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Master of Nursing Science

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Eastern Institute of Technology


Master of Nursing Science programme will build on knowledge, skills and attributes which registered nurses have gained in their undergraduate degrees and subsequent professional practice.

The programme is designed to meet the needs of registered nurses who are seeking postgraduate study to prepare them for a variety of advanced nursing practice, nursing education, policy, management and other leadership roles.

The Master of Nursing Science is a 180-credit programme (one and a half years full-time or three years part-time) which enables registered nurses to further develop their knowledge and skills for professional practice.

As a graduate of the programme you will be equipped with expanded nursing knowledge, refined skills for evidence-based practice, and enhanced clinical judgment and research skills which will enable you to deliver advanced nursing practice, nursing education and leadership.

The Master of Nursing Science is a Level 9 qualification of 180 credits with either:

90 credits at level 8 plus 90 credits at level 9, or
120 credits at level 8 plus 60 credits at level 9

We recommend that you take the opportunity to discuss your study options with the School of Nursing Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator, prior to enrolment, to help ensure that you select the most appropriate pathway to meet your career goals.

Your future career and study opportunities

The Master of Nursing Science programme is specifically designed to prepare nurses for advanced specialty practice, leadership, education and/or Doctoral study.

Entry criteria

The academic entry requirement for the Master of Nursing Science is one of the following:

A NZQF-listed Bachelor’s or higher degree in Nursing (or equivalent) with a minimum of the equivalent to a B average as per the EIT | Te Pūkenga-specified 11-point achievement-based grading system; or
At the discretion of EIT | Te Pūkenga, where an applicant’s situation is compelling but not covered by the requirements listed above.

Progression to Level 9 courses is dependent upon satisfactory academic progress.

Applicants from countries in which English is not the primary spoken language must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. Ways in which English language fluency may be demonstrated include:

  • Completion of a programme of study in which English was the language of instruction (conditions apply*); or
  • Approved scores on IELTS tests, namely an Academic score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0 achieved in a single test within the preceding year (or accepted international equivalents).

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