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Athabasca University

Master of Nursing: Generalist and
Master of Nursing: Nurse Practitioner
Admission Requirements

By the application deadline, applicants for admission to both streams in the MN program must be registered nurses who are graduates of a four-year Canadian (or equivalent) baccalaureate degree program in nursing from an accredited/recognized university.

Applicants to the MN:GEN stream require a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their final 30 credits of graduate or undergraduate study.

Applicants in the MN:NP stream require a minimum GPA of 3.2 in their final 30 credits of graduate or undergraduate study. MN:NP applicants must have obtained recently, a minimum of 5,000 verified hours of full-time equivalent direct clinical practice as a registered nurse prior to application. Applicants without a BN or BScN are not eligible to apply to the MN:NP program.

Admission to the Faculty of Health Disciplines Master's programs is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission to the program.

To calculate your Graduate Admission GPA (the GPA AU will use for your entry into the program), please visit the Graduate Admission GPA page on the Faculty of Health Disciplines website.

Please note: Athabasca University is currently unable to accept applications from British Columbia for the Master of Nursing: Nurse Practitioner and Post-Masters Diploma: Nurse Practitioner programs. Unfortunately, due to the limited availability of clinical placements in the province, students are unable to complete program requirements. AU’s Faculty of Health Disciplines is working with the B.C. Ministry of Health to resolve this issue and plans to resume admission of B.C.-based students as soon as the practicum situation improves.

For RNs with a degree other than a BN or BScN applying to the MN:GEN program

For those applicants without a baccalaureate degree in nursing, the following courses (or their equivalent) must be successfully completed before admission to the MN:GEN program:

Non-Program Entrance Requirements

To be successful in graduate courses, non-program students should have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 undergraduate or graduate course work.

Non-program students must meet the following application requirements:

  • A four-year health-related baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  • Students seeking to refresh their practice as a Nurse Practitioner must hold a Master of Nursing and have graduated from a recognized Nurse Practitioner Education program.
  • Students seeking to add a Family All Ages designation to their Nurse Practitioner license must hold a Master of Nursing and an active Nurse Practitioner license.

These requirements must be met by the application deadlines.

English Language Proficiency

There are minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements allowed for admission to a graduate program at Athabasca University. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Updated June 07 2021 by laurab

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