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Master of Science in Nursing [M.S.N]

 2 years
 full time
 on campus
 Course & Thesis Based

Field of Study

$ 12,820 

1st Year

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Program Description

  • McMaster University offers MSc in Nursing for a duration of 2 years.
  • It is an-on-campus, a thesis, and a course-based program offered on a full-time basis.
    • The program provides registered nurses with the opportunity to advance their education and become leaders in nursing practice, education, research, and policy.
    • MSc program offers 3 types of streams that are:
      • Thesis
      • Course-Based
      • Course-based Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner
      • The Nursing program enables graduates to function as associate investigators in their selected areas of interest.
      • The 3 areas of excellence provide students with a range of opportunities for advanced education and research in Nursing on a full- and part-time basis. The research areas of Nursing program are:
        • Illness Prevention and Management
        • Healthy Equity and Disparity
        • Health System Integration and Innovation
      • With the increased knowledge of the theoretical basis of practice, students will be able to play a role in evolving health care systems and the student-faculty ratio of this program is 28:1.
      • For the thesis-based degree, students will demonstrate the knowledge of appropriate clinical research methods, including the development of clinical measures and the determination of clinical and program efficiency.
      • For the course-based master's degree, students will demonstrate the ability to apply advanced scientific theory to their professional practice.
      • The program offers studies leading to the MSc and PhD, as well as Graduate Diplomas in Advanced Neonatal Nursing and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner.
      • Master of Science in Nursing at McMaster University ranks 4th according to Maclean's in Canada.
      • There are several major research units in the school of Nursing which help students in their research work are Cardiovascular Nursing, Community, and Health Research Unit (ACHRU), Primary Health Care Nursing, etc. 
      • School of Nursing ranked 2nd in Canada, 15th globally to provide students with the best experience and offer a range of different pathways in which they can excel.
      • Job opportunities after MSc Nursing are Hospital Nursing, Public Health Nursing, etc and the average salary goes up to 59,000 USD.

      Program Highlights

      Degree Type Offered Master
      Duration2 years
      Fees$ 25,640 for 2 years
      Delivery TypeFull Time
      Admission Intake Fall (Deadline - Jan 15)
      Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS,PTE
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      Eligibility & Entry Requirement

      Academic Eligibility:

      • Students must complete a bachelor’s degree in Nursing (60 units taken at a university) from a recognized university.
      • Students have a minimum B+ grade over the final 60 units from an undergraduate nursing program.
      • Complete a thesis on an approved health care issue and defend the thesis at a final oral examination.

      Indian Student Eligibility:

      • Completed a 4-year UG degree from a recognized institution.
      • Or, completed a 3-year UG degree from a recognized University.

      Submission of GRE scores is not compulsory for this program, however, if students have given the GRE exam then it is recommended to submit the scores (minimum 300) for a better chance of admission.

      Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test.

      Required Document List

      Following are the required document:

      • Online application form and fees: Students have to fill the online form and submit the application fees. 
      • CV/Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work and/or volunteer experience.
      • Two Academic or Professional References: Referees (Teachers, guidance counselors, or Professors) should comment on academics and that references should submit along with the application system.
      • Personal Statement: It should include a brief overview of themselves, strengths and any work experience and/or education that students have.
      • Transcripts: Students have to submit transcripts from all universities/colleges attended, World Education Services Assessments, and English Language Proficiency test scores.
      • Statement of Intent: Reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of prior experience.

      Application Deadline

      Jan 15

      Scores Required

      92 / 120

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      7 / 9

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      60 / 90

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      309 / 340

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      Fees & Funding

      Tution & Application Fees

      YearYear 1Year 2
      Tuition fees$12820$12820

      Living Costs

      HeadAvg Cost Per Year
      Room and food (on-campus)$ 9,195
      Housing (off-campus)$ 4,860


      QS World University 2020

      Ranked #16/ 100

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      Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

      NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
      Ontario Graduate Scholarship $10,847 Yes N/A
      BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
      JN Tata Endowment Scholarship Variable Yes 09 Mar, 2020
      Aga khan Foundation Scholarships Variable Yes 31 Mar, 2020
      Go Clean Scholarship $3,500 Yes 31 Dec, 2020
      Debesh Kamal Scholarship $1,385 Yes 30 Apr, 2020
      Bharat Petroleum Scholarship 2020 Variable Yes N/A
      Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
      Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
      (ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships Variable Yes 19 Feb, 2021
      FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship $20,000 Yes N/A
      Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management Variable Yes 01 Apr, 2020
      Ontario Graduate Fellowship $8,459 Yes N/A
      Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program $150 Yes N/A
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      VISA & Work Study


      • Students are required to get a Study Visa to study in Canada.
      • If students are traveling outside Canada will need either an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or a Valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to re-enter Canada.
      • The cost of the study visa is 112 USD and is valid for the length of the student’s study program, plus an extra 90 days.
      • Students need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canad and to get the SIN, students will need to bring a passport and study visa.
      • At the time of VISA application, students need to provide various documents:
        • Application form and Study Plan
        • Valid Passport
        • Official Acceptance Letter
        • Financial Evidence

      Work Study

      Students need a work-Study visa to work in Canada. Full-time international students studying at a Canadian university may seek employment in Canada in 4 situations:

      • on-campus employment
      • co-ops employment
      • working off-campus
      • post-graduation work visa

      The McMaster Work Program gives students opportunities to work on campus during the fall/winter terms and over the summer.

      • First-year international students are not eligible for the fall/winter work program but can apply for the summer after their first year and every year beyond.
      • International students with a valid study visa are eligible to participate in McMaster’s work programs.
      • Students can work Part-time at a maximum of 10 hours per week in the fall and winter terms.
      • Students can work Full-time of 35 hours per week and part-time over the summer.

      Career and Placement after Course

      Job opportunities for MSc in Nursing students are:

      • Orthopedic Nursing
      • Hospital Nursing
      • Public Health Nursing
      • Community Health Nursing
      • Military Nursing Educators
      • Health Nursing
      • Psychiatric Nursing
      • Pediatric Nursing

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