Master of Nursing

Candidates for admission to the MN program must have demonstrated high academic standing and potential for self-directed, sustained research.  Normally, the basic requirements are:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an approved or accredited university is required. A minimum average of 75% or a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) in the last twenty courses of a baccalaureate nursing program is required.
  • Prior completion of a Research Methods course, an Introductory Statistics course, and a course in Nursing Theory, or equivalent.
  • Individuals applying for the Nurse Practitioner Stream, must have a minimum of two (2) years experience in clinical nursing practice.
  • Proof of active practicing nurse registration in Canada is necessary (i.e. proof of registration card). Applicants from other countries may apply, provided they have active practicing registered nurse status in their home country. Payment of International fees will be required of all students from outside Canada. Once enrolled in the program, all students must maintain active practicing nurse registration with the Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island.
  • Upon acceptance into the Master of Nursing program, students must submit a completed up-to-date immunization record, a certified criminal record check, and confirmation of current CPR Certification at the Health Care Provider level.

Application for admission

All documents pertaining to application for admission are to be sent to the Office of the Registrar. All application materials must be received no later than February 15. Please indicate if you are applying to the Thesis Stream or the Nurse Practitioner Steam.

Admission to the Thesis Stream occurs annually.
Admission to the Nurse Practitioner Stream occurs every second year; the next NP intake is July, 2019.

UPEI Application Fee 
Applications to graduate programs must include these fees for the first and any subsequent applications. 

Official transcript(s) (statements of course work and grades obtained) of all academic courses taken at all degree-granting institutions must be submitted.

Three (3) references (at least one from an academic, and at least one from a recent employer), indicating the applicant’s academic and/or professional qualifications and potential for success in a graduate education program, are required. See the program's complete admission requirements for required forms.

Note: For the Nurse Practitioner stream, a reference from the recent employment supervisor must confirm a minimum of two years in clinical nursing practice.

English proficiency

Students are expected to be proficient in the use of English, both written and oral, when they begin their studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. The University requires that certification of such proficiency be presented by applicants whose mother tongue is not English or whose normal language of instruction throughout their education (as recognized by UPEI) was not English. Tests of proficiency acceptable to the University, and the minimum scores that must be obtained, are listed on the English Language Proficiency Requirements page under the Application and Admissions section of the Programs and Courses website. Such students should make arrangements to take the test at least three months before the semester opening date.


A resume/curriculum vitae that includes the following must be submitted:

  • Past educational preparation
  • Employment experience, including level of responsibility
  • Awards and honours
  • Previous involvement with research projects, other projects, publications and/or presentations
  • Continuing education and professional development (e.g. courses, workshops, conferences)
  • Committee work
  • Any other supporting information

Personal statement

  • All applicants are asked to identify and elaborate on their educational and career goals.
  • All applicants are asked to explain reasons for applying to the program and the strengths that you will bring as a graduate student.
  • Thesis students are required to submit a two page summary describing the research project you are interested in completing as part of the thesis component of the MN. This will assist in confirming supervisory availability. 

An interview may be required.  Completed applications for admission to the program must be received by February 15 for summer admission.  Late applications may be considered if space is available. Preference will be given to qualified residents of PEI applying to the program.

Refusal of admission

Admission to the MN Program is a competitive process. Limitations of funds, space, facilities, or personnel may make it necessary for the University, at its discretion, to refuse admission to an otherwise acceptable applicant. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.  

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