Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides an intimate, student-centered world-class academic environment.

Two MSN students in classroom

GRADUATE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Students gain valuable knowledge in leadership, research, education and policy. Learn from leading nursing education, practice and research scholars while contributing to the development and application of nursing knowledge.

Program Components Expected Duration
MSN Course-Based Coursework and capstone 16 months (full time)
MSN Thesis-Based Coursework and thesis 24 months (full time)

MSN Summer 2021 Intensive dates – will be delivered remotely in 2021 due to COVID-19
NRSG 504: Classes run May 3-12, 2021 (Last assignment due date: June 4, 2021)
NRSG 500: Classes run May 14-21, 2021 (Last assignment due date: June 11, 2021)
NRSG 505: Classes run May 3-7, 2021 (Last assignment due date: June 16, 2021)

Please note that there are trailing requirements for each Intensive course, and the last assignment is due several weeks after the last day of class

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 MSN/PhD Nursing Handbook. For information about courses and schedules see Program Requirements in the Academic Calendar.

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) thesis-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 MSN/PhD Nursing Handbook. For information about courses and schedules see Program Requirements in the Academic Calendar.

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.


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:

 Palliative and End of Life Care Research

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

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/PhD programs 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.

Sana Shahram | sana.shahram@ubc.ca | 250.807.8685

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.


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.

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:


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to UBC graduate programs is competitive. Applicants must meet the following criteria.

Please review the College of Graduate Studies “Prepare Your Application” Guidelines, and consider attending an MSN/PhD Information Session prior to submitting your application.

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.

MORE INFORMATION

For program requirements, use the following link to the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar; 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.

For additional information please contact:

Kathryn Douglas-Campbell
Graduate Studies Administration Assistant
ubco.nursinggrad@ubc.ca

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.

For additional information please contact:

Kathryn Douglas-Campbell
Graduate Studies Administration Assistant
ubco.nursinggrad@ubc.ca


Tuition & Funding

UBC Okanagan’s tuition and fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre.

Program Schedule Domestic fee per installment* International fee per installment*
MSN, full-time Full-time, per installment $1,698.56 $2,984.09
MSN, part-time Part-time, per installment $970.77 $1,715.85

Tuition is paid in three installments per year, due near the start of each term: Winter Term 1, Winter Term 2, and Summer Term 1.

Full-time students must pay a minimum of 3 installments prior to completing the program; part-time students must pay a minimum of 9 installments prior to completing the program.

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 installment.

For official tuition and full 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.

* 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 Virtual Conference Award

The Faculty of Health & Social Development’s internal Graduate Student Virtual Conference Award is intended to support attendance at virtual conferences for graduate students in Master’s or Doctoral programs.

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.

Graduate teaching Assistantships (gta)

As a paid TA, MSN students may assist course instructors in marking examinations, tests, laboratory exercises, or assignments; providing instruction to students in laboratories, discussion periods, tutorials or lectures; invigilating examinations and providing academic assistance to students during office hours.

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 MSN program’s Thesis-based Stream, please contact members our faculty whose areas of interest align with your research goals before starting your application. Admission to the program requires the support of a faculty supervisor in addition to 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:

May Intake Application Deadline
Domestic applicants December 1 annually
International applicants October 1 annually
September (Off-Cycle Program Start) January 15 annually

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. At the School of Engineering on UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

DYNAMIC CITY

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders 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 your 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 top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

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

NATURAL BEAUTY

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

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

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CAMPUS HOUSING

Full-time UBC Okanagan students can live in residence, which offers modern living with easy access to academic and personal support. Residences are surrounded by hiking and biking trails, plus panoramic views of the campus and valley.

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING

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Clubs: Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options with the UBCO Nursing Course Union.

Events: Various orientations help graduate students to explore, discover and learn about the School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan, and living in the Okanagan Valley.

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.

College of Graduate Studies: 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.

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

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

Career Development

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

*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 resumé 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.