Nursing Graduate Degrees

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Graduate Degrees

MSN 2020 Summer Intensive Course Dates

  • NRSG 504 – May 4-13 – course will finish on June 5
  • NRSG 500 – May 14-May 22 – course will finish June 15
  • NRSG 505 – May 4-8- course will finish June 8
Please see the Course Schedule for more information.
Program Components Duration
MSN Course-based Coursework and capstone 16 months (full time)
Beginning with an intensive summer residency at our beautiful campus in the Okanagan Valley, and followed by e-learning courses, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) course-based program is designed to work for you.

Program Overview (30 credits)

  • 9 credits in core courses (NRSG 500, NRSG 504, NRSG 505)
  • 3 credit elective course
  • 12 credits in focus courses
  • 6 credits in a required capstone course (NRSG 597)
Masters-level coursework is normally taken at the 500-level. Three credits of undergraduate level coursework (300-499) may be taken with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the MSN program are to prepare nurses who are innovative, creative, evidence-informed problem-solvers who can collaboratively lead interprofessional teams.

These objectives will be achieved through a program of studies that prepares nurses to:

  • Create, translate and use nursing knowledge in all its forms;
  • Synthesize and apply diverse perspectives within scholarly nursing research, practice and knowledge development;
  • Cultivate advanced ethical reasoning and critical thinking;
  • Develop advanced skills and strategies for evidence-informed decision-making and practice;
  • Gain practical experience in the application of healthcare knowledge in diverse environments.
For more program information, see our FAQs page. For information about courses and schedules see Program Requirements in the Academic Calendar.   
Program Components Duration
MSN Research-based Coursework and thesis 24 months (full time)
Beginning with an intensive summer residency at our beautiful campus in the Okanagan Valley, and followed by e-learning courses, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) research-based program is designed to work for you.

Program Overview (30 credits)

  • 9 credits in core courses (NRSG 500, NRSG 504, NRSG 505)
  • 6 credits in required research coursework (NRSG 506, NRSG 507)
  • 3 credits in focus courses (to be selected by student)
  • 12 credits in thesis
Masters-level coursework is normally taken at the 500-level. Three credits of undergraduate level coursework (300-499) may be taken with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the MSN program are to prepare nurses who are innovative, creative, evidence-informed problem-solvers who can collaboratively lead interprofessional teams. These objectives will be achieved through a program of studies that prepares nurses to:
  • Create, translate and use nursing knowledge in all its forms;
  • Synthesize and apply diverse perspectives within scholarly nursing research, practice and knowledge development;
  • Cultivate advanced ethical reasoning and critical thinking;
  • Develop advanced skills and strategies for evidence-informed decision-making and practice;
  • Gain practical experience in the application of healthcare knowledge in diverse environments.
For more program information, see our FAQs page. For information about courses and schedules see Program Requirements in the Academic Calendar.   

PhD Program Timeline

Time Frame

Phase I
1st to 24th month

Coursework and Dissertation

  • Complete 4 PhD core courses
  • Complete a comprehensive exam
  • Preparation of detailed research proposal plus initial work on dissertation

Time Frame

Phase II
25th to 48th month

Coursework and Dissertation

  • Completion and approval of a detailed research proposal
  • Confirmation of candidacy through an oral candidacy examination
  • Obtain ethics approval to begin dissertation research
  • Complete research project and a written dissertation to the satisfaction of your supervisor and committee
  • Submission of dissertation for External Examination and complete final oral examination

The Ph.D. program in Nursing is designed to prepare researchers and leaders to develop the knowledge base of nursing. The goal of the program is to prepare graduates who demonstrate excellence in providing leadership to generate, integrate, and implement new disciplinary knowledge aimed at improving nursing, health, and health care.

Program Requirements

In addition to the general academic regulations for graduate students set out by the College of Graduate Studies, the minimum requirements for the Ph.D. in Nursing are:
  1. 12 credits of coursework;
    • NRSG 580 (3) Philosophy of Evidence in Nursing
    • NRSG 581 (3) Leadership in Knowledge Application and Translation
    • NRSG 554 (3) Advanced Research Methods
    • NRSG 601 (3) Doctoral Seminar
  2. A portfolio of research and leadership competencies
  3. Successful completion of comprehensive examination requirements; and
  4. Successful defence of the doctoral dissertation NRSG 699 (0) Doctoral Dissertation.

