NursingWestern Health Sciences

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The deadline for all graduate program applications is February 1. 
All application documents (transcripts, letters of reference, and supplemental materials) must be received by the deadline. Review of complete application files begins February 1 and continues until spaces in each program are filled. Late applications will be reviewed only if space remains in the program. Incomplete applications cannot be reviewed and it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application file is complete.

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NOTE: Applicants to the MScN and PhD programs are encouraged to contact individual faculty members to discuss their research interests and possible research projects. PhD students must have an agreement for supervision in place to be offered admission to the program.

Admission Requirements

Both general and program-specific requirements must be met to be considered for admission. All programs have one intake annually, beginning in September.

General Requirements (all programs)

Program Specific Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing (MScN)

Master of Nursing (MN)

  • Completion of the equivalent of two years full-time nursing clinical practice experience (3,640 hours) within the past five years (requires completion of Verification of Employment Hours form)
    Does not apply to applicants to the MN-ANP program

Doctoral Program (PhD)

  • A master’s degree (in Nursing or another field) from an accredited program
  • Graduate (master’s level) preparation in research and statistics
  • Completion of a master’s thesis/research project
    • Applicants from non-thesis master's programs will also be considered and will complete a Qualifying Research Project early in their program of study
  • Agreement for supervision from a faculty member whose research aligns with the applicant's interests and who has been approved to supervise PhD students. Faculty research and supervision.
  • PhD applicants may be require to interview with a panel of core faculty as part of the application process.

Application Requirements

The responsibility rests with the applicant to ensure that all documents are submitted by the deadline. Applications will be reviewed when they are complete. Please note, the essay requirements differ slightly depending on the program being applied to. Required application materials include:

Master of Science in Nursing (MScN)

  • Two academic references
    • Referees are contacted after their names are submitted in the online application
  • Two official transcripts of academic work (including BScN degree) and any advanced degrees obtained
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal essay
    • The applicant should explain their reasoning for pursuing this program of study.
    • Maximum four double-spaced pages
  • Supplemental Application Form (PDF)

Master of Nursing (MN)

  • Two academic references
    • One academic and one clinical reference
    • Referees are contacted after their names are submitted in the online application
  • Two official transcripts of academic work (including BScN degree) and any advanced degrees obtained
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Verification of Employment Hours (PDF)
  • Personal essay (see instructions below)
  • Supplemental Application Form

Essay Instructions

MN-PHC-NP

  • Essay scores are an important component of the application and are based on the applicant's ability to address the questions listed below in a comprehensive and personal matter. Whenever possible, examples of personal experience should be included within the responses.
  • Essays must be typed and should not exceed four pages in length (double-spaced). If the essay is longer than four pages, only the first four pages will be read.
  • Applicants should answer the following three questions in their essay and number their answers to correspond to the questions asked:
    • What is your understanding of the role of the Nurse Practitioner in Primary Health Care in Ontario?
    • What is your motivation for wanting to become a Nurse Practitioner (include motivation for choosing the NP-PHC role over NP-Adult or NP-Pediatrics).
    • What professional and person attributes do you bring to the NP-PHC role?

MN-ANP

  • The applicant should explain their reasoning for pursuing this program of study
  • Maximum four double-spaced pages

Doctoral Program (PhD)

  • Two academic references
    • Referees are contacted after their names are submitted in the online application
  • Two official transcripts of academic work (including BScN degree) and any advanced degrees obtained
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal essay
    • The applicant should explain their reasoning for pursuing this program of study
    • Maximum four double-spaced pages
  • Supplemental Application Form (PDF)

More information is available through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Application Process

Use the appropriate online application (see below) to apply to the program of your choice. The deadline to apply to all programs is February 1.

Accepting an Offer of Admission

The Graduate Program Admissions Committee reviews all applications and determines whether to offer admission based on a number of factors including:

Offers of admission are sent out as applications are considered, with the first offers made in April. Successful applicants may accept their offers of admissions online.