Masters Program: General information and application process

nursing students

The Master of Nursing Program at the University of Manitoba prepares nurses for advanced roles in nursing practice, administration, education, and research. The program builds on experiential knowledge and fosters critical inquiry, within a flexible and accessible learning environment. Our graduates are grounded in the core knowledge of the discipline, as well as substantive knowledge in a chosen domain of nursing. We strive to prepare graduates who will promote evidence-informed practice, influence the delivery of care, and advance and disseminate nursing knowledge.

There are four streams in the MN program: Administration, Clinical, Education, and Nurse Practitioner. Emphasis is placed on developing ability to "analyze, critique, and use research and theory to further nursing practice" (CASN, 2006, p. 1). The MN program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership roles in practice, education, and administration, and prepare graduates who are pursuing doctoral studies.


Application Deadline: March 1 for Canadian applicants; November 1 for international applicants.

Students should refer to the University of Manitoba Graduate Calendar admission requirements and procedures at the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ website and at the College of Nursing’s website, except as outlined below. In case of an inconsistency between the material in this brochure and in the Graduate Calendar, the latter document shall prevail.

Interested students apply to the Master of Nursing Program through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Applicants can apply online or downloading the application form here.

All application materials must be received in the Faculty of Graduate Studies no later than November 1 for international students and March 1 for Canadian applicants for the year in which admission is sought. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Include the names and contact information of your three referees on the on-line application in order that the referees can be notified electronically. The referee is then sent notification that you have applied and is provided with a link to the College of Nursing's recommendation letter. References submitted electronically are automatically attached to your application.

Application materials will not be held from year to year. Students who have not been accepted in the year of application will need to re-apply and re-submit new application materials. 

General Regulations

The Master of Nursing (MN) degree is achieved on successful completion of the requirements of one of the four streams:

  • Administration
  • Clinical
  • Education
  • Nurse Practitioner

Non-Academic Admission Requirements

Successful applicants are required to submit an official Criminal Records Search, including a Vulnerable Persons Search, a Child Abuse Registry check, an Adult Abuse Registry Check, proof of WRHA PHIA, mask fit testing, a certificate to indicate successful completion of a CPR course, and required Immunizations. Please refer to the Non-Academic Admission Requirements for details. All documents are to be submitted to the College of Nursing by July 15.

Fee Structure

The fee structure for the graduate program in nursing is different than for undergraduate programs at the University of Manitoba. Information on graduate program fees can be found here.

Program Delivery

All courses in the Master in Nursing program are offered in class and by blended delivery, a combination of classroom and online learning.


All course work and thesis or comprehensive examinations must be completed within the time limit of the program. The candidate will be recommended for the Master’s Degree in Nursing upon successful defence of the thesis defense or comprehensive examinations.

Financial Assistance

Information regarding financial assistance for graduate students is available on request from the Graduate Program Office, the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research, and the Faculty of Graduate Studies - click to view their website. Graduate students may also qualify for awards offered by the College of Nursing.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Research Assistantship positions are available to graduate students. Some of these positions are advertised at:

The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship, valued at $12,000, may be awarded to full-time students who have demonstrated academic excellence.

Graduate Student Facilities

Graduate student facilities such as space and other support resources within the University are provided, and include: study carrels, library resources, audio/visual resources, and computer resources.

Active student associations at the University and include the Graduate Students’ Association and the Graduate Nursing Students’ Association.

The Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research (MCNHR) is located within the College of Nursing and provides assistance to graduate nursing students with their research and statistical analysis.