Delivery Methods

The School of Nursing at the Okanagan Campus has pioneered flexible delivery methods for graduate students in the Okanagan region and has significant experience in providing high quality graduate education to students within the province, across Canada, and internationally.

The primary methods of instruction for the PhD in Nursing will include:

  • Graduate seminars
  • Synchronous (live web-conference seminars) and asynchronous online delivery
  • Comprehensive research project, including a substantive dissertation

Program Objectives

The primary objectives of the Ph.D. in Nursing program are to:

  1. Provide a rigorous, high-quality doctoral-level graduate program in nursing that builds on UBC Okanagan�s highly successful M.S.N. program
  2. Enable students to actively participate in the development of nursing knowledge, adding to the evidence base to enhance nursing and health
  3. Prepare outstanding nurse leaders to have expanded spheres of influence to enhance health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities through leadership roles in academic institutions, practice settings, and policy arenas.
For more program information, see our FAQs page. For information about courses and schedules see Program Requirements in the Academic Calendar. —

PhD in Nursing Core Curriculum

Required Coursework for Ph.D. in Nursing

The required coursework comprises nine credits (NRSG 580, NRSG 581, and NRSG 554), plus two terms enrolled in the NRSG 601 doctoral seminars (3 credits). Additional courses may be recommended based on the individual candidate profile.

NRSG 580 (3) Philosophy of Evidence in Nursing
This course introduces the philosophy of science and evidence as this is understood in the context of nursing scholarship. It creates the philosophical foundation upon which students can create informed claims about knowledge, theory and evidence regarding phenomena of concern to the discipline.

Prerequisite: NURS 500

NRSG 581 (3) Leadership in Knowledge Application and Translation
Through an examination of philosophies, theories and praxis in the application of nursing knowledge, this graduate level course will prepare students to lead innovative research, education and practice in knowledge application and translation.

Pre-requisites: NRSG 504 (or equivalent graduate level course in knowledge and evidence-based practice).

NRSG 554 (3) Advanced Research Methods
This course involves intensive inquiry into research design issues relevant to nursing and health research, including the conduct of interdisciplinary research. It addresses issues in quantitative and qualitative research, and extends the discussion to consider the design and conceptual complexities of mixed and multiple method designs, and community-based research.

Pre-requisites: NRSG 506, and NRSG 507 or equivalent graduate level quantitative and qualitative methods courses.

NRSG 601 (3) Doctoral Seminar
This course is designed as a set of student-centered seminars to provide an ongoing opportunity for PhD students to discuss phenomena relevant to nursing science, academia, the process of undertaking doctoral thesis research, and building sustainable careers in nursing science.

Comprehensive Examination

Students must complete a comprehensive examination within the first 24 months in the program. After completing required coursework, students prepare an annotated bibliography. This serves as the foundation for the comprehensive exam, which comprises two essays in the form of a take home exam and an oral defence.

Candidacy Exam (Proposal Defense)

Students must complete their candidacy exam within the first 36 months in the doctoral program. After completing the comprehensive exam, students establish their supervisory committee and proceed to develop their proposal. The written proposal is approved by the committee, and is followed by an oral defence.

Dissertation Research

Students complete their dissertation research under the supervision of their committee. They must submit the written dissertation (in either traditional or manuscript style) and complete the final oral examination no later than 72 months after their admission into the doctoral program. This process is coordinated through the College of Graduate Studies.

Portfolio of Core Competencies

The following learning outcomes for the Ph.D. in Nursing identify what knowledge, skills and abilities students will have upon successful completion of all program requirements. These learning outcomes will be achieved through completion of required coursework, a comprehensive examination, and completion of a dissertation research project.

