Master of Science (MScN)

MSCN

Western's Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) program is the longest standing graduate nursing program in Canada and provides the basis for leadership in professional nursing and the foundation for doctoral studies.

This flexible program also provides opportunities for internship as well as the option to fast-track into the PhD Program after the first year of full-time study. This thesis-based program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study or three to four years of part-time study. Please note that applicants to the MScN program are encouraged to contact individual faculty members to discuss their research interests and potential research projects.

The MScN program is ideal for students with a strong interest in research, and also students who may be considering the possibility of advancing their knowledge and research through the pursue of a doctoral degree. Individuals with a passion for scientific inquiry that aligns with the research strengths of the school are potential candidates of this program. Graduates of the MScN program are equipped to engage in opportunities, including:

  • Leadership roles in healthcare organizations (e.g., coordinator, manager, and director)
  • Faculty/education roles in college and university
  • Doctoral studies
  • Policy developments

The MScN program offers baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses who are seeking a graduate degree the opportunity to advance their education, research, and scholarship. This program is offered on both a full- and part-time basis, with preference given to applicants desiring to study on a full-time basis. This program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study or three to four years of part-time study.

Research Programs and Fields of Study

Students in the MScN program are admitted to one of the three unique fields of study but are encouraged to take courses from other nursing fields and disciplines to broaden their knowledge base.

  • Leadership in Nursing Education
  • Nursing Leadership in Health Promotion and Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Leadership in Health Services Delivery

Program Objectives

The goals of the program are to facilitate leadership in the:

  • Development of in-depth understanding of a selected aspect of nursing science
  • Analysis and integration of theory and research from nursing and related disciplines as a basis for enhancing understanding of significant issues
  • Valuing of differing approaches to knowledge development in the nursing discipline
  • Engagement in research inquiry that is significant to the nursing discipline
  • Upholding of principles of ethical inquiry in advancing knowledge in the discipline of nursing
  • Evolution of health care and health policy through the use of research findings and the development of collaborative partnerships

The deadline to apply for the MScN program is February 1. All application documents (i.e., transcripts, letters of reference, and supplemental materials) must be received by the deadline. Review of complete application files begins after February 1 and continues until spaces in each program are filled. Late applications will only be reviewed 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.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in nursing (e.g., BScN, BSN, BN). Internationally educated nurses may be asked to submit a World Evaluation Services (WES) report to confirm degree equivalence to those accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN)
  • GPA of 78% (B+) or higher. Admission averages are based on the last two years of full-time study or the last 10 part-time credits
  • Undergraduate preparation in research and statistics
  • Canadian applicants must be registered with their provincial nursing regulatory body as a Registered Nurse (RN) with no practice restrictions
  • International applicants must:
  • International students enrolled in the MScN program are not required to hold registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), provided they are currently qualified to practice nursing in their home country. Prospective students must provide this information when applying to the program. Students who do not hold a CNO license will not be permitted to enroll in courses that include a clinical practice component or supervise undergraduate students in clinical practice.

Application Requirements

  • Two academic references
    • Referees are contacted after their names are submitted in the online application
  • Transcripts of all postsecondary coursework (including bachelor’s degree in nursing)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Personal essay
    • The applicant should explain their reasoning for pursuing this program of study
    • Maximum length: Four double-spaced pages
  • Supplemental Application Form (PDF)

Review of Applications and Offers of Admission

The Graduate Program Admissions Committee reviews all applications meeting the minimum academic average of 78% (B+) and determines whether to offer admission based on a number of factors, including:

  • Past academic achievement
  • Quality of referee assessments
  • Clarity and fit of the applicant’s written goals with the program goals
  • Alignment of the applicant's research interests with the School's areas of strength
  • Evidence of engagement in professional activities
  • Evidence of leadership
  • Quality of oral and/or written communication

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

This program is offered on both a full- and part-time basis, with preference given to applicants desiring to study on a full-time basis. This program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study.

For more detailed information about graduate courses offerings in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, visit the Course Offerings page.

Full-Time Study

Fall Term:

  • N9611: Statistical Analysis & Application
  • N9661: Foundations of Nursing Science
  • Field Course

Winter Term:

  • N9662: Post-positivist Research Methods
  • N9663: Interpretive & Critical Research Methodologies
  • Elective

Summer Term:

  • Elective
  • Begin thesis work

Fall Term:

  • Elective
  • Continue thesis work

Winter Term:

  • Continue thesis work

Summer Term:

  • Continue thesis work

Part-Time Study

Fall Term:

  • N9661: Foundations of Nursing Science

Winter Term:

  • N9663: Interpretive & Critical Research Methodologies

Summer Term:

  • Elective

Fall Term:

  • N9611: Statistical Analysis & Application

Winter Term:

  • N9662: Post-positivist Research Methods

Summer Term:

  • Elective
  • Begin thesis work

Fall Term:

  • Field Course
  • Continue thesis work

Winter Term:

  • Elective
  • Continue thesis work