry check and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.

The non-academic admission requirements are as important as the academic requirements because your offer of admission to the College is provisional until you have submitted the non-academic admission requirements.

You must submit all documents to the College of Nursing by July 15.

How to apply

The Master of Nursing program accepts applications for the Fall Term.

The application includes several parts:

Full list of requirements

  • $100 application fee
  • Official transcripts of all academic records from courses taken at all degree-granting institutions. You do not need to provide an official transcript from the University of Manitoba. Contact the Graduate Program Student Advisor in Nursing for clarification.
  • Three letters of reference indicating the applicant’s academic and/or professional qualifications, and the ability to succeed and thrive in the program to which the person has applied.
    Referees will be asked to describe the applicant’s teaching ability (if applicable), ability to carry out advanced study and research, promise for a successful career in the field, clinical expertise (if applicable), self-directedness and any weaknesses (e.g., inability to maintain sustained effort). The referee is asked to give an assessment of the applicant’s ability in English if English is not the applicant’s first language. The referee’s basis of the general assessment is required.
  • Proof of active practicing nurse registration or active practicing psychiatric nursing registration in Canada. Applicants from other countries may apply, provided they have active practicing nurse status in their home country.
  • A resume/curriculum vitae that includes the following:
    • past educational preparation
    • employment experience, indicating level of responsibility
    • community service including involvement in professional associations
    • awards and honours
    • research projects
    • publications
    • continuing education
    • innovation in clinical practice
    • any other supporting information
  • Statement of intent (maximum 500 words) that indicates your selected stream, including:
    • why you are interested in the selected stream
    • how the selected focus fits with the potential advisor’s work
    • potential research question(s) within the stream
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if required.

Application deadlines

Canadian and US applicants
Term Application deadline Apply
Fall 2022 March 1, 2022 Apply
International applicants
Term Application deadline Apply
Fall 2022 November 1, 2021 Apply

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
89 Curry Place
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-7452
Toll Free: 1-800-432-1960 ext 7452 (North America)
Fax: 204-474-7682