Master of Science in Nursing Degree

The Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) (formerly called Master of Science (MSc)) is a thesis-based degree program, and has two specialization/field options listed below. Please see flyer for details also.

1) Advanced Clinical Practice Nursing Field

In the Advanced Clinical Nursing field students will explore the human experience of health, well-being, illness and healing within the context of individuals, families, groups and communities. Selected concepts such as health promotion, illness prevention, stress appraisal, and coping resources will be examined through critical appraisal of the literature in nursing and related disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to develop evidence-based knowledge and skills required to manage the complex health needs of Canada’s multicultural population through health promotion and illness prevention or adaptation to illness and injury.


2) Nursing Leadership Field

In the Nursing Leadership field students will explore concepts of contemporary nursing leadership in management, research and education. Students will critically appraise and synthesize a variety of educational, environmental, and political issues that influence the Canadian health care system. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills necessary to impact policy and decision-making relevant to the profession of nursing, in particular, and the health care system in general.

Admission Requirements:

  • All general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements are applicable.
  • Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or equivalent which includes physical assessment, and courses in research and statistics. Consideration may be given to nurse applicants holding degrees in other cognate disciplines.
  • Applicants must have maintained a minimum 70% average in the last two years of their undergraduate nursing program.
  • Applicants must have current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario with no practice restrictions.
  • Three Faculty of Nursing confidential reports must be completed by academic/professional referees, with at least one from an academic who has taught the applicant and one from a recent employment supervisor.
  • An "Applicant Profile" must be completed, which includes a section addressing goals in seeking graduate education (study plan/research interest).
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit certification of English proficiency as follows:
  • IELTS - Minimum score: 7.0; or,
  • Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN): Minimum scores: Writing - 7; Speaking - 8; Listening - 10; Reading - 8.
  • Applications for admission with required documents must be submitted by February 1.
  • An interview may be required.

How to apply:

Please read/review the application instructions and download the appropriate forms prior to applying. Prospective students must apply via the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Graduate Studies.  All portions of the application package with required documents must be received by February 1.

Please read  Tips for Strengthening Your Graduate Application for help with your application.

Tuition Information:

Please refer to Master's candidate year base tuition as well as Compulsory Incidentals.

Other Resources and Information:

The Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MScN) is a thesis based program. The MScN student will complete 6 courses and a thesis paper.

Part-time students can only be registered in one course per semester starting with the NURS 8810 theory course. Students registered in two courses or more per semester will be considered full-time.

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Contact Information:

Suneeta Singh
Graduate Secretary
Faculty of Nursing 
519.253.3000, x2260

Dr. Jody Ralph
Acting Associate Dean, Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Nursing 
519.253.3000, x2271