Additional requirements

Master of Nursing 
 

Note: Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee entry into our programs.

All applicants must:

  • Be licensed to practice as a registered nurse (active practitioner) in a province in Canada or in a foreign country
  • Applicants for the Nurse Practitioner option must be licensed to practice as a registered nurse in a Canadian jurisdiction when the application is submitted.
  • Have a four-year Bachelor's degree with a minimum "B+" standing (3.3 grade point average)
  • Have completed undergraduate level classes in research and statistics completed within 10 years of admission.
  • Have electronic access to faculty and library resources
  • Supply three letters of reference (one from a current employer; two from former faculty)
  • Supply a resume and statement of career goals (see Supplemental Application Form [PDF - 18 kB])
  • Supply two sets of official transcripts. This includes transcripts of all post-secondary course work.
  • Have an interview with the Assistant Director, Graduate Programs
  • Applicants for the Professional Stream are not required to have nursing experience prior to application. Applicants for the Nurse Practitioner option must have completed a minimum of the equivalent of two years full-time clinical practice at the time of application..
     
    The deadline for receipt of completed applications for September admission is February 1st.
     
    The application form and information for referees can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. From this site, you will be able to download a hard copy letter of reference for your employer.
     
    Proof of licensure as a registered practitioner, resume, and the supplemental application form may be returned electronically or by hard copy to the Graduate Programs Secretary:

    School of Nursing
    Dalhousie University
    PO Box 15000
    Halifax, NS
    B3H 4R2

Master of Science in Nursing
 

Note: Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee entry into our programs.

All applicants must:

  • Be licensed to practice as a registered nurse (active practitioner) in a province in Canada or in a foreign country
  • Applicants for the Nurse Practitioner option must be licensed to practice as a registered nurse in a Canadian jurisdiction when the application is submitted.
  • Have a four-year Bachelor's degree with a minimum "A-" standing (3.7 grade point average)
  • Have completed undergraduate level classes in research and statistics completed within 10 years of admission
  • Have electronic access to faculty and library resources
  • Supply three letters of reference (one from a current employer; two from former faculty)
  • Supply a resume and statement of career goals (see Supplemental Application Form [PDF - 129 kB])
  • Supply two sets of official transcripts. This includes transcripts of all post-secondary course work.
  • Have an interview with the Associate or Assistant Director of Graduate Programs
  • Applicants are not required to have nursing experience prior to application. Applicants for the Nurse Practitioner option must have completed a minimum of the equivalent of two years full-time clinical practice at the time of application.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications for September admission is February 1st.

The application form and information for referees can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. From this site, you will be able to download a hard copy letter of reference for your employer.

Proof of licensure as a registered practitioner, resume, and the supplemental application form may be returned electronically or by hard copy to the Graduate Programs Secretary:

School of Nursing
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2

Distance education

The School of Nursing recognizes that distance education is the preferred mode of program delivery for many.  In the Master of Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs, audio-teleconference is currently the preferred method of delivery and increasingly Internet technologies are being incorporated. Distance students are required to pay a fee of $102 above the regular tuition fees for each course taken.

Distance education is not available online, nor is it available to PhD students.

PhD (Nursing)

All candidates must:

  • Meet the general regulations of admission of the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Hold a first-class master's degree in nursing or a relevant discipline, or its equivalent, from a recognized university*
  • Be licensed to practice as a registered nurse (active practitioner) in a Canadian province or a foreign country
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.7 in their previous graduate degree

* The identification of first-class research or non-thesis master's degree is based on grades in class work and evidence of a well-written, high-quality thesis or evidence of research work as demonstrated by a major research paper. Other indicators include publications in refereed journals, presentations at scholarly conferences and grant applications.

Application process

All PhD applicants must apply online.

In addition, applicants must provide the following documentation directly to the School of Nursing, Graduate Program Office:

  • A study plan (4-5 pages) outlining the applicant's area of research interest, how this interest fits with the School of Nursing research foci, a statement of the preliminary plans for thesis research, goals in undertaking doctorate work, initial intentions regarding course work and future career plans
  • Three examples of the applicants written scholarly work, such as publications, research reports or grant proposals
    • Required:
    • One First-authored peer-reviewed manuscript under review or published in a recognized journal
    • Two other required works, for example:
    • One Co-authored peer-reviewed manuscript under review or published in a recognized journal
    • Evidence of grantsmanship e.g., submitted scholarship application (provincial, health research funding organization)
    • Accepted peer-reviewed poster abstract
    • Research report (to health care organization, NGO, government)
    • Evidence of knowledge translation, e.g., clinical workshops
  • Funding information
    •  A copy of the applicant’s completed and submitted Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Graduate Scholarship application (https://www.dal.ca/faculty/gradstudies/funding/scholarships/nsgrad.html) (scholarship application deadline is December 1st)  OR
    • Letter of sponsorship from the international applicant’s agency/government   AND
    • Other funding already applied for/ potential sources of funding (e.g., Tri-Council, Killam Pre-Doctoral).
  • Curriculum Vitae. This document should be formatted to include post-secondary education, certification, registration, awards and honours, professional employment, committees, presentations and publications, professional affiliations and activities (specify role) and relevant volunteer activities (specify role)
  • Two sets of official transcripts. This includes transcripts of all post-secondary course work.
  • Three letters of reference. Academic references from two professors familiar with the candidate's earlier graduate work (or, where appropriate, one letter must be from a thesis supervisor). One reference must be from an employer. 
  • Copy of current active nursing College or Association membership

International applicants whose primary language is not English must also provide official English proficiency test score results directly to the School of Nursing. Minimum scores for English proficiency are:

  • IELTS - 7
  • MELAB - 85
  • TOEFL - 600 (written); 237 (computer). Applicants taking the non-computer TOEFL test should also take the TWE component
  • CanTest - 4.5 overall, with no band score lower than 4.0
  • CAEL - 60 overall, with no band score lower than 50
  • PTEA - 65 overall, with no band score lower than 54

A personal interview with the Associate Director, Graduate Studies is required for all PhD applicants.