Why do your Master of Nursing at Dal?

Make an impact

The Master of Nursing (MN) program at Dalhousie provides graduate students with the opportunity to learn practical skills and participate in research that makes a global impact.

Graduate education in nursing embodies a search for knowledge and encourages the examination of ideas and values. We aim to develop an attitude of commitment to expanding the scope of nursing knowledge and enhancing the quality of nursing practice. We do this in an educational environment that is responsive to the profession’s needs.

Prepare for your future

Graduate education prepares students who will have an advanced level of academic and clinical preparation and who will be leaders in advancing professional practice, health related knowledge, research uptake and system change.

Whether you are considering a career in advanced practice, or nursing leadership, the academic advisors in Dalhousie's MN program can help you target your education to meet your goals.

Program options

Upon entering the program, MN students can choose from one of two program options:

  • Nurse practitioner: For students wishing to prepare for a clinical career as a licensed Nurse Practitioner
  • Professional stream: For students wishing to prepare for a leadership role

Program structure

Full-time students are expected to complete the program in two years. Part-time students are expected to complete the program in no more than five years.

Annual Progress Reports are completed by the student and Associate Director, Graduate Studies.


Scholars Seminars are held on a regular basis, and master's students are required to attend these sessions consistently. Students are also encouraged to present at the sessions and to avail themselves of other clinical/scholarly opportunities as advertised.

Course sequencing

Please review our course sequencing document [PDF - 22 Kb] for more information on the required and elective courses available to Master of Nursing students.