The Master of Nursing program seeks to prepare professional nurses for advanced nursing practice in a variety of roles. To this end, the program emphasizes development and acquisition of knowledge and skills in leadership and consultation and in research design, dissemination, and utilization. In addition, students will advance the scientific base for their nursing practice. The program will offer students the opportunity to further develop practice knowledge and skills and to contribute to nursing knowledge through the conduct of research.

1. Glossary of Terms

a) Master of Nursing (MN): degree granted for successful completion of the requirements for the Master of Nursing degree as listed in the regulations.

b) Graduate Studies Committee: a standing committee of the Faculty of Nursing appointed by the Dean and whose mandate is the following:

  • To establish and periodically review the goals and objectives of the graduate studies and research programs of the Faculty of Nursing.
  • To review all applications from prospective graduate students and recommend acceptance or rejection.
  • To make recommendations to the Dean concerning creation, deletion, or modification of graduate programs and courses.
  • To direct the coordination of graduate courses and research in the Faculty of Nursing.
  • To review academic records of graduate students and recommend to the Dean the award of a degree or courses of action in the event of substandard performance.
  • To evaluate, and recommend to the Dean, the faculty to serve as members of the graduate faculty.

c) Graduate faculty: members of the Faculty of Nursing who teach, supervise, and serve on supervisory committees in the graduate program are described herein as graduate faculty.  Assignment of Graduate Faculty status and supervisory role is done in accordance with the policy entitled Graduate Faculty Approval and Supervisory Role (UPEI Policy Number asdmogsacd001) and based on criteria established by the Faculty of Nursing Graduate Studies Committee in consultation with the Office of Graduate Studies. 

From time to time, faculty members with relevant expertise and appropriate qualifications, drawn from other Faculties, may be recommended as graduate faculty. Similarly, Adjunct Professors who are active researchers, with relevant expertise and appropriate qualifications, may be appointed as graduate faculty to co-supervise a graduate student or serve on a graduate student Supervisory Committees as a result of particular expertise related to a particular project. Normally, graduate faculty will hold a Doctorate degree.

d) Coordinator of Graduate Studies: has administrative responsibility for the coordination of graduate programs in the Faculty of Nursing and is Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee.

e) Supervisory Committee: a committee of the Faculty of Nursing responsible for the supervision of a student’s research. Supervisory Committees for a Master’s thesis normally consists of two members with Graduate Faculty appointment in the Faculty of Nursing, one of whom serves as the student’s supervisor. Two Graduate Faculty members may co-supervise student dissertations and theses. Adjunct Faculty who are also members of the Graduate Faculty may serve as co-supervisor for a Master’s thesis or PhD dissertation. If a member of the Supervisory Committee is requested who has an appointment in another UPEI Faculty or at another university, this member must be recommended as Graduate Faculty by the Nursing Graduate Studies Committee and approved by the Dean of Nursing.

f) Description of Graduate Students

Regular Student: A student who has applied to the MN Program and has been accepted to the Thesis or Nurse Practitioner stream.  All MN students will pay program fees in six (6) instalments over a two-year period.  After paying six instalments, students will continue to pay a maintenance fee and full student fees each term until all degree requirements are met.  

Special Student: A special student is not enrolled in a degree or diploma program at UPEI but may apply to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies for permission to register in no more than two Master level courses. In unusual circumstances, a special student may participate in research, but only with the permission of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and of the Dean of Nursing. Graduate courses taken by special students may subsequently be considered for credit towards a graduate degree only with the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee. A student who wishes to register as a special student should contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Nursing before applying for admission.

g) The number of set hours per week:

If the student is employed as a Graduate Student Assistant or a Graduate Teaching Assistant, the number of set hours per week should represent the total time spent on preparative work, reading set assignments, marking examinations, and the like. Faculty of Nursing: 12 hours 

2. Enrolment and Registration

a) Procedures 

Applicants must receive formal notification from the Office of the Registrar that they have been accepted into the program before registering as graduate students.
Before the beginning of the semester, each student shall file in the Office of the Registrar an Academic Registration setting out the program of studies for that semester. The form must be approved by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies before it is submitted.

Student identification cards, which are used for library purposes, are obtained upon initial registration and are validated at the Robertson Library at the beginning of each subsequent semester. Loss or theft of an identification card must be reported.

b) Registration Changes

Changes in registration (deletion or addition of courses) must be approved by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. A proposal to add a course must bear the signature of the instructor concerned.