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the epistemological, historical, and theoretical foundations of nursing scholarship.
  2. Demonstrate a high-level, comprehensive understanding of a substantive body of knowledge that is at the forefront of the discipline of nursing.
  3. Conceptualize, design, and conduct rigorous and cutting edge research to generate new knowledge or new applications that will make a substantial contribution to the discipline and to the improvement of health and wellbeing.
  4. Critically analyse, synthesise, and apply complex information that is relevant for practice and policy development in nursing, health promotion, and healthcare.
  5. Lead developments in knowledge application and translation in collaboration with stakeholders to support evidence-based nursing and health care.
  6. Effectively communicate complex and/or ambiguous ideas within and across practice and scholarly disciplines, and in society at large.
  7. Influence and lead change aimed at improving nursing, health and health care.

To assume leadership as a nursing scholar, students will develop a portfolio of relevant experiences that show how they have achieved selected leadership competencies in conjunction with NRSG 601 (Graduate seminar). These will be accomplished through a range of learning experiences tailored to individual needs. Leadership competencies may include the following:

  • Writing competitive research funding proposals (e.g. SoN Internal Research Grants)
  • Conducting peer reviews (e.g. manuscripts, grant proposals)
  • Conference & seminar participation (e.g. presentations, networking, planning)
  • Research teamwork (e.g. participation, management)
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration (e.g. committee work, project leadership)
  • Knowledge application (e.g. KT planning, implementation, policy innovation)
  • Community engagement (e.g. leading a clinical research team)
  • Teaching (e.g. planning, leading)
  • Mentoring & consulting skills (e.g. advising a clinical research team)
  • Writing for peer-reviewed publication

Dissertation Planning

The PhD dissertation is an original piece of work that offers you the opportunity to hone your research skills, become an expert in a specialized area of knowledge, and contribute to your field of scholarship. It will set the stage for your future research career.

Dissertation Supervisor

Your PhD dissertation is guided by your Dissertation Supervisor. Prospective students should have identified and contacted potential supervisors before applying to the program.

View programs of research of eligible faculty supervisors

In consultation with your supervisor, you will establish a dissertation supervisory committee comprised of at least three members, two of whom must be tenure-track faculty members within the School of Nursing, holding the rank, assistant professor or higher. The composition of each committee must conform to the requirements set out by the College of Graduate Studies.

The College of Graduate Studies has many excellent resources for students and supervisors that outline how to get the most out of the supervisor-graduate student relationship at UBC.

View the College of Graduate Studies Handbook of Supervision


Research & Supervisors

In partnership with communities, health professionals, academic collaborators and other stakeholders, we are leading interdisciplinary research teams to generate and translate knowledge into effective evidence-based practices and programs. The School of Nursing�s Research and Knowledge Hub is an open community that is home to four areas of research excellence:

Transitions in Chronic Illness and Palliative Care Research Group

In their labs and with their partners, School of Nursing researchers are at the leading edge of designing interventions to support individuals and families across illness trajectories. Current research labs in the group:

Rural Health + Nursing Services Innovation Research Group

Working together with health-care professionals and communities, our nursing researchers are leading the development of innovative health and social service solutions to inform policy and system change to address priority health challenges. Current research labs in the group:

Community Health, Well-being and Equity Research Group

With a depth of experience in working with diverse communities and groups, our nurse researchers are leading community-based research locally and internationally to improve health and well-being. Current research labs in the group:

Innovations in Nursing and Interprofessional Education for Practice Group

Our faculty is at the forefront of innovations in nursing and interprofessional education, and creating learning partnerships with health-care providers, families, patients and caregivers to develop knowledge and skills for building better patient-oriented approaches to health care.
The success of UBC Okanagan�s MSN program depends on exceptional students. If you are applying to the MSN program�s Research-based Stream, please touch base with a faculty supervisor before you start the application process. We look forward to hearing about your research interests and career goals.

