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.

Graduates will be eligible for doctoral programs.

Applicants are expected to contact MScN faculty members to review their research interests with them and their fit as a supervisor. If confirmed, identification of a MScN faculty supervisor should be identified on their admission essay.

Academic Advisor

School of Nursing

Telephone: 705-675-1151, Ext. 3800


Office: L-511, Toll free: 1-800-461-4030

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: Online
Program Language: English

Admission criteria include:

  • must hold a Baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 75%
  • licensed as a 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)
  • Personal Essay (instructions found in MyLaurentian/to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume, include 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

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



NURS-5000EL-Thesis (0 cr.)
NURS-5046EL-Thesis Seminar (3 cr.)
NURS-5106EL-Nursing Research I (3 cr.)
NURS-5107EL-Nursing Research II (3 cr.)
NURS-5126EL-Health Care Policy and Nursing Practice In Northern, Rural and Remote Environment (3 cr.)
NURS-5136EL-Nursing Science and Theory (3 cr.)
+1 Elective (3 cr)
Total: 18 credits



NURS-5106EL-Nursing Research I (3 cr.)
NURS-5107EL-Nursing Research II (3 cr.)
NURS-5126EL-Health Care Policy and Nursing Practice In Northern, Rural and Remote Environment (3 cr.)
NURS-5136EL-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.

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

Please note:  NURS 5200 series courses are electives.


NURS-5000EL - Thesis NURS-5046EL - Thesis Seminar NURS-5056EL - Advanced Practice Nursing I NURS-5057EL - Advanced Practice Nursing II NURS-5100EL - Advanced Practice Nursing Project NURS-5106EL - Nursing Research I NURS-5107EL - Nursing Research II NURS-5116EL - Advancing Social Justice NURS-5126EL - Health Care Policy and Nursing Practice In Northern, Rural and Remote Environment NURS-5136EL - Nursing Science and Theory
NURS-5206EL - Family Nursing NURS-5216EL - Gerontological Nursing NURS-5226EL - Cardiovascular Nursing NURS-5236EL - Risk Management in Healthcare Environments NURS-5246EL - Oncology Nursing NURS-5256EL - Leadership and Management in Healthcare Environments NURS-5266EL - Mental Health Nursing NURS-5267EL - Clinical Evidence: an Inter-Professional Approach NURS-5276EL - Health Promotion NURS-5286EL - Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology