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Admissions FAQS

Don’t see your question here? Check the Graduate Studies Admissions FAQ for more information about admissions and the application process..

When are your Information Sessions?

Our Master of Nursing information sessions are a great place to learn more about the program, meet some of our outstanding Faculty and Staff, and get answers to all of your questions.  

Information Sessions are generally held once annually and take place in the fall.

To find confirmed Session dates and times, please check the Info Sessions page.

How long is the program?

It depends on which program you choose, and whether you enroll as full-time or part-time.

The Master of Nursing Course Stream is offered on a full time or part time basis. Full time students have up to 5 terms to complete the requirements; part time students have up to 9 terms or 3 years.

The Master of Nursing Thesis Stream is a full time program that normally requires 2 years to complete.

The Combined Master of Nursing/Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program is offered as full-time or part-time.  Full-time students have a maximum of 2 years to complete the program; part-time students have 4.

The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program is full-time; students have up to 3 years to complete program requirements.

How much does it cost?

Tuition fees in the Masters of Nursing and PHCNP Certificate programs are course-based, so they’ll depend on the number of courses that you take per term. 

As a student of the School of Graduate Studies, ancillary fees also apply to cover health benefits, access to the athletic centre, and more. 

To determine the overall tuition cost of your program, multiply the number of required degree or certificate courses by the tuition amount found on the detailed Fees Information page.

The approximate total domestic tuition cost for the MN Course Stream Program is $12,500 plus ancillary fees.  Total tuition for International students is approximately $33,000 plus ancillary fees.

What kind of funding is available?

As a student in Ryerson’s Master of Nursing program, you’ll have access to a variety of internal and external funding opportunities. 

Internal Funding: includes graduate scholarships, graduate awards & teaching assistant positions for MN students, as well as general funding for Ryerson Graduate Students. 

External Funding: includes funding from nursing organizations, Ontario Graduate Scholarships, and the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities’ Tuition Waiver program. 

Find out about these and other funding opportunities here.

What is the difference between full-time and part-time studies?

In the Master of Nursing Course Stream, students registered as full-time must enroll in a minimum of two courses per term. Part-time students must register in a minimum of one course per term.

Students enrolled in the Thesis-based option are classified as full-time; their status does not depend on the number of courses taken in a term or a year.

The combined Master of Nursing/Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program is offered as full-time or part-time.  The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate is a full-time program.

Do you offer Distance Education in Graduate Nursing?

No. Graduate Nursing program seminars and classes are taught face-to-face at Ryerson; we do not offer distance education. 

When is the admissions deadline?

Complete applications received by the posted first-consideration deadline date (normally January 19) are given priority for admissions and funding.

The program will continue to consider applications until the program is full or formally closes, which is normally in early June.  Find out whether the program is still open here.

What are the minimum admission requirements?

Admissions requirements are different for each of our programs:

Admission to all programs is competitive; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. 

I don't meet the minimum requirements. Can I still apply?

Admission to our programs is highly competitive. 

A minimum overall B standing in your undergraduate degree is the minimum required for admission into any program in Ryerson’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies.  Graduate nursing programs have their own specific admissions requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

We do not currently recognize or facilitate any pre-entry program upgrading of undergraduate grades.

Can I apply now, while I'm completing my BScN?

Yes. If you meet the minimum academic requirements, you can apply in the last year of your Baccalaureate.

If your application is successful, you’ll be given a conditional acceptance until you send us your final transcripts.

Can I apply as an International Student?

Yes.

International applicants are required to meet the same admission requirements and deadlines as all other applicants. If your undergraduate degree is not from a Canadian institution, your educational background will be assessed for equivalency to the program-specific Admissions Requirements.

You will need proof of current registration or proof of registration eligibility with the College of Nurses of Ontario.  A letter from the CNO indicating your eligibility to write the licensing exam is an essential part of your application for admission.

I graduated from my Baccalaureate quite a while ago. Do I need an Academic Reference from a professor who taught me back then?

Two Letters of Recommendation are required for each application:

  • An Academic Letter (e.g., from a professor/lecturer who taught you during your previous degree and who can speak to your academic abilities)
  • A Professional Letter from a supervisor who is familiar with your professional accomplishments (e.g., leadership, contribution to nursing, involvement in professional organizations) or a second Academic Letter

If you graduated more than 5 years ago, you can substitute the Academic Letter with a second professional Letter.  Find full details in our Application Guide and Checklist. [PDF]

When will I find out if I've been admitted?

If you submit your complete application by the first consideration deadline, you can expect to hear back from us generally around mid- to late- March.

Admission decision notifications for applications submitted after the first consideration deadline are on a rolling basis and generally take up to 12 to 14 weeks from the date of submission.

You can monitor the status of your application through your student centre in RAMSS and through the Applicant Upload portal.

Can I enroll as an unclassified student and take a course?

No, you have to be enrolled in the Master of Nursing program to take courses.

Can I start the program in January?

No. Ryerson Graduate Nursing programs start in September. We do not offer January admissions.

Deferrals are not permitted.