Joan L. Bottorff | joan.bottorff@ubc.ca | 250.807.8627 Research interests: Health promotion, chronic disease prevention, gender, health behaviour change, men�s health, smoking cessation, knowledge translation, e-health.
Donna Kurtz | donna.kurtz@ubc.ca | 250.807.9627 Research interests: Indigenous health, health promotion, chronic disease prevention, health disparities, women�s health, cultural safety, primary health care.
Nelly D. Oelke | nelly.oelke@ubc.ca | 250.807.9880 Research interests: Health services, primary health care, health policy, chronic disease management, mental health, rural health, vulnerable populations.
Lise Olsen | lise.olsen@ubc.ca | 250.807.9180 Research interests: Health promotion, injury prevention, child health, physical activity, children with disabilities, autism, family support.
Barbara Pesut | barb.pesut@ubc.ca | 250.807.9955 Research interests: Diversity, palliative care, end-of-life care, ethical issues, family caregiving, rural health care, spirituality, religious influences, chronic life-limiting illness.
Katrina Plamondon | katrina.plamondon@ubc.ca | 250.807.8681 Research interests: Health equity, global-local health, rural health, critical population health, integrated knowledge translation, dialogue and arts-based methods
Kathy L. Rush | kathy.rush@ubc.ca | 250.807.9561 Research interests: Older adults, cardiac conditions, perspectives of risk, self-management, health-care needs, health-care services, rural health care, telehealth, nursing education.
Laura Struik | laura.struik@ubc.ca | 250.807.9972 Research interests: Health promotion, eHealth interventions, augmented reality/virtual reality, health behaviour change, smoking cessation, gender, systems thinking
Marie Tarrant | Director | marie.tarrant@ubc.ca Research interests: Maternal health, child health, breastfeeding, vaccinations, population health, public health.
Professor & Director Marie Tarrant
Increasing rate of flu vaccines for pregnant women
Professor Barbara Pesut
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Health, Ethics and Diversity

Students & Theses

The School of Nursing cares about our students� experiential learning and well-being, as well as fostering their clinical and research excellence. It all begins with the initial summer session, an intimate start to a learning community that creates connections between students. These important collaborations can continue as students move into independent, online elements of the program.

The College of Graduate Studies (on Facebook and Twitter) supports grad students, postdoctoral fellows and the UBCO community in general with academic, professional and personal experience. Also stay up to date with the School of Nursing through our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Theses

See what UBC Okanagan�s Nursing students have been up to. Search all student publications at cIRcle, the University’s digital repository for research and teaching materials.

Dissertation Research

Students complete their dissertation research under the supervision of their committee. They must submit the written dissertation (in either traditional or manuscript style) and complete the final oral examination no later than 72 months after their admission into the doctoral program. This process is coordinated through the College of Graduate Studies.

Portfolio of Core Competencies

The following learning outcomes for the Ph.D. in Nursing identify what knowledge, skills and abilities students will have upon successful completion of all program requirements. These learning outcomes will be achieved through completion of required coursework, a comprehensive examination, and completion of a dissertation research project.

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the epistemological, historical, and theoretical foundations of nursing scholarship.
  2. Demonstrate a high-level, comprehensive understanding of a substantive body of knowledge that is at the forefront of the discipline of nursing.
  3. Conceptualize, design, and conduct rigorous and cutting edge research to generate new knowledge or new applications that will make a substantial contribution to the discipline and to the improvement of health and wellbeing.
  4. Critically analyse, synthesise, and apply complex information that is relevant for practice and policy development in nursing, health promotion, and healthcare.
  5. Lead developments in knowledge application and translation in collaboration with stakeholders to support evidence-based nursing and health care.
  6. Effectively communicate complex and/or ambiguous ideas within and across practice and scholarly disciplines, and in society at large.
  7. Influence and lead change aimed at improving nursing, health and health care.

To assume leadership as a nursing scholar, students will develop a portfolio of relevant experiences that show how they have achieved selected leadership competencies in conjunction with NRSG 601 (Graduate seminar). These will be accomplished through a range of learning experiences tailored to individual needs. Leadership competencies may include the following:

  • Writing competitive research funding proposals (e.g. SoN Internal Research Grants)
  • Conducting peer reviews (e.g. manuscripts, grant proposals)
  • Conference & seminar participation (e.g. presentations, networking, planning)
  • Research teamwork (e.g. participation, management)
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration (e.g. committee work, project leadership)
  • Knowledge application (e.g. KT planning, implementation, policy innovation)
  • Community engagement (e.g. leading a clinical research team)
  • Teaching (e.g. planning, leading)
  • Mentoring & consulting skills (e.g. advising a clinical research team)
  • Writing for peer-reviewed publication

Dissertation Planning

The PhD dissertation is an original piece of work that offers you the opportunity to hone your research skills, become an expert in a specialized area of knowledge, and contribute to your field of scholarship. It will set the stage for your future research career.

