Master of Nursing Program

The Master of Nursing (MN) program was established in 1975. Curriculum revisions introduced in Fall 2021 will ensure that our graduates continue to be positioned to influence and lead in evolving health systems. The program reflects health care trends and draws on the strengths of our outstanding academic faculty members. 

The MN program cultivates knowledge and skills that support learners to probe meaningful experiences in their professional lives and to analyze critical issues in health systems. Coursework exposes students to diverse schools of thought and scholarship; complex health system influences on nursing practice and health outcomes; approaches to knowledge development, synthesis, and translation; and using nursing knowledge to improve healthcare delivery, promote health, and reduce health inequity. In the process, learners are empowered to find their own voice, articulate well-informed perspectives to diverse audiences, and actively shape the systems in which they participate and lead.

During COVID restrictions, all University of Alberta courses were online for the 2020-2021 academic year. As the University reopens during the fall of 2021, our students, staff and faculty are gradually returning to campus. Nursing courses are returning to previous formats, which include both daytime and evening scheduling, part-time and full-time studies, and opportunities for blended/hybrid classes. Students must be available to participate in regularly scheduled classes and seminars.

Many courses will incorporate online activity mixed with face-to-face classroom meetings, and some classes will have sections for a small number of students to participate completely online. However, there is no guarantee that the entire MN program can be completed online (with the exception of the Advanced Clinical-NP focus which is available by distance studies). Nurse practitioner students from other provinces are supported to complete their clinical hours within or close to their home communities.


Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity

The Faculty of Nursing is committed to our 2020 Strategic Plan on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity.

Our graduates are leaders with the potential to influence and create health care contexts where there is equitable access and representation of diverse peoples, and meaningful engagement and participation of socially diverse peoples. The curriculum creates opportunities to demonstrate action on commitments to advance social equity and the spirit of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities.

Attention to issues of reconciliation, power, culture, diversity, and equity is emphasized in several courses.


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