Admissions requirements

Student researching in computer lab in MacLaggan Hall

The Master of Nursing program has two stream options:

  • Thesis/Report or Project
  • Nurse Practitioner

Each stream has common admission requirements as well as specific requirements. 

Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements  set out by the School of Graduate Studies and those required by nursing.

All admissions are on a competitive basis and enrolment is limited. Satisfying minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Common requirements for all stream:

  • Normally, a BN or BScN with courses in undergraduate statistics and nursing research. Normally, a B in these courses will be considered acceptable
  • Normally, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 or B+ level
  • Registration or eligibility for registration as a nurse in the province of New Brunswick. (International Students must have this in place before applying)
  • Three references - one referee should be able to provide an academic reference* that describes the applicant as a learner.  (Please note, references are part of the Graduate School's application and the form can be found on their website)

* "academic" reference is a reference written by a professor/instructor who has taught the student in the classroom course in the BN degree, not in a "practice" related course.

Thesis/report stream

  • A written statement of the applicant's professional interests, research interests and career goals. Applicants should indicate any ongoing competing demands on their time and the modifications they propose to make to their life to integrate the extensive time commitment required to complete graduate course work and subsequent research for a thesis, report or project.
  • Full-time study: students may apply the year of their graduation from the BN program provided they intend to study full-time on the Fredericton campus.
  • Part-time study: students who are seeking admission to part-time study are required to have a minimum of one (1) full year of clinical practice before being considered for admission..

Nurse practitioner stream

  • A written statement of the applicant's professional interest and suitability for the autonomous role of the Nurse Practitioner. Applicants should indicate any ongoing competing demands on their time and the modifications they propose to make to their life to integrate the extensive time commitment required to complete graduate course work and concurrent clinical practica. 
  • Full-time study: students must have a minimum of two (2) years of nursing practice before being considered for admission.

International students: prior to applying to our graduate of nursing program, all applicants should have confirmation of registration with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick.  You are advised to seek information regarding eligibility and license for nursing practice in the Province of New Brunswick a year before you plan on applying to our program.

Nurses Association of New Brunswick
165 Regent Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 7B4

Profieciency in English

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 GAU has the discretion to require an assessment through the UNB English Language Program 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 acquisition for practice.

The cost of an assessment is the responsibility of the student.