Dissertation Supervisor

Your PhD dissertation is guided by your Dissertation Supervisor. Prospective students should have identified and contacted potential supervisors before applying to the program.

View programs of research of eligible faculty supervisors

In consultation with your supervisor, you will establish a dissertation supervisory committee comprised of at least three members, two of whom must be tenure-track faculty members within the School of Nursing, holding the rank, assistant professor or higher. The composition of each committee must conform to the requirements set out by the College of Graduate Studies.

The College of Graduate Studies has many excellent resources for students and supervisors that outline how to get the most out of the supervisor-graduate student relationship at UBC.

View the College of Graduate Studies Handbook of Supervision

Professional Networks

A number of Canadian organizations offer RNs and others in the nursing profession a platform for dialogue, a means for resources and ways to get involved. Professional Associations: Resources: Specialty Areas:
Michael Sandler, MSN Student
�The strength of this program is flexibility.�
Madeleine Greig, MSN Student (BSN 2014)
On research assistance and career mentorship

Admission Requirements

Domestic Student Admissions

Master of Science in Nursing Applicants (MSN)

The MSN program is governed by policies of the College of Graduate Studies. To be eligible for admission, applicants must:
  • Be a Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing;
  • Have a minimum overall average of B+ (76%) standing in third- and fourth-year levels of their baccalaureate with an A- (80%) in 12 credits of nursing courses;
  • Applicants to the research-based stream require successful completion of an undergraduate university or graduate university statistics course in the past five years as pre-requisite, or approval of the School of Nursing Graduate Coordinator.

International Student Admissions

Master of Science in Nursing Applicants (MSN)

The MSN program is governed by policies of the College of Graduate Studies. To be eligible for admission, applicants must:
  • Be a Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing;
  • Have a minimum overall average of B+ (76%) standing in third- and fourth-year levels of their baccalaureate with an A- (80%) in 12 credits of nursing courses;
  • Demonstrate competence to pursue studies in the English language by completing a Test of English as a Foreign Language 4 (TOEFL4) with a minimum score of 600 or International English Language Testing (IELTS) with a minimum score range of 6.5-7.0. (Graduate programs such as the MSN have set higher English language proficiency scores than those listed by the College of Graduate Studies.)
  • Applicants to the research-based stream require successful completion of an undergraduate university or graduate university statistics course in the past five years as pre-requisite, or approval of the School of Nursing Graduate Coordinator.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information; the Calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia. * In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Required Grades and Credential Guide

Grades and degree credentials required by UBC vary by country. Search the Required Grades and Credential Guide�a guide to assist international students in estimating their eligibility.

International Advisors

An international student advisor can answer questions about immigration, medical insurance and the transition to UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Go to the International Programs and Services website to meet the team.

MSN Off-Cycle Program Start – September Intake: The UBC Okanagan MSN Program begins with intensive (1-1.5 week long) courses in May. These courses provide an introduction to the MSN program, online learning, and research and analytical skills. Students have opportunities to build collaborative relationships within their cohort. MSN students beginning the program in May are able to take full advantage of these opportunities.

In exceptional circumstances, students may be considered for an “off-cycle” program start in September. To be considered for a September admission, students must have proficient skills in an online learning environment, and will be required to meet two out of the three following criteria:

  • Recent literature review experience.
  • Currently in the final year of a BSN program.
  • An unusual circumstance, adjudicated by the School of Nursing’s Graduate Admission Committee, that eliminates the May MSN Program Start date as an option.

Please note that late applications are unlikely to be considered for a September program start. To be considered for an off-cycle start, a detailed rationale and a sample literature review (or equivalent writing sample) must be included as part of your application.

