Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program allows students to choose from one of the following program streams:

MSN Program Streams

Research-Based Stream Course-Based Stream
3 Common Core Courses (9 credits) 3 Common Core Courses (9 credits)
2 Core Research Courses (6 credits) 1 Elective (3 credits)
1 Focus Course (3 credits) 4 Focus Courses (12 credits)
Thesis (12 credits) Capstone Course (6 credits)
Total: 30 credits Total: 30 credits

Master level coursework is normally taken at the 500-level. Three credits of Undergraduate level coursework (300-499) may be taken with the approval of the School of Nursing Graduate Program Coordinator.

Core Courses (Required) for both streams 9 credits:

NRSG 500 Nursing Knowledge (3)
NRSG 504 Finding and Integrating Knowledge for Evidence-Informed Practice (3)
NRSG 505 Healthcare Policy (3)

Additional Courses (Required) for Course-Based Stream 6 credits:

NRSG 597 Capstone Practicum (6)

Additional Courses (Required) for Research-Based Stream 18 credits:

Nursing 506 Qualitative Research (3)
Nursing 507 Quantitative Research (3)
Nursing 599 Research Thesis (12)

Focus Courses (12 credits required for course-based stream; 3 credits required for research-based stream):

The composition of Focus Courses is aimed at advancing appropriate knowledge and expertise in the learner’s chosen domain of practice. Students have the opportunity to choose from the following courses.
Nursing Education
NRSG 522 Introduction to Nursing Education (3)
NRSG 523 Teaching and Learning in Nursing Practice (3)
Family Nursing
NRSG 530 Families in Health and Illness (3)
NRSG 531 Advanced Family-Centred Nursing Practice (3)
Nursing Leadership and Management
NRSG 542 Introduction to Nursing Leadership and Management (3)
NRSG 543 Nursing Leadership and Management in Practice (3)

Electives (Possible substitutions for focus courses with approval of School of Nursing Graduate Program Coordinator.)

Elective Courses that are relevant to the learner’s chosen domain of practice may be used in fulfilling focus course requirements. Elective courses being substituted for focus courses require the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Nursing. Students may choose from the following Nursing (NRSG) or Health-Interprofessional (HINT) electives. Please check Course Schedule for current course offerings; courses with asterisks are regularly offered.
NRSG 512* Directed Studies in Nursing (3/6 d)1
NRSG 530 Families in Health and Illness (3)
NRSG 531 Advanced Family-Centred Nursing Practice (3)
NRSG 550 Healthcare Ethics (3)
HINT 503 Psychosocial Oncology (3)
HINT 506 Participatory Inquiry through Action Research (3)
HINT 508* Cultural Safety in Health: Indigenous Perspectives
HINT 511 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Research (3)
HINT 512 Special Topics in Interprofessional Practice (3)
HINT 521 Interprofessional Collaboration (3)
HINT 522 Leadership in Human Service Organizations (3)
HINT 523 Professional Ethics (3)
HINT 524 Interprofessional Practice Issues in Healthy Aging (3)
HINT 525 Disabilities Studies and Interprofessional Health Care (3)
HINT 526 Global Health (3)
1 Students may take a maximum of 6 credits of directed studies within the M.S.N. program.

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