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Master of Nursing (MN)

Going further

Dalhousie’s Master of Nursing (MN) degree program offers graduate students the opportunity to further develop their skills and knowledge, while tailoring their academic experience according to career goals.

Students complete required and elective classes focused on practice-related theory and research. Students will attend seminars and discussions, prepare academic papers and gain hands-on experience with clinical practicums.

Practicums include one of the following foci:

  • Community/public health nursing approaches to population health
  • The nursing care of individuals and families in different settings
  • Adult health
  • Mental health and
  • Maternal health

Students work with their academic advisor to focus on one of three program options: thesis, health policy practicum or nurse practioner.


This option is intended for students seeking to conduct independent and/or collaborative research. Students plan and implement a study addressing a research question relevant to the discipline of nursing.

Health policy practicum

This option is intended for students seeking to develop abilities in policy development, implementation or evaluation. The practicum focuses on a specific policy relevant to the student's field of practice.

Nurse practitioner

This option is intended for students seeking the in-depth clinical preparation required for licensure as a Nurse Practitioner. A limited number of seats are available.

Our philosophy

Graduate studies at Dalhousie’s School of Nursing are guided by a philosophy of primary health care that recognizes the unique strengths of individuals, families and communities.

We stress the five principles defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the 1978 Alma Ata International Conference on Primary Health Care and reaffirmed in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion in 1986.

Those principles are:

  • Accessibility of health care for all people regardless of their geographic location, income, culture, race, etc.
  • Health promotion, injury/illness prevention focus as opposed to illness treatment and curative care focus
  • Participation of individuals, families, groups and communities in decisions that affect their health. Such partnerships are grounded in community development, empowerment, client education and informed decision-making, and the belief that informed people and communities make decisions in their own best interest.
  • Intersectoral collaboration, which acknowledges that health is determined by social, economic and physical environment factors
  • Appropriate technology, which is affordable and accessible to people and communities.