MSN

Nursing

Transform health care while expanding your professional practice through clinical, research and leadership opportunities.

Graduate Degree

Program Components Duration
MSN Course-based Coursework and capstone 16 months (full time)
MSN Research-based Coursework and thesis 24 months (full time)

UBC Okanagan’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) provides an intimate, student-centered world-class academic environment. Students gain valuable knowledge in leadership, research, education and policy.

Our blended delivery program—designed specifically for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing—combines online and in-person learning, so that you can invest in your career from the location that best suits your needs.

Students will select either a course-based or a research-based stream. Both streams have part-time options and are offered as flexible delivery, a combination of online and face-to-face summer courses on campus.

Map your own degree completion with options to complete a thesis or capstone project with leading researchers or practice mentors. For more information, view or download our MSN program brochure.

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.

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.

Related Programs

2019 Summer Intensive Course Dates

  • NRSG 500: Thursday, May 16, 2019 to Friday, May 24, 2019
  • NRSG 504: Monday, May 6, 2019 to Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • NRSG 505: Monday, May 6, 2019 to Friday, May 10, 2019
Please see the Course Schedule for more information.

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.

Current research lab: Creativity and Innovation in Nursing Education Research Lab (lead investigator Dr. Elizabeth Andersen)

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.

 
Elizabeth Ann Andersen | elizabeth.andersen@ubc.ca | 250.807.9963
Research interests: Older adults, geriatric care, residential care, nursing work environments, health-care services, teaching and learning, nursing education.
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.
Susana Caxaj | susana.caxaj@ubc.ca | 250.807.9972
Research interests: Diversity, health equity, vulnerable populations, culture, mental health, Indigenous health, cultural safety, chronic disease management, palliative care.
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.
Carole Robinson | carole.robinson@ubc.ca | 250.807.9882
Research interests: Family nursing, family caregiving, chronic life-limiting illness, end-of-life care, palliative care, decision support, symptom management.
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.
Marie Tarrant | Director | marie.tarrant@ubc.ca
Research interests: Maternal health, child health, breastfeeding, vaccinations, population health, public health.
Darlene L. Taylor | tdarlene@mail.ubc.ca | 250.807.9511
Research interests: Vulnerable populations, homelessness, substance use, health-care services, sexual health, public health, rural health care, ethics, capacity to consent.
Professor & Director Marie Tarrant
Increasing rate of flu vaccines for pregnant women
Asst. Prof. Elizabeth Andersen
Investigating assistive care and health support in nursing homes

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 Faculty of Health and Social Development—and keep in touch with us, too—on Twitter.

Theses and Dissertations

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:

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

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.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Applicants (PhD)

Our Faculty provides opportunities for interdisciplinary studies at the Masters and Doctoral levels through the College of Graduate Studies’ Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program. The IGS offers students opportunities to pursue graduate studies across disciplinary boundaries, and to tailor their course of study to suit their particular needs. The structure allows for both interfaculty and intercampus arrangements for supervision and courses.

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.

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.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Applicants (PhD)

Our Faculty provides opportunities for interdisciplinary studies at the Masters and Doctoral levels through the College of Graduate Studies’ Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program. The IGS offers students opportunities to pursue graduate studies across disciplinary boundaries, and to tailor their course of study to suit their particular needs. The structure allows for both interfaculty and intercampus arrangements for supervision and courses.

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*:

*Please note that applicants wishing to enter the program in September, rather than the MSN Program Start in May, 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.
  • Recent graduate from a BSN program.
  • An unusual circumstance, adjudicated by the School of Nursing’s Graduate Admission Committee, that eliminating the May MSN Program Start date as an option.

Tuition & Funding

Tuition

Program Schedule Domestic (per year) International (per year)
MSN Full-time $4,897.85 $8,604.67
MSN Part-time $2,799.24 $4,947.69

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 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 2019 December 1, 2018
International applicants
May 2019 October 1, 2018
Off-Cycle Program Start
September 2019 January 31, 2019

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 for the on-campus course in May. For more information click here to download a PDF containing details. 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. Explore room options and 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 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.