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Master of Science in Nursing (MScN)

Become an expert and gain the knowledge, values, attitudes and competencies reflecting the philosophy, nature and scope of nursing in northern rural and remote areas.

Academic Advisor

School of Nursing

Telephone: 705-675-1151
Toll free: 1-800-461-4030


Office: L-511

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Delivery Method: Remote - Synchronous
Program Language: English


Visit the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions for more information

Admission criteria include:

  • must hold a Baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 75%
  • licensed as an RN or RNEC with the College of Nurses of Ontario (or equivalent)


Application Process

Step 1. Contact the Graduate Coordinator and/or individual faculty member about the possibility of becoming a student.  Students are encouraged to consult the faculty list on the Faculty Members tab in order to identify a potential supervisor for the thesis stream (i.e. a faculty member they would like to work with).  


Step 2. Click here to submit the online application. Once students have applied, they will receive instructions (typically within 48 hours) from the Office of Admissions leading them to the MyLaurentian portal. Students can access the portal at; sign-in credentials will be provided in the correspondence received from the Office of Admissions upon successful completion of an application. The following documents will be required in order to complete an application.


  • Three Reference Forms (to begin the process at click on "Reference Submission" on the left-hand navigation menu). Note that 1 of the 3 references must be an academic reference. 
  • Personal Essay (instructions found in MyLaurentian/to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume, including education, work experience, publications or awards and service to the community (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • Official Academic Transcript(s) from all post-secondary studies* (Please note that current or prior Laurentian University students do not need to request transcripts)  

*Please note that official transcripts or WES course-by-course (for institutions attended outside of North America) must come directly to the Office of Admissions from the previous post-secondary institution by requesting at the time of your application or by contacting the institution's Registrar's Office.


Step 3. Once the Admissions Office receives all information and the application is deemed complete, the application will be forwarded to the department.  An Admissions Committee meets to review the applications.


Step 4. The Admissions Committee will review all applications on file and make a decision regarding the suitability of each applicant.  The Admissions Committee will then make a recommendation to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Laurentian University. The Graduate Studies office will verify the dossier and if satisfactory, the Dean of Graduate Studies will forward the recommendation to the Office of Admissions at Laurentian University for admission. 


Step 5: If approved for admission, the Office of Admissions will send the student an Offer of Admission via MyLaurentian.  Applicants wishing to accept the offer of admission must indicate their response on MyLaurentian within 3 weeks of receiving the offer. Once the student has accepted the offer, a transition to the registration process occurs.


Further Information:

MScN Program Coordinator
Tel: 705.675.6589

1. Check your program requirements

You can find your program requirements on this page, under admission requirements. For some Graduate programs you will need to secure a supervisor as part of your application process. You can find if you need to contact a supervisor on the how to apply to graduate programs page.

2. Complete your Application

Once you have reviewed your program requirements you can apply through the graduate application portal. This will take you to an external site, hosted by OUAC. Within 48 business hours of submitting your application you will receive an email with further instructions.

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3. Setup your myLaurentian account and upload your documentation

Once your application has been received by Laurentian University, you will receive an email that contains information on accessing your myLaurentian Portal where you will continue the application process. To activate your account, visit the myLaurentian Portal and click the yellow bar "New to Laurentian".

Please note that the submission of items on the “My Checklist” is solely the obligation of the applicant. Please review this list carefully in order to complete your application.

Learn more on our how to apply to graduate programs page.

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Note for Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Students must follow these regulations while in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Approved Field of Study:

  • Nursing


MSc Nursing - Thesis Option

NURS 5000E     Thesis (0 cr)

NURS 5046E     Thesis Seminar (3 cr)

NURS 5106E     Nursing Research I (3 cr)

NURS 5107E     Nursing Research II (3 cr)

NURS 5126E     Health Care Policy and Nursing Practice In Northern, Rural and Remote Environment (3 cr)

NURS 5136E     Nursing Science and Theory (3 cr)

+1 elective (3 cr)
Total:  18 credits



MSc Nursing - Advanced Practice Nursing Stream  (Course-based)

NURS 5106E     Nursing Research I (3 cr)

NURS 5107E     Nursing Research II (3 cr)

NURS 5126E     Health Care Policy and Nursing Practice In Northern, Rural and Remote Environment (3 cr)

NURS 5136E     Nursing Science and Theory (3 cr)

NURS 5256E     Leadership and Management in Healthcare Environments (3 cr)

NURS 5116E     Advancing Social Justice (3 cr)

NURS 5406E     Environmental Epidemiology (3 cr)

NURS 5056E     Advanced Practice Nursing I (3 cr)

NURS 5057E     Advanced Practice Nursing II (3 cr)

+1 elective (3 cr)  
Total:  30 credits



Course Based Option - Post Nurse Practitioner

NURS 5106E     Nursing Research I (3 cr)

NURS 5107E     Nursing Research II (3 cr)

NURS 5126E     Health Care Policy and Nursing Practice In Northern, Rural and Remote Environment (3 cr)

NURS 5136E     Nursing Science and Theory (3 cr)

+1 Elective (3 cr)
Total: 15 credits


A grade of B (70%) is required to pass all graduate level nursing courses.


Approved Field of Study:

  • Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Program of Study

Required courses:

NURS-5106EL-Nursing Research I
NURS-5107EL-Nursing Research II
NURS-5126EL-Health Care Policy and Nursing Practice In Northern, Rural and Remote Environment
NURS-5306EL-Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners
NURS-5316EL-Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities
NURS-5326EL-Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
NURS-5327EL-Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II
NURS-5356EL-Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
NURS-5357EL-Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
NURS-5395EL-Integrative Practicum


NP Program Regulations

  • All NP courses must be completed successfully before enrolling in the NURS 5395 Integrative Practicum.
  • A minimum 70% is required to pass each NP course.
  • Students who fail an NP course will have only one opportunity to repeat the failed course successfully.
  • Students who fail a repeated NP course or fail a second NP course will be withdrawn from the NP program.
  • Successful completion of all clinical placements is necessary in order to pass NP courses.
  • Unless otherwise specified for the NP courses and program, Laurentian University academic regulations specific to the School of Nursing apply.
  • Students must have completed all of their clinical hours prior to writing their final exams or OSCE testing.
  • The NP program also follows the NP specific policies found at
  • As per Laurentian University policies, absence from 20% or more of any required course seminars, clinical etc. will constitute a failure in the course.




For the course requirements of each MScN program, please see the Degree Options tab.

The following courses may or may not be offered every year:

Please contact the academic coordinator for more information.


NURS-5046EL - Thesis Seminar NURS-5106EL - Nursing Research I NURS-5107EL - Nursing Research II NURS-5126EL - Health Care Policy and Nursing Practice In Northern, Rural and Remote Environment NURS-5136EL - Nursing Science and Theory NURS-5236EL - Risk Management in Healthcare Environments NURS-5256EL - Leadership and Management in Healthcare Environments NURS-5000EL - Thesis
NURS-5056EL - Advanced Practice Nursing I NURS-5057EL - Advanced Practice Nursing II NURS-5116EL - Advancing Social Justice NURS-5406EL - Environmental Epidemiology - - -