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Nursing Graduate Program Open House 

October 13th, 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 912 4195 6005
Passcode: 953125

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October 21st, 1:30pm
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Nursing Graduate Program Applications

Applications for Fall 2023, will open October 11th, 2022 and close January 15th, 2023. 

Please email for questions or concerns.

MSc Course Based PHCNP

Master of Science in Nursing by Course Work/Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner


BScN prepared applicants who wish a Master’s (course based) degree leading to a PHCNP. 

Admission Requirements

Please review all application requirements below. All documents should be uploaded into your online application.

The appropriate foundation for graduate level entry is a professional degree. Candidates must comply with the School of Graduate Studies Regulations for the M.Sc. degrees.

The specific admission requirements are:

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (60 units taken at a university) with a minimum of the equivalent of a McMaster B+ average over the final 60 units from an undergraduate nursing program, or its equivalent. Applicants who are graduates of a baccalaureate nursing degree program for registered nurses and who have between 50 and 59 units of university study will be considered on a case-by-case basis. These 60 units will not include advanced credit for college courses.
  2. Submit one official transcript of academic work completed to date, sent directly from the issuing institution. This document can be sent electronically to or the Nursing Graduate Office. Please include any additional course work. Please note that non-English transcripts must be translated and notarized. Please submit an unofficial transcript in your online application. 
  3. Submit two academic references (See Grad FAQ for details on academic versus clinical references. McMaster University uses the Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your Academic referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf.
  4. Submit two clinical references, references should be someone who has known you in a professional context. McMaster University uses the Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your ​clinical referees through the online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf.​
  5. Submit Verification of Employment Hours. Two years of full time nursing practice within the past five years (3640 hours) is required to begin the program. If you are not yet at 3,640 hours at the application deadline, please reach out to our office at  Please download the form herePlease note: applicants are not allowed to submit this document - this document can be submitted on your behalf by HR via email to 
  6. Submit a Curriculum Vitae, please upload this document directly in the online application.
  7. Submit personal essay respond to the four questions found here related to your suitability for the PHCNP program and ​answer directly in the online application. Answers should be limited to one page per a question, single spaced. 
  8. Submit Health Professional Requirements. Please upload these documents directly in the online application. Evidence of health professional requirements include: copy of Ontario RN license/registration or renewal.

If English is not your native language, an official copy of a TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is needed. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is required. IELTS minimum score 7.0.


With an understanding that Indigenous learners can face specific barriers or challenges when pursuing higher education, schools and programs within McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences have facilitated admissions streams for applicants with Indigenous North American (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) ancestry. This process is intended to provide equitable access to Indigenous applicants and aligns with the intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. Applicants wishing to apply through McMaster’s FIAP need to complete the supplementary self-identification application in addition to  McMaster university and program specific application processes. All Indigenous applicants who meet the admission criteria will be considered within an Indigenous applicant cohort.

Full details are found on the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Website:


Baccalaureate Nursing, minimum B+ average, 3,640 hours of RN employment hours


Year 1

SGS 101 and SGS 201

Indigenous Health ​Module Milestone

NUR 706 (Achieving Quality Patient Care Through Applied Research and Evaluation)

NUR 707 (Foundations of Nursing Leadership)

NUR 712 Evidence Based Health Care​

One elective half course (approved by advisor and Assistant Dean of the Nursing Graduate Program )

NUR 766 Roles and Responsibilities

Year 2

NUR 761 Pathophysiology
NUR 762 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis 1
NUR 763 Advanced health Assessment and Diagnosis II
NUR 764 Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
NUR 765 Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II
NUR 767 Integrative Practicum in Primary Health Care


Requirements for Degree Completion

Program timeline

Students register full time and complete the program over the course of 24 months.

This program is not offered part time. 

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Graduate Application Deadline

January 15

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