Except where credits are granted for courses taken at other universities, credits will be given only for courses listed on the registration form or authorized through an official change of registration.

c) Continuity of Registration

Graduate students must be registered in each semester in which they are actively engaged in course work or in the research program; that is, whenever they are making use of University facilities or personnel, in connection with their work.

Once admitted to the program, normally each student is required to register for, and complete, at least one course in each semester. For the purpose of these regulations, the term semester includes, in addition to first and second semester as defined in the calendar, the period from May to August in each year as a third semester. In exceptional circumstances, this requirement may be waived by the Dean. A student who fails to register as required will be considered to have withdrawn from the MN program and will be required to apply formally for readmission.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, a regular student may make prior arrangements, with the approval of the Faculty and of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and after consultation with the Registrar’s Office, to pursue full-time studies at another approved university for a period of time. A student may also make application to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and obtain approval from the Graduate Studies Committee and the Dean of the Faculty for a leave of absence from the program in which the student is enrolled. Normally, up to one year (three semesters) of leave may be granted.

Candidates must be registered in the semester in which they complete the requirements for the degree. Normally, students must complete the Master degree within four years of first registering in the program.

d) Cancellation of Registration

A student who wishes to withdraw from the program is expected to consult with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies prior to completing the "withdrawal form" at the Office of the Registrar.

In the event that a Master student fails to obtain satisfactory standings or to make satisfactory progress either in course work or in research, the Dean on the advice of the Graduate Studies Committee may require the student to withdraw.

3.  Supervision

a) Faculty Supervision

The student's program is established and progress kept under review by the Graduate Studies Committee. The day-to-day responsibility for overseeing the student's program will rest with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee.
b) Academic Credit from Outside the Program

Credit for graduate level courses taken prior to admission to the MN program will be considered on an individual basis upon admission to the program.

Students, upon the recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee and subsequent written approval of the Dean of Nursing, may take and receive credit towards the thesis Master of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degree up to six semester hours of course work outside of the program. The arrangements for these courses must be made through the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and the Registrar's Office. Credit granted for course work completed outside of UPEI will not result in a reduction in the required MN or MN Nurse Practitioner program fee.
c) Review of Progress

At the end of each semester, the academic record and progress of each student will be reviewed by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee, and a report thereon will be submitted by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies to the Dean of Nursing, with a copy to the Office of Graduate Studies.   If a student fails a course or a required examination, the Graduate Studies Committee will recommend appropriate action to the Dean of Nursing. Only by authority of the Dean of Nursing may a further privilege of any kind be extended.
4.  Grades Schedule

  • INC: A student who fails to complete all components of a course, such as assignments, examinations and fieldwork, due to circumstances beyond his/her control (such as illness) may, with the permission of the professor and the Dean, be granted an amount of time deemed reasonable for the completion of said components. If a student does not complete all the components of a course by the agreed-upon date, normally a failing grade shall replace INC on the transcript. Nevertheless, in cases where the component left incomplete was not a requirement for passing the course and where the student already has earned a passing grade without completing the component, the passing grade shall be submitted and shall replace INC on the transcript.
  • AUD: an "audited" course (additional courses only)
  • DISC: discontinued with permission

Seminar courses are graded as numerical grades. In the thesis, the work is reported as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

5.  The Master of Nursing Thesis

a) Research

Normally, students complete the course work and research to fulfill the thesis requirement within two years. In order to complete the degree within a reasonable time frame, the research topic should be identified early in the student's program and approved by the student’s supervisory committee. Research involving human subjects must be approved by the University's Research Ethics Committee.

b) Retention/Maintenance of Records

In the interests of good scholarly practice and in order to substantiate claims of intellectual property, graduate students should keep complete, dated records of their research. These records may be in the form of bound notebooks, log books, or other documentation, as appropriate to the discipline. Students should also retain copies of significant drafts and notes, and of all material submitted for evaluation, presentation, publication, or by the way of informal contribution to collaborative research projects. They must also realize that raw data and other research results should remain accessible at all times to all other members of any collaborative research activity.

c) Unacceptable Thesis

If a candidate is unable to prepare an acceptable thesis, the Supervisory Committee will so report to the Graduate Studies Committee and to the Dean. 

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