 

Domestic PhD admission requirements

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) must have completed one of the following requirements prior to admission:

  • a master�s degree (or equivalent) from an approved institution, with clear evidence of research ability or potential and a minimum overall average in the B+ grade range (76-79% at UBC) in all graduate courses;
  • a bachelor�s degree, with one year of study in a master�s program with 12 credits of first-class average, of which, normally, 9 credits must be at the 500 level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first-class standing, and clear evidence of research ability or potential. Transfer directly into a doctoral program is normally accomplished after the first year of study and will not be permitted after the completion of the second year in a master�s program; or
  • in exceptional cases, applicants who hold an honours bachelor�s degree with an overall average in the A grade range and who demonstrate advanced research ability may be granted direct admission to a doctoral degree program on recommendation of the admitting graduate program and approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

To maintain registration as a doctoral student, students entering directly from a bachelor�s degree must, during the first year of study, complete 12 credits with a first-class average, of which at least 9 credits must be at the 500 level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first-class standing.

These are the minimum requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies. Individual graduate programs may have additional admission requirements. Consult the graduate program listings in this Calendar to confirm the admission requirements for specific degree programs.

Students with Credentials from International Institutions

The College of Graduate Studies welcomes and encourages applications from international students who hold a credential deemed academically equivalent to a an approved Canadian two-year master�s degree and who demonstrate superior academic standing. Specific minimum admission requirements for graduates of different countries are listed in the International Student Evaluation Manual

Students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must apply for a study permit (student visa) to enter Canada. Applications can be made through any Canadian Consulate or High Commission.

These are the minimum requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies. Individual graduate programs may have additional admission requirements. Consult the graduate program listings in this Calendar to confirm the admission requirements for specific degree programs.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants from a university outside Canada at which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to graduate studies are:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 90 overall with a minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 21 in Writing & Speaking (Internet version); minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 21 in Writing (paper version); or
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum overall band score of 6.5, with no individual component score less than 6.0; or
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): minimum overall score of 85, with a final score of 3 in the speaking test.

Graduate programs may set higher English language proficiency scores than those listed above.


Tuition & Funding

Tuition

Program Schedule Domestic (per year) International (per year)
MSN Full-time $4,995.78 $8,776.74
MSN Part-time $2,855.22 $5,046.63
PhD Full-time $4,995.78 $8,776.74
Tuition amounts presented here are estimates only and all fees are subject to change. For official tuition and fee information, visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar*, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia. Students who select part-time schedules are advised that they are ineligible to receive government loans, interest-free status, and University fellowships or scholarships. Students are not permitted to switch from part-time to full-time after the due date of the first instalment. Tuition is paid three times a year, on the first day of each term: Winter Term 1 (September), Winter Term 2 (January), and Summer Term (May). * In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Faculty of Health & Social Development Graduate Student Travel Grant

The Faculty of Health & Social Development�s internal Graduate Student Travel Grant is intended to subsidize travel to conferences for full-time graduate students in Master�s or Doctoral programs only.

Research Assistantships (RA)

As a paid RA, MSN students in the research-based stream may assist their supervisor or other researchers in conducting high-level research, which often contributes to the student’s thesis. RAs are typically funded by the supervisor’s grants, contracts or other sources of funding. Contact lead investigators directly to inquire about opportunities.

Scholarships, Awards & Funding

The College of Graduate Studies is responsible for merit-based graduate awards at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. The College manages a number of award competitions each year and administers payment of all internal awards and selected external awards. Please visit the College of Graduate Studies for a list of available scholarships and awards, and for more information about application information. Students are expected whenever possible to apply for relevant scholarships and fellowships. These include principally, but are not limited to, Canadian Tri-Council scholarships, University Graduate Fellowships, and Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarships. A variety of competitive scholarships are available MSN students. Please consult with faculty for assistance with developing your application:

How to Apply

Find a Supervisor

If you are applying to the PhD or MSN program�s Research-based Stream, please contact our faculty before starting your application. Admission to the program requires the support of a faculty supervisor as well as meeting program-specific criteria for admission.

