Nursing, Master

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The Master of Nursing from Athabasca University is 33-credit degree open to nurses with an undergraduate nursing degree. Our courses will prepare you to assume a leadership position in the health system.


The Master of Nursing (MN) program contains two streams: Generalist and Nurse Practitioner.

The Generalist stream prepares nurses to assume leadership positions in the health system. The program prepares nurses to discern emerging trends, anticipate future health care directions, and provide leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating nursing practice, drawing on philosophical considerations, research methods and various tools of analysis. Students may elect to complete a teaching focus.

The Nurse Practice (NP) stream prepares nurses to assume a broader role in the provision of health services to clients of all ages, as family nurse practitioners. It provides theoretical and clinical preparation for nurses whose role will focus on advanced nursing practice. Students in the NP Stream are required to write a comprehensive examination upon completion of their NP courses. RNs seeking initial NP licensure should apply to enrol in the MN: NP stream.


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CMA Accreditation

AU received CMA accreditation for its Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting Major in February of 2011. CMA accreditation recognizes universities that achieve high standards of instruction in management accounting. Graduating from a CMA accredited degree program allows you to bypass the CMA Entrance Examination.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Orientation and Introduction to Scholarly Writing
  • Pharmacotherapeutics and Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners I
  • Pharmacotherapeutics and Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners II
  • Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Practitioners
  • Advanced Pathophysiology for Clinical Decision Making
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Prescribers
  • NP: Women and Men's Health
  • NP: Children's Health
  • NP: Adult Health
  • NP: Mental Health
  • NP: Older Adult Health
For more information please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    33 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

By the application deadline, applicants for admission to both streams in the MN program must be registered nurses who are graduates of a four year Canadian (or equivalent) baccalaureate degree program in nursing from an accredited/recognized university.

Applicants to the MN Generalist stream require a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their final 30 credits of graduate or undergraduate study.

Applicants in the MN Nurse Practitioner stream require a minimum GPA of 3.2 in their final 30 credits of graduate or undergraduate study. MN:NP applicants must have obtained recently, a minimum of 4,500 verified hours of full-time equivalent work experience as a registered nurse prior to application. Applicants without a BN or BScN are not eligible to apply to the MN:NP program.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17875 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
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  • National Applies to you

    15675 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
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  • The total tuition cost for a student living in Canada who takes all of her or his courses from Athabasca University would be $15,675 ($1,425 x 11, three-credit course equivalents). Application, admission, and AUGSA fees are not included in the above calculation.


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