Additional requirements

Master of Nursing

Candidates are accepted under the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Meeting minimal requirements does not ensure admission.

Application deadline is February 1 for September admission. All materials listed below must be received by the deadline date.

1.  All applicants must be licensed to practice as a registered nurse (active practitioner) in a province in Canada or in a foreign country. Students completing the Nurse Practitioner option must be licensed/registered in the province or territory in which they complete clinical practice as a student.

2.   Applicants for the MN program must have a 4-year bachelor's degree or equivalent with a minimum "B+" standing (3.3 grade point average). Applicants for the MScN program must have a 4-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent and normally a minimum “A-“ standing (3.7 grade point average). The School of Nursing, a unit within the Faculty of Health, recognizes that deliberate Equitable Admissions processes are required to increase the support and admission, and graduation of students who self-identify as belonging to historically underrepresented groups: persons of Aboriginal/Indigenous ancestry (especially Mi’kmaq), members of racialized groups, persons of African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), Acadians, persons with dis/Abilities, and persons belonging to minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI) groups.

3.   Undergraduate-level classes in research and statistics, completed within 5 years of beginning the program, are required.

4.    Applicants for the MN Professional stream and MScN 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 2 years full-time clinical experience at the time of application.

5.    A resume and statement of career goals are required of all applicants.

6.   THREE letters of reference are required: Two (2) letters of academic reference (e.g., former professor or a thesis supervisor); one (1) letter of professional reference e.g. current employer). For any questions regarding academic references, the applicant should contact the Graduate Programs Secretary.

7.   A personal interview with the Associate Director Graduate Studies, School of Nursing, or their designate(s) is required.

NOTE: Upon entry, each student will be assigned an advisor. MScN students will be matched with a faculty member’s research area.

8.   Official English Proficiency Test Score Results: For international applicants whose first language is not English, minimum scores for English proficiency are:

IELTS

7

Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT)

92

MELAB

85

CanTest

4.5 with no band score lower than 4.0

CAEL

70 with no band score lower than 60

Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE)

A-

Pearson English Test PTE Academic

overall score of 65 and nothing below 54

English proficiency test scores should be sent directly to the School of Nursing.

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.

Resume and supplemental application form (including statement of career goals) should be submitted electronically or by hard copy to the Graduate Programs Secretary:

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

For program information contact Graduate Nursing Programs (902-494-2397)

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

Master of Science in Nursing

All Master of Science in Nursing applicants must apply online.

Candidates are accepted under the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Meeting minimal requirements does not ensure admission.

Application deadline is February 1 for September admission. All materials listed below must be received by the deadline date.

1.      All applicants must be licensed to practice as a registered nurse (active practitioner) in a province in Canada or in a foreign country. Students completing the Nurse Practitioner option must be licensed/registered in the province or territory in which they complete clinical practice as a student.

2.   Applicants for the MN program must have a 4-year bachelor's degree or equivalent with a minimum "B+" standing (3.3 grade point average). Applicants for the MScN program must have a 4-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent and normally a minimum “A-“ standing (3.7 grade point average). The School of Nursing, a unit within the Faculty of Health, recognizes that deliberate Equitable Admissions processes are required to increase the support and admission, and graduation of students who self-identify as belonging to historically underrepresented groups: persons of Aboriginal/Indigenous ancestry (especially Mi’kmaq), members of racialized groups, persons of African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), Acadians, persons with dis/Abilities, and persons belonging to minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI) groups.

3.   Undergraduate-level classes in research and statistics, completed within 5 years of beginning the program, are required.

4.    Applicants for the MN Professional stream and MScN 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 2 years full-time clinical experience at the time of application.

5.    A resume and statement of career goals are required of all applicants.

6.   THREE letters of reference are required: Two (2) letters of academic reference (e.g., former professor or a thesis supervisor); one (1) letter of professional reference e.g. current employer). For any questions regarding academic references, the applicant should contact the Graduate Programs Secretary.

