• Degrees Offered: MN, MN.ANP
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Study Options: Thesis, Project, Nurse Practitioner
  • Length: Two years full-time, Four years part-time
  • Entry Terms: Fall

The goal of the MN program at the University of New Brunswick is to prepare nurses for advanced professional roles through course work, as well as meaningful engagement with partners/stakeholders.

The MN program is designed to equip students with an integrative knowledge of nursing leadership, research, theory, and practice. Students are encouraged to design, with an academic advisor, a program of study that will enable them to assume advanced professional roles in their area of specific interest.

While in the program, students will have opportunities to develop leadership capacity by exploring issues and challenges within health and health care. Recent MN graduates have gone on to complete doctoral programs or to assume leadership positions within the healthcare sector, government, and non-governmental organizations. Graduates of the nurse practitioner stream are working in a variety of primary healthcare centres across the province and Canada.

Opportunities for teaching and research assistantships are available for full-time students located in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton. Students enrolled in the thesis stream have been successful in securing funding to support their studies from external funding agencies such as the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, Canadian Nurses Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Research areas

  • Chronic Illness
  • Health in LGBT Communities
  • Communicable Diseases (HIV)
  • Violence and healthy living in the aftermath of abuse
  • Parenting and children’s health
  • Aboriginal health and wellness
  • Living with eating disorders
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Healthy Aging

Current faculty research

Understanding the Impact of Violence on Health – The focus of Dr. Kelly Scott-Storey’s and Dr. Sue O’Donnell’s research is to investigate the effect of violence on health and to develop strategies to lessen its impact

Stories of Those Affected by Cancer – According to Dr. Krista Wilkins, cancer is always personal. Each person finds their way through cancer; a way that shapes how they experience and respond to it.

Helping Those Living with an Eating DisorderDr. Kate Weaver has explored the experiences of women recovering from anorexia nervosa as well as the concept of ethical sensitivity in professional practice. She has established a program of peer education and support, “It’s Not about Food”, which enables university students to confront the mystery and consequences of eating disorders.

Healthy AgingDr. Donna Bulman’s evolving program of research focuses on healthy aging. Currently, she is partnering with the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick and the Atlantic Institute on Aging.

Innovations in Nursing Education – Dr. Kathy Wilson is continuously looking for ways to engage students in developing technologies and strategies that support learning in the classroom and beyond.  

Alternative Approaches to Healthcare – In her research, Dr. Catherine Aquino-Russell examines the use of non-traditional approaches (such as, transcendental meditation® ) in improving the health and wellbeing of nursing students as well as those living with Type 2 diabetes in First Nations communities.

Effect of Changing Patterns in HealthcareDr. Marilyn Hodgins’ interest is in the changes occurring in the delivery and use of healthcare services, and their effect on health outcomes.

Application requirements

  1. Normally, a BN or BScN with courses in undergraduate statistics and nursing research. A grade of at least a B is generally required for these courses.
  2. Normally, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 or B+ level.
  3. Registration or eligibility for registration as a registered nurse in the province of New Brunswick (Nurses Association of New Brunswick). Must be registered by September of year the student begins.
  4. International applicants should consult the Registered Nurses Association of New Brunswick information on Internationally Educated Applicants
  5. Three references – one referee should be able to describe the applicant as a learner or provide an academic reference.
  6. A written statement of the applicant’s professional interests and career goals. Applicants should indicate any ongoing competing demands on their time and the modifications they propose to make to integrate the extensive time commitment needed to complete program requirements (course work, practica, and thesis research/project).
  7. A completed application form

Contact us

For more information, please contact Dr. Loretta Secco, Director of Graduate Studies, or Francis Perry, Graduate Programs Assistant.

Office: MacLaggan Hall, Rm. 115E

Phone: 1-506-451-6844

Related: Faculty of Nursing

Nursing Information Sheet