• Degrees Offered: MN, MN.ANP
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Study Options: Thesis/Report, Nurse Practitioner
  • Length: Thesis/Report (2 years full-time, 4 years part-time), Nurse Practitioner (2 years full-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 supported to design a program of study that will enable them to advance nursing knowledge and practice in their area of interest. 

MN Thesis/Report graduates have gone on to assume leadership roles in healthcare, government, and non-government sectors, take-up positions in teaching, academic and research environments, and complete doctoral programs. Nurse Practitioner graduates are working in a variety of primary health care settings across New Brunswick and Canada and may also complete doctoral programs. A significant number of funding opportunities are available to students via teaching and research assistantships, scholarships, and bursaries. Students undertaking thesis research have been successful in securing funding from external funding agencies such as the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF), Canadian Nurses Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Program Delivery Format

The MN thesis/report program is offered online only and involves a blend synchronous and asynchronous learning (no in-person). The Nurse Practitioner program is offered using a mix of synchronous online and in-person learning that requires travel to the Fredericton campus for labs and clinical evaluations and to various clinical practicum sites throughout New Brunswick.

Research areas

  • Violence, gender and health
  • Equity oriented care
  • Indigenous health and wellness
  • Healthy aging
  • Care transitions
  • Interprofessional practice and integrated care
  • Violence, gender and health
  • Alternative approaches to health care
  • Maternal/child health
  • Newcomer health and well-being

Current faculty

Violence, Gender, and Health – The focus of Dr. Kelly Scott-Storey’s and Dr. Sue O’Donnell’s and Dr. Petrea Taylor'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. 

Immigrant Health PromotionDr. David Busolo’s work focuses on health promotion with emphasis on understanding the needs and priorities of immigrant and refugee families new to Canada

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. For both programs, normally, a BN or BScN with courses in undergraduate statistics and nursing research. Normally, a B in these courses will be considered acceptable.
  2. All Nurse Practitioner program applicants also require undergraduate courses in health assessment, pharmacology and pathophysiology
  3. For both programs, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 or B+ level
  4. All Nurse Practitioner program applicants must be registered to practice as an RN with NANB and have a minimum of two years of full time practice experience at the time of admission. Once admitted, students must maintain continuing practice registration with NANB.
  5. All MN Thesis/Report applicants are required to have active practicing membership, or equivalent, within their respective provincial/national nursing regulatory body
  6. For both programs, applicants must obtain three references, at least one referee should be able to comment on the applicants clinical practice and one on the applicant as a learner or provide an academic reference.
  7. All MN Thesis/Report program applicants must provide a written statement of their 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 or report.
  8. All Nurse Practitioner program applicants must provide a written statement of their 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.
  9. A completed application form

Contact us

For more information, contact Dr. Sue O'Donnell, Director of Graduate Studies, or

Office: MacLaggan Hall, Rm. 115a

Phone: 1-506-458-7650

Related: Faculty of Nursing

Nursing Information Sheet