7.   A personal interview with the Associate Director Graduate Studies, School of Nursing, or their designate(s) is required.

NOTE: Upon entry, each student will be assigned an advisor. MScN students will be matched with a faculty member’s research area.

8.   Official English Proficiency Test Score Results: For international applicants whose first language is not English, minimum scores for English proficiency are:

IELTS

7

Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT)

92

MELAB

85

CanTest

4.5 with no band score lower than 4.0

CAEL

70 with no band score lower than 60

Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE)

A-

Pearson English Test PTE Academic

overall score of 65 and nothing below 54

English proficiency test scores should be sent directly to the School of Nursing.

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.

Resume and supplemental application form (including statement of career goals) should be submitted electronically or by hard copy to the Graduate Programs Secretary:

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

For program information contact Graduate Nursing Programs (902-494-2397)

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

PhD (Nursing)

Candidates are accepted under the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Meeting minimal requirements does not ensure admission.

Application deadline is February 1 for September admission. All materials listed below must be received by the deadline date.

Applicants are encouraged to develop their application package in consultation with the supervisor with whom they will be working.

Candidates for the program must hold a first-class Master’s degree in nursing or a relevant discipline, or its equivalent, from a recognized university. The identification of a 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.

In addition to the general regulations above, candidates for admission to the PhD in Nursing must be licensed to practice as a registered nurse (active practitioner) in a province in Canada or a foreign country.

Applicants normally have a minimum GPA of 3.7 in their previous graduate degree. The School of Nursing, a unit within the Faculty of Health, recognizes that deliberate Equitable Admissions processes are required to increase the support and admission, and graduation of students who self-identify as belonging to historically underrepresented groups: persons of Aboriginal/Indigenous ancestry (especially Mi’kmaq), members of racialized groups, persons of African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), Acadians, persons with dis/Abilities, and persons belonging to minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI) groups.

The Application Process consists of two steps.

STEP ONE       

Applicants apply online:  http://dalgrad.dal.ca/prospectivestudents/admissions/.

STEP TWO      

Applicants send the documentation outlined below directly to the School of Nursing, Graduate Program Office:

1. Study Plan:

4-5 pages in length: A plan of study 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 doctoral work, initial intentions regarding course work, and future career plans.

2. Scholarly Work:

Examples of applicant’s scholarly written work:

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

3. 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).

4. Curriculum Vitae (suggested format is as follows):

  • Education (post secondary)
  • Certification (e.g., CNA certification)
  • Registration (e.g., College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia)
  • Awards and Honours (practice awards from employers, bursaries, scholarships)
  • Professional Employment
  • Committees (e.g., work-related, professional)
  • Presentations and Publications (e.g., workshops, conferences, journal references)
  • Clinical/Administrative/Practice Innovations - please provide brief description or examples
  • Professional Affiliations and Activities - please specify role
  • Relevant Volunteer Activities - please specify role

5. Thesis Supervisor Form:

Have obtained an agreement for supervision from a faculty member whose research aligns with the applicant’s interests and who has been approved to supervise PhD students.

6. Two Sets of Official Transcripts:

This includes transcripts of all post secondary course work (ie., university credits transferred into a degree).

7. Three Letters of Reference:

Academic references from two professors familiar with the candidate’s earlier graduate work. Where appropriate, one letter must be from a thesis or practicum supervisor.
One reference from an employer.

8. Official English Proficiency Test Score Results:

For international applicants whose primary language is not English, minimum scores for English proficiency are:

IELTS

7

Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT)

92

MELAB

85

CanTest

4.5 with no band score lower than 4.0

CAEL

70 with no band score lower than 60

Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE)

A-

Pearson English Test PTE Academic

overall score of 65 and nothing below 54

9. Copy of current active nursing College/Association membership in Canada or another country. (Some exceptions may be considered)

10.  A Personal Interview with the Associate Director Graduate Studies is required.