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Master of Nursing

Applications for Winter 2020 are now closed.

The University of Calgary in Qatar offers a course-based Master of Nursing program, focus in leadership. The course-based program is a two-year full time program requiring full time work release. Local nurses who graduate from the program will be qualified to take on leadership and management roles within the workplace.

The University of Calgary in Qatar will be offering a Masters in Nursing (MN) program clinical stream. The focus will be on the study of pathophysiologic phenomena with the integration of basic principles of pharmacology into clinical content and into the clinical context as it relates to disease states currently prevalent in Qatar. Students will further have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills related to decision-making and case management of adult patients as they go through various disease states.

The University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) offers a thesis-based program. Thesis-based students work closely with current UCQ research projects which align with their own research interests.

Students interested in the thesis-based program are encouraged to meet with the UCQ Graduate Program Coordinator.

Admission requirements:

  1. A bachelor's/baccalaureate degree in nursing from a recognized post-secondary institution
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 ("B" average) or above. The diploma GPA for those students who have completed a post-diploma bachelor's degree will also be considered.
  3. Successful completion of one undergraduate course in research methodology (both qualitative and quantitative)*
  4. Successful completion of one undergraduate course in statistics
  5. Qatar citizenship or residency
  6. Qualify for scholarship and work release
  7. English proficiency (any one of the following)
    • Completion of an undergraduate degree from a designated English speaking country
    • Completion of UCQ Bachelor of Nursing
    • Completion of UCQ English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program
    • Minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or minimum TOEFL score of 97 (students can register for the IELTS exam at the College of the North Atlantic or the British Council)

Preferred attributes

  1. Preference will normally be given to Qatari applicants who meet admission requirements, although Qatari permanent residents are also encouraged to apply
  2. A preferred minimum of two years (full time or equivalent) clinical experience in a relevant nursing field
  3. Capacity to speak Arabic fluently

Prospective students are required to apply for admission to the University of Calgary in Qatar. Recommendations for admission must be approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary (Calgary, Canada).

Additional Pre-requisites

Applicants will be expected to achieve a minimum of a "B" in an undergraduate academic reading and writing course in the fall semester prior to official admission into the MN program. This requirement may be waived for native English speakers.

Please note that only complete applications with all required documentation will be considered. Please include the application and documentation in a single submission.

  • Copy of nursing degree certificate or parchment (not required for UCQ graduates)
  • Copy of nursing transcript and transcripts for ALL post-secondary institutions attended except for UCQ in English (and original language if applicable)
    • Transcripts must include number of credit hours and grades received
    • A statement of marks is required for all degrees from India
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of Qatar ID
  • CV or resume
    • List employment experience, including name of agency and clinical area/responsibilities and dates and employment hours
    • List any publications and/or scholarly works and any academic awards or achievements
    • List professional or community involvements you have had over the past five years
  • Two official references
    • Professional reference - to be completed by a supervisor or director
    • Academic reference - to be completed by an instructor (if unable to get an academic reference, UCQ will accept a second professional reference)

      Please read the directions on the template carefully:

      Reference Letter Template

  • Statement of intent or personal statement (1-2 pages)
    • Describe your professional experience as a nurse to date and how this preparation has prepared you for future education
    • What are your reasons for seeking advanced preparation
    • What has led you to apply for this particular graduate program
    • What are your goals upon completion of the program
    • Any additional information you wish to provide to the admissions committee
      *This personal declaration will offer the admission committee evidence of your knowledge, commitment, and the experience that you hold as you pursue advanced preparation in nursing.

If you did not attend UCQ, you will also need to provide:

  • Proof of English proficiency (IELTS score 7.0 or TOEFL score of 97)
  • Detailed course outline of research methodology course(s) if taken
  • Detailed course outline of statistics course(s) if taken
  • Detailed Course Outline Example

*Official documents will only be required if admission to the university is successful.

For specific program/admissions related questions please contact Student Services at

Full program details can be found under the Master of Nursing section under Current Students.

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