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Master of Health Leadership and Policy in Clinical Education

This program is pending final approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.

The Master of Health Leadership and Policy in Clinical Education (MHLP in CE) is a program within the Faculty of Applied Science.

This program is designed to prepare professionals to lead, design, and deliver comprehensive clinical education programs in a range of community and institutional settings in both the public and private sectors. The goal of the program is to provide learning experiences that enable graduates to complement their clinical expertise with both substantive knowledge related to clinical education and knowledge of business operations.

This is a 12-month, full-time program for professionals who have relevant industry experience and are wanting to accelerate their career.

The Faculty of Applied Science administers the Master of Health Leadership and Policy program. Please visit the MHLP website for further information and contact details.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate credential in healthcare or related field (Nursing, Dietetics, Medicine)
  • Have a minimum of three years of relevant experience and demonstrate, through references and work experience, that they are proficient and have been identified as having leadership potential in clinical practice.

The minimum admission requirement for students with degrees from recognized institutions within Canada or the United States of America is an average of 76% (UBC-equivalency), calculated from senior-level coursework. An applicant with an average slightly less than 76% may be admitted if they have achieved 80% or higher in at least 12 credits (UBC-equivalency) of senior-level coursework in the prospective area of study.

The minimum admission requirement for applicants with degrees from outside Canada and the United States of America is an overall degree average of 76% (UBC-equivalency).

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of English language proficiency prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for the MHLP in CE are:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum score of 550 (paper version); 213 (computer version); 80 (Internet version, effective September 2005)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component score less than 6.0
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): minimum overall score of 81
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): minimum overall score of 59
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program): minimum scores; 4L/4L/4L
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): minimum overall score of 60

Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Applicants who do not meet both the academic and English language proficiency requirements stated above, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in the graduate program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Program Director and the approval of the Dean of Applied Science.

Lists of the required application documents are available on the program website. The Professional Masters office is responsible for collection and assessment of application documents.

Transfer Credit

1. Graduate students who have earned credits outside their current master's program (e.g., from a different university, in a different UBC master's program, as an undergraduate, or as an unclassified student) may transfer up to 12 credits or up to 40% of the total number of credits needed for completion of their current program (whichever is more), provided that:

  • the courses were not used to satisfy the requirements of another credential;
  • the courses were not used as a basis for admission to the graduate degree program;
  • at least a B standing (UBC 74%) was obtained in courses considered for transfer;
  • the courses considered for transfer credit have been taken within five years of commencement of the current degree program.

2. No more than 6 credits of transfer credit may be at the undergraduate level (300-/400-level).

3. The 12-credit (40%) restriction applies to students in UBC-approved Exchange Agreements established by the UBC Go Global Office.

4. Requests for transfer credit must be accompanied by a letter from the home graduate program addressed to the Dean of Applied Science. The letter must provide an academic justification for allowing the transfer credit on a course by course basis.

Courses taken as a UBC Access Studies (or non-degree) student may be approved for transfer toward a graduate program (in accordance with transfer credit regulations specified above) with the permission of the graduate program and the Dean of Applied Science.

Program Requirements

Degree requires completion of 30 credits. This includes 18 credits of Pillar (Nursing discipline) courses and 10.5 credits of specified courses and 1.5 credits of approved elective courses delivered in partnership with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration (also known as the Sauder School of Business). The Pillar contains the relevant technical material. Platform refers to foundational coursework focused on the professional skills required for an experienced graduate to be an effective professional leader. These courses are common across many of the Applied Science Professional Master's programs. Each student's coursework must be approved by the MHLP in CE Graduate Program Office.

Course Requirements for MHLP in CE:

  • NURS 531 (3) Theoretical Foundations of Clinical Education
  • NURS 504 (3) Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • NURS 541 (3) Clinical Nursing Education
  • NURS 560 (3) The Politics of Health Policy
  • NURS 577 (3) Graduate Practicum in Nursing
  • NURS 586 (3) Specialized Domains of Nursing Practice
  • APPP 501 (1.5) Project Management and Leadership
  • APPP 502 (1.5) Sustainability and Leadership
  • APPP 503 (1.5) Organizational Leadership
  • APPP 504 (3) Business Acumen for Technical Leaders
  • APPP 505 (3) Analytics & Interpretation for Applied Sciences
  • Sauder Elective (1.5) Approved by the Program Office

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance based on academic merit and financial need may be available.

Students should consult the program website for more information.

Contact Information

Graduate Admissions
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