International Applicants: Application Processs


General information

The deadline for completed applications to all Graduate Nursing Programs by applicants educated outside of Canada and the United States is November 1 each year. All internationally educated applicants must apply by this deadline as the process to determine eligibility and course equivalency from international institutions may take several months. All applicants will be considered for admission by a selection process that occurs following the final application deadline (i.e. February 1 for PhD Program; March 1 for MN Program).

NOTE: We highly recommend that you begin your application process several months before the deadline in order that all documents, including transcripts, references, English language score, are submitted by the November 1 deadline date.

General application process

The application process consists of several general steps, listed below. Links to information and the application form are provided below. Refer to the subsequent specific program sections (i.e., MN vs PhD) for additional instructions for internationally educated applicants. Applicants must:

  1. Meet the general admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), including the requirements for international applicants for the specific program (i.e., PhD or MN) to which you are applying.
  2. Refer to the policy regarding Active Practice Nurse Registration. Obtain Registered Nurse (RN) licensure with the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba if required. (Note: see specific program information re registration requirements)
  3. Complete the on-line application, pay application fee, and submit all required application materials well before November 1st in order to ensure that your references are received by the November 1st deadline.
  4. Specify in your application the focused area/stream of nursing and the potential research topic/question that you wish to study.
  5. Await notification from College of Nursing regarding your eligibility for admission prior to contacting advisors.
  6. Receive a referral to potential academic advisors, if applicable, from the College of Nursing.
  7. Contact potential academic advisor[s]; be prepared to discuss your area of research interest /potential research question and methodology with the academic staff to whom you have been referred.
  8. Complete the section of the Statement of Intent once you have confirmed an academic advisor.
  9. Refer to the admission requirements for the specific program to which you are applying for further details [see below]. 

Application form

The online application is available by mid-July on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

Documents and unofficial transcripts can be submitted online; Original transcripts must be sent directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Applicants must provide the contact information for their referees in the on-line application. The referees are sent two reference forms electronically, and are requested to return the completed reference by email. Requirements for the references include completion of: 1) a checklist form and 2) a letter of reference, addressing specific information.

Please share the following reference information requirements with your referees so that they are aware of the information that they will be expected to provide about you in their reference:

  • academic and/or professional qualifications;
  • ability to succeed and thrive in the program to which the person has applied;
  • 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;
  • any weaknesses (e.g.: inability to maintain sustained effort);
  • ability to communicate in English verbally and in writing, as well as comprehension, if English is not the applicant’s first language.

The referee is also required to include the basis of the general assessment (e.g., as your employer; your instructor, etc.)


Once your completed application is received, the College of Nursing reviews your application to determine if you meet the basic admission requirements. Your adjusted grade point average (AGPA) is calculated to determine if it meets the minimum AGPA requirement of 3.0 by University of Manitoba standards. The universities you have attended and degrees you have achieved are checked to determine if they are recognized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. If you meet these and all of the other requirements (i.e., the English Language Test score - see Faculty of Graduate Studies English Language requirements; 3 credit hours each of Statistics and Research Methods with a minimum grade of C+ by University of Manitoba standards; and other requirements), you will be informed by the College of Nursing by email that you meet/do not meet the preliminary admission requirements.

Checking your application

It is recommended that you check your application status regularly in the Apply Yourself (AY) application program. You will be able to see if any documents, such as transcripts or references, are missing and can follow up as necessary.

Applicant selection process

The selection process may take approximately 6-8 weeks following the general application deadline (i.e., March 1 for the MN Program; February 1 for the PhD Program). Your application will be reviewed by the selection committee after the deadline to determine if you will be interviewed and/or recommended for admission. If an interview is required, you will be contacted to schedule a time for the interview. If your application is successful, you will be recommended to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for admission. This recommendation must then be considered and approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies before you are offered admission.

You will be informed by email if your application is accepted or rejected. If accepted, you must respond by indicating that you accept the offer of admission.  At this time, you will also be required to declare if you will be attending as a full-time or part-time student.

You can also check the status of your application at any time in AY, the Apply Yourself application system.