Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry)

Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry)

Admission requirements | English requirements | Applying for a master's degree | Costs | Units of study | More information

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The Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program is a two-year degree for students with previous tertiary qualifications who wish to become registered nurses. It is also available for students who have completed an overseas nursing degree, are registered overseas, and after consulting with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, are unable to gain registration as nurses in Australia. The course is extremely competitive and is capped.

It is not a further qualification for registered nurses who wish to pursue a post-registration master's degree.

Read Your Guide to Nursing 2015

Career opportunities

Graduates can select from a wide and growing range of practice areas in both the public and private sectors including acute care hospitals, trauma and emergency, paediatrics, mental health, community nursing, palliative care, aged care and rural and remote settings. Nurses can also work in the pharmaceutical industry and other health related fields.


Revised NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standard
The Board has implemented a revised English language skills registration standard to take effect from 19 September 2011. For detailed information on the new English language requirements for registration, please go to the NMBA website.

Clinical placements

The Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) course requires students to undertake 900+ hours of clinical placements in health care facilities monitored or operated by the NSW Department of Health. More about clinical placements

View the current clinical hours for the MN(Graduate Entry)

Admission requirements

This course is extremely competitive and the course is capped. Only completed applications will be accepted and processed within the application period. Applications close for 2015 intake on the 3rd of October at 5pm.

In addition to meeting academic requirements, candidates are also required to undertake an interview, as well as a literacy and numeracy test.
Candidates who progress to an interview and assessment will be notified directly from the Faculty. Interviews and assessments are conducted progressively through the year and candidates will receive an invitation which will explain the process and provide dates and times.
Applications for 2015 intake close at 5pm, 3rd of October 2014.

  • You must have a previous Australian level bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline other than nursing. However, overseas nursing qualifications are acceptable. Please contact the faculty to discuss this further.
  • Qualifications used as the basis of admission must have been completed within 10 years prior to admission.
  • Qualifications older than 10 years will be considered subject to the applicant providing further information substantiating appropriate further education and development. In these cases, admission will be at the discretion of the Dean. If you do not meet this criterion, you will need to
    undertake a tertiary unit of study prior to admission. Please contact the faculty to discuss this further.
English requirements
  • Whether you are a domestic or an international student, if English is not your first language, you are required to complete an IELTS academic exam. You must achieve a score of 7.0 in each band and an overall score of 7.0. You need to complete your IELTS exam no more than 2 years before you apply for the degree.
  • If you can provide evidence of satisfactory achievement in tertiary study, in which the language of the institution was English, you may not be required to provide further evidence of English proficiency. We require a letter from the Registrar's office of the university stating that: "The language of the institution (instruction, examination and assessment) was English."
  • The faculty defines satisfactory achievement as:
    A.    a degree of three years or more, completed no more than five years prior to admission; or
    B.    a degree of two years or more, completed no more than three years prior to admission.

Applying for a master's degree

Applications must be made online and the closing date for 2015 is at 5pm, 3rd of October 2014. You will also need to upload copies of other documentation as part of your online application process. To assist you, there is a checklist of required documents that you will need.


The Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program is a Commonwealth supported course. The current domestic fee for the Master of Nursing (graduate entry) is $6393 per year. For International students the fee is $29,300 per year.

Domestic Australian citizens can obtain a HECS-HELP loan from the Commonwealth or choose to pay their contributions upfront with a 10% discount. This is calculated twice a year before each semester. A HECS-HELP loan is repaid through the tax system once the student is working and their income reaches a threshold. Domestic permanent residents or New Zealand citizens are required to pay the fees upfront and undiscounted each semester.

Student Services and Amenities fee (SSA Fee)
Students are required to pay $140.50 for full-time study and $105.27 for part-time study each semester. Domestic Australian citizens are eligible to defer all or part of their fees for the relevant year. If you want to defer your fee, you can obtain a SA-HELP loan from the Commonwealth. Domestic permanent residents or New Zealand citizens are required to pay the fees upfront.

Students are required to pay each semester. There may be some increase in fees for 2015. You'll find details about these fees in Sydney Courses/Master of Nursing in the ESSENTIALS column on the right-hand side of this page. In addition, Current information on the cost of a degree for both DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS can be found in the University's Future students website.


The Royal College of Nursing Australia is currently offering the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme and Aged Care Nursing Scholarships for pre-registration students.

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