Master of Nursing

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Program components

Culminating activity

Registration options

Full-time and Part-time


Our Master of Nursing (MN) offers an accessible graduate degree for practitioners who want to:

  • further their career options
  • gain additional credentials and skillsets
  • pursue a career in nursing education or health care leadership
  • continue life-long learning
  • become a leaders in nursing practice, education and research

MN students complete courses and meetings with instructors, advisors and classmates online, and may complete the program full- or part-time. This program offers three pathway options: 

  • Course-based  (coursework only)
  • Project option (coursework and project)
  • Thesis option (coursework and thesis) 

Please see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue for pathway-specific admission requirements. Contact with questions about degree requirements.

Course & program info Master of Nursing FAQ

International students

This program is online delivery format, and Master of Nursing graduates are not eligible for a post-graduation work permit. International students should contact the International Centre before applying for admission to this program.

In case of discrepancies between this page and the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue, the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue shall prevail.

Admission information

Applicants will meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree, or its academic equivalent, from another recognized degree-granting institution
  • Hold a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level semester courses OR calculated on the most recent master's degree if the applicant is applying for another master's degree
  • Demonstrate the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirement for Graduate Students
  • Be a regulated member in good standing in a Canadian Jurisdiction on the Registered Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse, Graduate Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse Practitioner Register

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

Please see Supporting Documents for the Master of Nursing program below. If additional documents are required, the School of Graduate Studies will contact you.

Step 2: Submit Online Application by Deadline

Submit your complete application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date.

Step 3: Arrange for Official Documents

Official documents (e.g., transcripts, ELP test scores) are required prior to registration.

Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to uLethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at

Step 4: Admission Decision Process

The Master of Nursing Program Committee reviews the application package and unofficially informs the applicant of the committee’s decision. Official admission decisions will be sent electronically from the Admissions Office. Applicants will be notified of their official admission status from the Admissions Office by April 1. Successful applicants will be advised of registration procedures at that time.

Because the capacity of the program is limited, not all students meeting the minimum admission requirements can be admitted. The student’s academic record and letters of recommendation will be used to rank applicants for admission.

Supporting documents

Unofficial Transcripts
You will need to upload and submit your unofficial transcripts, including proof of graduation for your completed degree(s) and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, via the online application system.

Official Transcripts
You will also need to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Your official transcripts are required to be received prior to course registration.

Applicants who have attended or are currently attending institutions NOT participating in ApplyAlberta must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office. A list of participating institutions is available at

Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Registrar’s Office
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4

Your transcripts are required to display your up-to-date coursework, including grades/marks received for completed coursework.

Applicants to the Master of Nursing program are required to submit three (3) reference letters. Referees can be academic or professional.

You are:

Who is an acceptable academic referee?

A current or recent graduate of an undergraduate program

  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University

A current or recent graduate student

  • Your supervisor, or a member of your Supervisory
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University

Working and completed a degree several years ago

  • Someone with whom you have studied at the
    university level
  • An employer or another person who has served
    in a supervisory capacity who can testify to your
    ability to succeed in an academic setting

The School of Graduate Studies is not able to:

  • Accept Letters of Reference submitted via email or regular mail
  • Re-use a Letter of Reference submitted in support of a previous application  
  • Edit/change your referees or send them reminders to submit their Letter of Reference  
  • Accept Letters of reference from a friend or family member

Your CV is a comprehensive document with a formal structure and academic focus. It should include your background, work experience, awards, scholarships, publications, and other achievements. If you are a current or former University of Lethbridge student, contact Career and Employment Services for additional information on the content and structure of a CV.

Your Letter of Intent for the Master of Nursing program must contain:

  • Your goals or objectives for seeking a graduate degree in the chosen discipline

You should address your letter to the School of Graduate Studies.

Things to Note:

Your Letter of Intent is your opportunity to show us your passion for your proposed research. Explain how dedicated and invested you are to your proposed graduate program, and provide specific examples of key accomplishments. Be concise and include only important information – reviewers have many graduate applications to review; your Letter of Intent should generally be no more than one page in length, or up to 500 words.

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin. Please see the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students for detailed information.

I like that the U of L program is smaller. I have met most of the faculty and I’ve had the opportunity to work with many of them. I feel that my learning is more personalized and so more supportive of my learning goals. It has a nice balance between being an independent learner and learning within a community.

Noelle Sedgwick (RN, BN '13, MN student)

I have a deeper understanding of the nursing profession, health promotion, policy development, research, the role of nurses at a higher level in government to be agents for positive change. I have also learned a lot about myself personally, how determined and committed I am to the things I feel passionate about. I have also gained wonderful friendships through my fellow colleagues that have been a tremendous support through this journey. 

Sarah Krogman (RN, MN student)

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