Apply to the Master of Nursing program

General admission requirements

Applicants must apply for a single program option (e.g. APL, NUED, NP Post-Degree, or NUHI). Multiple applications will not be reviewed.

Candidates will be considered for admission under the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Applicants must have completed a Baccalaureate in Nursing (equivalent to the degree offered by the University of Victoria) with at least a B+ (77%) average calculated over the last two years (or equivalent of 30.0 UVic units) of the degree to be considered. Practica, non-graded (pass-fail) courses, credit granted on the basis of life or work experience, or credit earned at institutions not recognized by the University will not be used in determining your grade point average or units completed.

Please Note: Each year the School receives a considerable number of applications for entry into the Master of Nursing program; and thus, the admissions process is a competitive one. Meeting admission requirements does not guarantee entry to the program. Recommendations for admissions are for a particular program option, start date and cannot be deferred. Applicants declining an offer of admission must re-apply.

Verification of registration as an active practicing nurse is required from the regulatory body of the jurisdiction where you live. The equivalent of a minimum of two years' full-time recent nursing practice as a registered nurse, preferably in the chosen area of concentration, is strongly recommended.

Required Pre-requisite Courses 

  1. An upper level (300 or 400) undergraduate statistics course* from a recognized post-secondary educational institute. Must have a final grade of B or higher. Must be completed within 5-years of the applicant's entry point into the program.

  2. For  applicants to the NP option only - An interactive Indigenous cultural safety course for health providers within 5 years of application (e.g., PHSA San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training) 

*The statistics course is required to ensure that you are prepared to successfully engage with and complete the course content in both required MN program research courses. It does not need to be completed upon application to the program.

Please note: Applicants may be accepted conditionally with the expectation that the pre-requisite course(s) are completed by July 31 prior to the September entry to the program. 

How to apply

Applications open: September 1

Application deadline: December 1

Documentation deadline: December 31

Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early, as there is often a delay in obtaining the necessary supporting documents (e.g., references, transcripts). Graduate Admissions is particularly busy and it is advisable to have all supporting documents in as early as possible to avoid a processing delay.

Guidelines for Applicants

The following information is provided to explain and assist applicants in presenting a complete/competitive application. Applicants who have complete applications will be given priority over those applicants who have requirements still in progress. While these suggestions are designed to assist in the completeness of applications, they do not in any way guarantee admission. Due to the competitive nature of the application process, applicants should be aware that a completed application may or may not be competitive in comparison to other applications in any given year. Completeness of the application does not equate with competitiveness of the application.

  1. Apply online using the official online application form.

  2. Employer reference form from someone in a direct supervisory role. (Double Degree applicants only) Double Degree

  3. Baccalaureate Degree. Submit unofficial transcripts of all degree and coursework

  4. Submit evidence of the successful completion of all required prerequisite courses (e.g. unofficial transcripts and/or a copy of your Indigenous Cultural Safety course completion certificate)Assessment Reports (2)

  5. Assessment reports are required from at least one academic reference and the second may be a professional reference or another academic reference who is familiar with your work. The names and email addresses of your chosen assessors are required when you submit your online application. It is important that you contact your referees prior to providing them here in order to confirm their willingness to provide you with an assessment. A letter of reference may also be supplied as part of the assessment report. UVic will send the assessment form information directly to your referees upon submission of your application. Submissions of references will be collected electronically alongside your application information. For more information on these reports visit Graduate Admissions and Records. See Assessment reports in the accordion section:

  6. Personal statement. The personal statement is an important part of the application process and provides a formal sample of the applicant's writing.



    NP and NP Post-degree

    Double Degree

  7. Curriculum vitae. (CV)


  • An in-depth letter must be submitted showing actions taken to strengthen their new application over the previous one. It needs to be typed, double spaced, with normal margins and should be no longer than 2-pages.
  • Updated documents are also required to reflect the actions taken to strengthen the application (e.g. CV, new transcript, etc.)

UVic –BCIT Graduate Pathway

The University of Victoria, School of Nursing and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) have collaborated to create the UVic-BCIT Pathway, a cross-institutional agreement to provide academic preparation for leadership in Speciality Nursing. Students holding a bachelor of nursing degree and a BCIT Advanced Certificate in Specialty Nursing may receive transfer credit to the UVic Master of Nursing program. Qualified applicants will receive 4.5 units of block credit upon admission to the Advanced Practice Leadership or Nurse Educator options. These credits will satisfy the elective course requirements.