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Master of Nursing Science

About the Program
About the Program

The Queen’s School of Nursing offers a challenging and innovative MNSc program to prepare you with the critical appraisal skills needed for developing the scientific basis for nursing practice, and the knowledge and skills to conduct small research projects and participate in research teams. Situated in an academic environment that embodies scholarship, you will be well prepared for a career as a leader in clinical practice, education or health care management.

Our MNSc program consists of course work and a thesis. The thesis requires independent, original research and makes up at least two-thirds of the time normally required for the program. You will be taught primarily in small graduate seminars, in which you will engage in a lively, critical examination of theory, clinical practice, and research, and delve into your own research. Nurtured by close mentoring relationships with faculty supervisors, you will normally complete the program in 2 years.

The research programs of faculty in the School of Nursing are reflected through 3 clusters of research: 1) populations with complex health conditions, 2) practice environments, and 3) health care quality. Chronic health conditions and transitions in health and illness are two fields of study in our MNSc program.

Please visit the MNSc Grad Map for more information regarding the program, resources available at Queen’s, and a guide to help you plan your degree.

Admission Requirements

Course Sequence

  • Undergraduate university degree in nursing from a recognized university with a minimum overall average equivalent to B (calculated over the core courses of the program). (International students must be graduates of a baccalaureate program in nursing that is equivalent to a 4-year Canadian program);
  • Two academic letters of reference (e.g. course professors in undergraduate program);
  • Undergraduate courses in research methodology and statistics; and,
  • Statement of research interest to match your interests with an appropriate potential faculty supervisor. Advance contact with supervisors is not required, but strongly recommended.  
  • Registration (or eligible to register) as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario

In addition to the online application submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, the following must be completed and submitted by email or hard copy to the Graduate Program Coordinator in the School of Nursing, Queen’s University, Cataraqui Building, 92 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON Canada K7L 3N6:

  • Copy of Curriculum Vitae (Resume).

Applicants whose native languages do not include English will need to earn satisfactory standing in an English Language Proficiency Test as part of the application process, and before final acceptance is granted. Please visit the School of Graduate Studies application process for more details and possible exemptions.

Official information on the MNSc program should be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.

  • Nurs 802
    Qualitative Methodology & Methods
  • Nurs 811
    Theoretical Bases of Nursing Research
  • Nurs 899 
  • Nurs 800
    Intermediate Statistics and Analysis
  • Nurs 803 
    Intermediate Quantitative Research Design 
    Special Topic Course
  • Nurs 899 
  • Nurs 899 
    Thesis Proposal Defense 
  • Nurs 899
    Final Thesis Defense


In keeping with the School of Graduate Studies policy, eligible full-time MNSc students qualify for research assistantships (RA), teaching assistantships (TA), Queen’s Graduate Awards (QGA) and internal awards. We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships. Entering students with federal government Tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.

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Deadline to apply:  February 1. Applications will remain open until all the seats are filled.

Applications to all graduate programs are made through the School of Graduate Studies starting in September for admission the following year.

Please note, only complete applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee in the School of Nursing.

Mini-Masters - MNSc

A student registered in the MNSc program at Queen’s University, with an excellent academic record and who shows exceptional promise in their research, may be accelerated into the Ph.D. in Nursing Program, without completion of the MNSc degree.  Promotion to a doctoral program starts with the recommendation by the student’s supervisor and School of Nursing, followed by a submission and defense of a 'mini-master's' thesis. It is recommended that a 'mini-master's' be considered early in the program for Master’s students who are considering completing a PhD and performing at excellent levels.

If this interests you, please contact us for more details regarding the process and criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

As an international applicant you are not required to be registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario, but must be registered as a nurse in your own country.  If you are not registered as a nurse in Ontario during the program you will be unable to conduct thesis research that requires registration.  This limitation on thesis research topics should be considered and discussed with a potential thesis supervisor prior to submitting your application. 

No, this is a full-time program only. Most of the course work involved in the program occurs in the first year and classes are normally scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The decision on a supervisor is made by the Graduate Program Committee, following discussions between you and a potential faculty supervisor. A faculty member must be able to supervise thesis research in your area of interest and be willing to do so, given their current work commitments. It is recommended that you review profiles of faculty members on the School of Nursing website to determine if there is someone who conducts research in your area. 

Normally, you should have a general area of research interest before you begin the program, but a specific thesis topic is developed as you engage in course work and discussions with your thesis supervisor. On occasion, an applicant may have a specific plan for research, but this is not typical.

This program requires attendance at on-campus courses, most of which are organized as seminars requiring active discussion among and presentations by you and your classmates. There is an expectation that you attend and actively participate in courses, scholarly presentations and research events in the School of Nursing, within the Faculty of Health Sciences and within the Queen's community in general.

The Graduate Program Committee nominates individual applicants and students for internal scholarships and awards for which they are eligible. In order to be considered for awards in the first year, your application should be completed by February 1st. You are also encouraged to apply for external scholarships and fellowships as early as possible, as some of these may then be available to you during your first year of study. These are often offered by professional organizations or associations in nursing. You may also have the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant and/or research assistant.   Contact us if you would like more information about potential external funding.