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The graduate application for Fall 2020 will become available during the third week of October 2019.

About Program

Program Summary

As of September, 2017, We are no longer accepting new students into the RN-MScN entry.

This is an exciting and innovative option offered for the first time in Ontario. The alternate admissions process enables a registered nurse who is a graduate of a diploma or hospital program to fast-track to an MScN program after fulfilling foundational academic requirements.

Potential applicants will be nurses with a diploma and strong academic potential, currently working in leadership positions. Qualified applicants would be admitted to the Faculty of Health as visiting students until they complete the alternate admission requirements of upper-level courses in nursing at the undergraduate level in preparation for graduate study. Students who successfully complete the 30-credit baccalaureate equivalency are not awarded a baccalaureate degree, but are deemed eligible for graduate studies.

Applying for RN to MScN Alternate Admission

To apply for this program, please complete an undergraduate application. Use York's online application since you'll be applying as a visiting student (on the application, select Option 4, and then choose “Health” as the Faculty). Make sure you meet all of the admission requirements below.

The undergraduate program will be offered as a full-time option over three terms and/or as a part-time option over five terms.

Continuation into the Graduate Program

Upon successful completion of the 30 undergraduate credits with a minimum grade of B+, students will be eligible to continue in the MScN program.

Graduate funding

Note that students who continue into the MScN program will not be eligible for graduate entrance scholarships or graduate funding packages. It is imperative that student have funding secured prior to application.

What You Need to Apply

What You Need to Apply

Application Checklist (PDF)
Application Form
Recommendation Form
(Accessed through MyFile; recommendation form will be available within 72 hours after you submit your application.)
Supplementary Information Form (PDF)

Other Requirement(s)
  • One reference must reflect significant contribution to leadership and clinical practice; there must be one academic reference
  • Minimum five years’ work experience as a Registered Nurse in Canada;
  • Registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario;
  • proof of membership and liability protection with the RNAO (needed for NURS 5400);
  • Statement of intent letter;
  • A portfolio, used to determine significant accomplishments to the nursing profession and exceptional promise to be successful in the graduate program.

Completed Application Package means:

  1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
  2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
Mail or courier completed application package to:

York University
Office of Graduate Admissions

P.O. Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3


York University
Office of Graduate Admissions

W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3