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Master of Nursing admission requirements

Applicants must meet admission requirements set out by the School of Graduate Studies and by the Faculty of Nursing.

Admission is granted on a competitive basis and enrolment is limited.

Common requirements for both streams

  • BN or BScN with courses in undergraduate statistics and nursing research
  • CGPA of a least 3.3 or B+
  • Registration or eligibility for registration as a nurse in the province of N.B. (international students must have this in place before applying)
  • Three references (one reference* should be an academic reference describing the applicant as a learner)

*The academic reference must be written by a professor/instructor who taught the student in the classroom during their BN — not in a “practice” related course.

Clinical practice requirement

Students may apply to the thesis/report stream in the year they graduate from the BN/BNASP program, provided they intend to study full-time on the Fredericton campus.

Students seeking admission for part-time study in the thesis/report stream are required to have a minimum of one full year of clinical practice before being considered for admission.

Students applying to the nurse practitioner stream require two full years of clinical practice prior to admission.

Registration to practice as registered nurse

Applicants must be registered as a Registered Nurse in the province of New Brunswick, or eligible for registration. 

Internationally educated nurses are directed to the Nurses Association of New Brunswick for more information on how to register to practice as a Registered Nurse.

English proficiency requirements

The MN program includes clinical practice and therefore effective communication in English is essential. The minimum TOEFL score is 600 for the paper-based testing or 253 for computer-based testing.

The Graduate Academic Unit has the discretion to require an assessment through the UNB English Language Programme either prior to admission or following admission to the program, if language skills are problematic in the clinical or classroom areas. 

If an assessment is required, the director of graduate studies will communicate to the student in writing and monitor the assessment process for satisfactory language acquisiton for practice. The cost of an assessment is the responsibility of the student. 

Applying to the thesis/report stream

Written statement of the applicant's professional interests, research interests and career goals

Indicate any ongoing competing demands on your time and/or modifications you propose to make your life integrate with the extensive time commitment required to complete graduate course work and subsequent research for a thesis or report.

Full-time study

Students may apply the year they graduate from the BN program, provided they intend to study full-time on the Fredericton campus.

Part-time study

Students seeking admission for part-time study are required to have a minimum of one full year of clinical practice before being considered for admission.

Applying to the nurse practitioner stream

Written statement of the applicant’s professional interest and suitability for the autonomous role of the nurse practitioner

Indicate any ongoing competing demands on your time and/or modifications you propose to make your life integrate with the extensive time commitment required to complete graduate course work and concurrent clinical practicum.

Next steps

Begin your master's program at UNB