A complete application package will contain:
Applying takes time. We recommend you start your application two months in advance. For full consideration students should apply by the following deadlines:
Intake Apply Before
Domestic applicants
May 2020 December 1, 2019
International applicants
May 2020 October 1, 2019
Off-Cycle Program Start
September 2020 January 15, 2020

UBC’s Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Master of Nursing graduate program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

UBC Okanagan

UBC Okanagan is situated near the northern border of the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of about 150,000 people�the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow a business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the traditional territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university�s respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lake shores and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Check out this 360-degree video: Kelowna From Above*.

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Both streams of our MSN program begin with face-to-face summer courses for graduate students at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC.

Student Housing and Hospitality Services coordinates shared accommodations and student pricing in UBC residences but PLEASE NOTE THE RESIDENCES DO NOT OPEN UNTIL MAY 15, 2020. Residence offers modern living with easy access to academic and personal support. Residences are surrounded by hiking and biking trails, plus panoramic views of the Okanagan Valley. Follow this link to explore room options for dates after May 15, 2020. Email Conferences and Accommodation to request MSN student pricing.

The Student Residence website includes helpful information about living on campus, residence life and local amenities, plus options and resources for Living Off Campus.

Kelowna Off Campus Student Housing is a public Facebook group that shares notes about housing options, finding roommates, and vacancies in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.*

* UBC does not verify or endorse information shared on this third-party website, which is offered here as a public resource only.

Stay active. Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and play�from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre and our 1,561 square-metre gymnasium, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes and nationally ranked varsity athletics. Have a ball in Sports and Recreation.

Relax. The Graduate Collegium is a gathering place where grad students can hang out, eat lunch, spend time with their fellow students, and attend or host special events. The lounge-style room is open seven days and week and is outfitted with comfortable furniture, kitchen facilities, and individual and group-work spaces.

The Aboriginal Centre is a home away from home for all Indigenous students by providing a sense of belonging and community, a place to catch up, wind down, make lunch, share opportunities and celebrate success.

The College of Graduate Studies is your hub for administrative support and such things as graduate workshops for professional development and for assisting you from the admissions process through to your graduation.

The Library’s Centre for Scholarly Communication (CSC) supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and faculty in disseminating their research. The CSC provides one-on-one consultations and workshops, including writing support for theses, dissertations, journal articles and grant proposals.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides support related to teaching, TA training and use of technology in educational programming.

Careers and Occupations

As a professional nurse, and a graduate of the MSN program, you will be qualified to provide professional nursing services, deliver health-education programs, and provide consultative nursing services to promote, maintain and restore patient health.

Occupations

  • Critical care nurse
  • Emergency nurse
  • Hospice/palliative care nurse
  • Labour and delivery staff nurse
  • Neonatal nurse
  • Nephrology nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse executive
  • Oncology nurse
  • Orthopaedic nurse
  • Perioperative (O.R.) nurse
  • Psychiatric/mental health nurse
  • School nurse
  • Staff nurse
  • Women�s health nurse practitioner
*Additional education or certification may be required for some fields and occupations (e.g., completion of association registration, a professional program, or other specialized studies).

Potential Employers

  • Hospitals and primary health care settings
  • Regional health authorities
  • Rehabilitation and occupational health departments
  • Governmental departments and organizations
  • Community, social, and correctional services
  • Clinics (ambulatory, medical, dental and community)
  • Nursing homes
  • Home care agencies
  • Large corporations and insurance companies
  • Government services (for example, penitentiaries, outpost nursing, the foreign service, the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Educational institutions

Career Services

Map out your future and prepare to hit the ground running with resources and services provided by the Advising & Involvement Centre.

Tell your story with resum� and cover-letter strategies, and search Work Study jobs for experience relevant to your degree and career goals. You can also book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our career advisor.

alumni UBC

alumni UBC is a member-driven association that offers a variety of lifetime programming and communications to enrich the lives of UBC graduates.

The ‘Your Next Step’ program offers webinars, speaker series and professional development sessions. It is designed to provide advice, tips and resources in areas of career development to graduates for life after university.

Realize the promise of a global community with shared ambition for a better world and an exceptional UBC.