Admission Requirements

School of Nursing programs are governed by policies of the College of Graduate Studies. Everything you need to know about applying and being admitted to a Master’s or Doctoral program at UBC is available in Application & Admission

To be eligible for admission, an applicant must:

  • Be a Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing.
  • Have a minimum overall average of B+ (76%) standing in third and fourth year levels of their baccalaureate with an A- (80%) in 12 credits of nursing courses.
  • Demonstrate competence to pursue studies in the English language.*

In addition to meeting minimum admission criteria, applicants will be evaluated in relation to:

  • Record of academic and professional achievement.
  • Three (3) letters of reference.
  • Quality and feasibility of the proposed plan of study as described in the application form.

*Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to the College of Graduate Studies are:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum score of 550 (paper version); 90 overall with a minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 21 in Writing & Speaking (Internet version).
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no component score less than 6.0
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): minimum overall score of 85, with a final score of 3 in the speaking test.

Graduate programs may set higher English language proficiency scores than those listed above.

The School of Nursing encourages you to visit the College of Graduate Studies site for comprehensive information on your application.