Master of Nursing.xml Master of Nursing

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Master of Nursing

Master’s DegreeFull-time, 2 years | Part-time up to 5 years

Programme code



February, July^





Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due


Online *

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)



Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

About this programme

Enhance your capacity to improve patient outcomes and health services.

This programme provides a pathway for registered nurses to demonstrate competence for the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice in order to apply to the NCNZ to become a Nurse Practitioner.

The Master of Nursing is an applied, clinically focused programme through which you'll demonstrate mastery of your specialised area of practice, provide leadership, and practice collaboratively. You'll also be able to demonstrate competence for the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice.

To complete this Master's degree you're required to complete 240 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the courses required for qualification.

Please contact the department before enrolling. Email

*Some courses within this programme include compulsory on-site workshops at the Manawa campus in Christchurch.

Career opportunities

With this qualification you can apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for entry to the Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice.

Study pathways

This degree can pathway to higher level qualifications including doctoral research.

Recommended school subjects

Programme structure

To complete this Master’s Degree you are required to complete 240 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • B average for courses in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Practice (Registered Nurse Prescribing).

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
    • Applicants must be a New Zealand Registered Nurse with a current practising certificate.
    • Applicants must have employer support for their education leading towards the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice.
English requirements
  • If English is not the applicant's first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart. Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact Ara for an assessment.

    * IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.5 in any subtest)

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    The English Language requirements for this programme are higher than the minimum set by NZQA, therefore; applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance may be required to provide evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

Please enrol online using link above

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.