Master of Nursing Degree

The Master in Nursing (MN) program is a course-based degree program and has three specialization/field options.

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. Please see flyer for details also.


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. Please see flyer for details also.


3) Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) Field

In the primary health care nurse practitioner field, students will be prepared to provide collaborative and autonomous primary health care to individuals, groups or communities, with an emphasize on health promotion as well as illness/injury prevention. Students will develop advanced assessment, diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills in preparation for ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, communicating diagnoses, prescribing pharmaceuticals, and performing other specific controlled procedures.

The Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Windsor is approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario ( Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for Extended Class registration as a Nurse Practitioner in Ontario. Please see flyer for details also.


Minimum eligibility requirements for the Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program

  • Current Ontario Certificate of Competence (RN)
  • Completed undergraduate nursing program (BScN) or equivalent nursing degree (e.g. BN, etc.) with a minimum B average
  • Equivalent of two years of direct nursing (RN) experience in the last five years (> 3,640 hours) completed by the February 1st application deadline
  • Preference will be given to Ontario residents.
  • For the Nurse Practitioner Graduate Diploma program only - must also have a completed Master's degree in Nursing.


Frequently asked Questions about the Nurse Practitioner field.

Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program information

Admission Requirements

  • All general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies 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 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 website.  All portions of the application package with required documents must be received by February 1.

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

Tuition Information:

Other Resources and Information:

  • The Master of Nursing Degree (MN) is a course based program. The MN student will complete 10 courses in total.
  • 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.
  • View additional details about this program
  • View Course Descriptions

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

Dr. Sherry Morrell
Assistant Professor and PHCNP Program Graduate Coordinator
Faculty of Nursing
519.253.3000, x4389

Fax: 519.973.7084