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Entry requirements

Applicants must have one of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade average of B over the 300 level courses
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing, with a minimum B grade average
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing, with a minimum B grade average

Applicants must have all of the following:

  • New Zealand Nursing Council registration (or equivalent)
  • Have completed at least two years of professional experience in a relevant nursing specialty within the previous five years

Full details can be viewed on the regulation tab.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

If you have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing or Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing within the past 10 years, you may apply to cross-credit up to 60 credits or 120 credits, respectively.

NZ Nursing council requires that if your qualification is from an overseas institution (other than Australia) you will need to have it authenticated and assessed by NZQA before credit can be awarded.

Students cross credited with 60 credits must complete all remaining requirements within four calendar years.

Students cross credited with 120 credits must complete all remaining requirements within three calendar years.


Students who commenced the programme in 2016 or earlier and have completed at least 30 credits may be permitted course substitution beyond the normal limits.

Transition arrangements expire 31 December 2020.

Planning your programme

The Master of Nursing may be awarded with a class of honours for students who complete with sufficient merit within two years of full-time study or within five years of part-time study.

Maximum time-frame for completion of this qualification is six years.

Students must achieve at least a B grade average over the courses completed in Part One to progress to Part Two.

Students who do not meet this minimum standard may be exited with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing.


Postgraduate courses in Nursing are delivered in 'block mode' with face-to-face teaching in on-campus blocks, web-based teaching, relevant readings and other study material. This makes the courses available to students in employment and located at a distance from the university.

Master of Nursing structure

Students are required to complete a total of 240 credits, including compulsory courses listed in part one, as shown in the programme schedule below.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

The Master of Nursing

A) All of the courses listed below (90 credits)

168.728 Clinical Assessment and Decision-Making (pre/co-requisite course 168.733)
168.733 Physiology and Pathophysiology
168.734 Clinical Pharmacology (pre-requisite course 168.733)

B) At least 30 credits from the courses listed below:

168.711 Health Research Design and Method (restricted against 168.810)
168.713 Evidence Based Practice

C) At least 60 credits from the courses listed below:

168.860 Prescribing for Nurse Practitioner Practice (minimum B grade required in pre-requisite courses 168.734 and 168.728)
168.861 Clinical Project (restricted against 168.851)
168.890 Research Report (minimum B grade in pre-requisite course 168.810 required)

D) Elective courses (maximum 60 credits):

168.703 Managing Lifelong Conditions
168.709 Contemporary Trends in Clinical Teaching and Learning
168.712 Pain Management (pre-requisite course 168.733)
168.714 Advanced Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention in Mental Health
168.717 Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Professional Practice
168.718 Clinical Specialty: Family Practice
168.719 Clinical Specialty: Older Persons’ Health
168.720 Clinical Specialty: Mental Health
168.721 Maori-Centred Practice
168.722 Wound Management (pre/co-requisite course 168.733)
168.724 Primary Health Care Nursing
168.731 Leadership in Nursing
168.750 Registered Nurse Prescribing Practicum * (minimum B grade required in pre-requisite courses)
128.706 Micro-macro Ergonomics
152.742 Health Systems Management
152.746 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management
252.701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health
128.706 Micro-macro Ergonomics

* *168.750 Nursing Council requires you to have completed three years’ equivalent full-time practice in the area of practice being prescribed in. You may need to upload a revised CV ensuring your practice areas are fully detailed, before you will be approved into this course.

Note: not all papers are available in each semester.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss their programme structure with the MN Programme Coordinator to ensure that their needs are being fully met.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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