Graduate Studies | Programs | Nursing | UNB


  • Degrees Offered: MN, MN.ANP
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Study Options: Thesis, Report/Project, Nurse Practitioner
  • Length: Two years full-time, 4 years part-time (thesis only) 
  • 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
  • Analysis of administrative data to examine attainment of quality indicators for the management of patients with hip fractures in the emergency department
  • Health in LGBT communities
  • Communicable diseases (HIV)
  • Community health workers experiences working with people who use drugs
  • Violence and healthy living in the aftermath of abuse
  • Patient-centred, upstream interventions to improve COPD care
  • Indigenous health and wellness
  • Living with eating disorders
  • Mobile senior's wellness network: Reaching rural New Brunswickers
  • Healthy Aging
  • Refugee well-being
  • The housing needs of older lesbians in the Maritimes 

Current faculty research

Violence, Gender, and Health – The focus of Dr. Kelly Scott-Storey’s and Dr. Sue O’Donnell’s research is to understand the intersection of gender and violence and its impact on health: investigating the effects of violence, measurement development, and intervention testing. 

Working in Communities with Vulnerable Populations -Dr. Tracey Rickards, a CIHR funded Embedded Clinician Researcher engages in community action research focused on improving outcomes for the many vulnerable populations living in our communities. 

Promoting Indigenous Wellbeing – Dr. Jason Hickey works closely with Indigenous community leaders, primarily in urban settings, throughout Atlantic Canada. His program of research focuses on building Indigenous health research capacity and using research as a tool to strengthen community-driven programs that support Indigenous wellbeing. 

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.

Care TransitionsDr. Marilyn Hodgins’ Longitudinal investigation of the patterns of patient coping during the transition from hospital to home.

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. All applicants to the Thesis or Report-Project streams, as well as Nurse Practitioner students, who plan on working with patients as a student, or practicing as a nurse while in New Brunswick, must meet the criteria to become a registered nurse in the province of New Brunswick, and must be registered by September of the year the student begins the program.
  4. Students in the Thesis or Report-Project streams, only, who will not be practicing as a nurse in New Brunswick during their studies, can be accepted into the MN Thesis or Report-Project stream or to take a specific course(s).
  5. International applicants should consult the Registered Nurses Association of New Brunswick information on Internationally Educated Applicants
  6. Three references – one referee should be able to describe the applicant as a learner or provide an academic reference. The second one should be from a clinical reference.
  7. 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).
  8. A completed application form

Contact us

For more information, please contact Dr. Sue O'Donnell, Director of Graduate Studies, or the Program Assistant Tricia Canning.

Office: MacLaggan Hall, Rm. 121

Phone: 1-506-451-6844

Related: Faculty of Nursing

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