Take the next step in your nursing career

Massey’s Master of Nursing (MN) prepares you for a range of clinical leadership roles in specialty areas, education, management or research. You’ll develop advanced knowledge and skills in your field of study through a mix of theoretical and clinical courses.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 240
  • Duration

  • 2 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.

Note: This programme is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021. Students are required to provide details of their vaccination status on enrolment.

Most students undertaking postgraduate study in nursing are in full-time practice and study part-time.

Several postgraduate nursing courses are delivered via distance learning or ‘block mode’. There is also web-based teaching, relevant readings and other study material. This is designed to make the courses available to students in employment and located at a distance from the university. 

Develop your practice

Students like you initially enrol in the postgraduate certificate to develop clinical knowledge and skills. You then study towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing. Or, you can progress to a Master of Nursing as preparation for advanced practice roles and/or Nurse Practitioner registration.

Learn from the best in your field

You’ll learn from academics and professional clinicians who are highly experienced registered nurses. Their expertise in practice and research drives the development of relevant, up-to-date course content, teaching and assessment of your work.

You’ll be supported all the way

Along with contact with your lecturers, learning consultants in the Centre for Teaching and Learning are available to support your study and academic writing skills. Massey libraries have a subject librarian who supports you on campus or if you are studying via distance.

Nurse practitioner pathway

The Nurse Practitioner pathway is embedded in the Master of Nursing (MN) programme. See the ‘Professional requirements’ section under the ‘Courses and planning’ tab under for more information.

Careers and further study


The Master of Nursing (MN) degree prepares nurses for advanced practice roles. Our graduates work as:

  • nurse practitioners
  • nurse prescribers
  • clinical nurse specialists
  • clinical nurse educators
  • Registered Nurse (RN) prescriber
  • nursing leadership roles such as director of nursing, clinical nurse managers, nurse researchers, nurse advisors.

Nurse practitioner

Nurse practitioners have advanced education, clinical training and the demonstrated competence and legal authority to practice beyond the level of a registered nurse. Nurse practitioners work autonomously and in collaborative teams. They provide a wide range of assessment and treatment interventions, ordering and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests, and prescribing medicines.

To become a nurse practitioner you must:

  • be a registered nurse
  • have four years of practice experience in your area of expertise, and
  • complete the Master of Nursing which includes the Prescribing for Nurse Practitioner Practice practicum.

RN prescriber

The prescribing of medicines complements other activities that registered nurses contribute to the clinical management of people with longterm and common conditions. As a regulated health practitioner with prescribing authority you are accountable for the prescribing decisions you make.

To register with Nursing Council as an RN prescriber in primary health and speciality teams you will complete four 30 point courses that are determined by Nursing Council and include; physiology and pathophysiology, assessment and clinical reasoning, clinical pharmacology and a prescribing practicum.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


To enter the Master of Nursing programme you will have been awarded or qualified for a:

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

You will also:

  • be a registered nurse (enrolled nurses are not eligible) with a practising certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand
  • have completed at least two years of professional experience in a relevant nursing specialty within the previous five years.

You will provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

The New Zealand 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.

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

240 credits

  • Part One compulsory courses – 120 credits
  • Part One courses selected from the Schedule – 60 credits
  • Part Two advanced practice or research course – 60 credits

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

There are regulations around completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two.

Courses for this programme

Part One (180 credits from)

Compulsory courses

60 credits
168733 Physiology and Pathophysiology 30
168734 Clinical Pharmacology 30

Compulsory course selection

30 credits
168714 Advanced Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention in Mental Health 30
168728 Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making 30

Compulsory course selection

30 credits
168711 Health Research Design and Method 30
168713 Evidence-Based Practice 30

Elective courses

60 credits
152742 Health Systems Management 30
152746 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management 30
168702 Issues in Nursing 30
168703 Managing Long Term Conditions 30
168709 Contemporary Clinical Teaching 30
168712 Pain Management 30
168714 Advanced Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention in Mental Health 30
168717 Applied Ethics for Professional Practice 30
168719 Clinical Specialty: Older Persons' Health 30
168720 Clinical Specialty: Mental Health 30
168721 Māori Centred Practice 30
168722 Wound Management 30
168724 Primary Health Care Nursing 30
168728 Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making 30
168731 Leadership in Nursing 30
168750 Registered Nurse Prescribing Practicum 30
168796 Health and Well-being of Children and Young People 30
168802 Advanced Topics in Nursing 30
252701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health Practitioners 30

Part Two (60 credits from)

Core courses

168860 Prescribing and Advanced Practice for Nurse Practitioners 60
168861 Clinical Project for Nurses 60
168890 Research Report 60

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Master of Nursing is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second. Read the regulations for this programme to find out more.

For progression from Part One to Part Two, you must achieve a B grade average over the courses in Part One.

You are strongly encouraged to discuss your programme structure with the Master of Nursing Programme Coordinator to ensure that your needs are being fully met.

For information on the Master of Nursing (MN) pathway for Nurse Practitioner (NP) application see ‘Professional requirements’.

If you have any questions contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Professional requirements

Master of Nursing (MN) Final Year pathway for Nurse Practitioner (NP) training

  • The final year NP pathway is embedded in the Master of Nursing (MN) programme already approved by CUAP and the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ)
  • The entry point to the final step of the pathway is a relevant postgraduate diploma (see entry criteria) and the completion point is a Master of Nursing (MN)
  • Nurses entering into the final NP MN year will have completed at least a postgraduate diploma that includes the Nursing Council pre-requisite courses of; advanced assessment and clinical decision making, clinical pharmacology and pathophysiology. Please see the following information from the Nursing Council.

To enrol in the Massey University FYNP

  • evidence of a clinical nursing postgraduate diploma qualification with B average or higher
  • written confirmation from employer indicating support for you to enrol in the NP final year programme, release for clinical supervision time
  • a written agreement from a prescribing health professional such as a nurse practitioner or medical provider to provide one to one clinical supervision
  • a named nurse practitioner mentor.

Nurses on the NP pathway must have already completed the following postgraduate courses:

  • 168.728 Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making or 168.714 Advanced Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention in Mental Health
  • 168.733 Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • 168.734 Clinical Pharmacology
  • 168.713 Evidence-Based Practice (or variation) or 168.711 Health Research Design and Method, and
  • a further two elective courses.

The final step is the Master of Nursing course:

  • 168.860 Prescribing and Advanced Practice for Nurse Practitioners (300 hours clinical practicum component) - 60 credits

After you have finished the masters degree you must apply to the Nursing Council, pay the fee and submit all portfolios, etc before you can become a Nurse Practitioner.

Contact us

For more information on the nurse practitioner programme contact us through the Enquire button on this page.


Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • want to take your registered nurse career to the next level
  • seek to develop your professional practice
  • strive to make a major contribution to people’s health and wellbeing.

Meet our students

Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking Nursing

Massey nursing is ranked in the world's top 150 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

ShanghaiRanking - nursing

Massey University is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world and second in New Zealand in the subject area of nursing by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

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Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships