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Master of Science in Nursing (MScN)

| Program Overview | Program Philosophy | Program Statement |

Program Overview

mscnYork University’s unique Master of Science in Nursing program was developed in response to changing attitudes towards the practice of nursing. With an innovative teaching approach that focuses on cultivating human relationships, it is perfectly positioned to respond to these challenges and will prepare you to be an influential voice in this important time of transition. York answers a growing demand for healthcare services and practitioners that focus on the experiences of human beings in a way that respects patients' values and choices about health and quality of life. This recognizes that every patient has a personal story.

Full-time students complete their degree in 4 terms (16 months). With part-time studies, you can achieve the same in three years.  Starting September 2015 the generic program will require 5 terms (20 Months) to complete full-time or 8 terms (32 months) to complete.

The core courses include a six-credit theoretical/philosophical foundations of nursing, three research courses (a total of nine course credits), and a three-credit advanced nursing practicum, in which students are encouraged to focus their learning in one of the following areas of faculty expertise: teaching-learning in nursing; nursing theory-based, evidence informed practice; community and global health; and leadership.

Students in the thesis option will take four core courses (the six-credit foundations course, six course credits in research (including qualitative and quantitative methods), and the three-credit advanced nursing practicum course) plus one elective, and, in addition, will complete a thesis.  The course-based program consists of 4.5 full course equivalents, including five core courses and three electives (minimum).  Some students will take additional electives to support their overall career objectives.

Overall Objectives of the Program

The School of Nursing’s Graduate Program expects the following outcomes from MScN graduates: knowledge generation and creative expressions of scholarship, critical analysis of theory/literature and experience, leadership in advanced nursing practice, reflective and transformative practice, and evaluation of outcomes within a philosophy consistent with human science values. We believe that it is necessary to understand and critique the social, cultural, and political contexts in which individual, group, community, and global health is lived. It is important to challenge systemic values, assumptions, and structures that limit possibilities for human health and healing. Nurses care for whole persons in the human health experience, which is embodied and holistic. Our graduates develop, apply, and critique knowledge. They also advance excellence of caring-healing modalities, as well as holistic and integrative practices, within nursing.

Program Philosophy

Nursing from a broader perspective

York's MScN program, philosophically aligned with the human science tradition, makes a distinct departure from conventional nursing curricula. It draws on multiple theoretical perspectives on nursing that focus on human experiences and the meanings, patterns, and themes that emerge in human living. The program is rooted in Nightingale and builds on Em Bevis's and Jean Watson's idea of a caring curriculum, which sees nursing as the knowledge and practice of human caring. This philosophy* is lived within all aspects of our curriculum, both process and content. We believe that:

  • Health and healing are unique expressions of harmony and wholeness within and between human beings and the world in which they live.
  • Human health and healing are co-created through intentional caring-healing relationships between nurses and people.
  • All people have the capacity and right to make choices about their ways of living and learning, and their health.
  • Nursing education should focus on inquiry into the human experiences of health and healing, as well as the creative, integrative and expressive forms of caring-healing enacted in nursing practice.
  • Nurses have a professional and ethical responsibility to influence, advocate and support healthy public policy and progressive institutional practices.

Program Statement

The following program statement builds on and extends the philosophy of the School of Nursing by articulating the mission of the MScN program in relation to its three foci: advanced practice, teaching-learning, and leadership.

As a community of teachers and learners, we constantly strive to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through excellence in research, education of nurses, and service, acknowledging that nursing is a professional practice discipline. We believe in a diversity of pedagogical approaches that fosters awareness within relationships, personal transformation, and social change. We believe in education that is accessible, progressive, and offered in different formats that are pedagogically sound, provide choices for students and prepare them to achieve professional and scholarly excellence. We value the contributions of students and teachers who bring their experience, knowledge, and skills to the development and practice of nursing. We educate toward professional leadership and innovation, which includes taking risks and following one’s beliefs within a moral, legal, and ethical framework.

Updated on March 26th, 2015.