Application Help Guide

The following information will assist you in completing the application form.

Application Fee

The application fee for the Master of Psychiatric Nursing program is $100. Please make the cheque out to Brandon University and submit the cheque with the MPN application.

Application for admission to the Master of Psychiatric Nursing program also requires admission to Brandon University. If you have not previously attended Brandon University, you will need to complete a separate form and pay a separate fee for admission to Brandon University. Information about admission to Brandon University can be obtained online.

Questions about admission to Brandon University can be directed to:

Admissions Office
Room 104, A.E. McKenzie Building
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB
R7A 6A9

Educational Background

A relevant undergraduate degree is required for admission. The undergraduate degree must include a research methods course and a statistics course. If the statistics course and research methods courses are not clearly identifiable on your transcript, please include a course description with this application. If you have questions about the suitability of the courses, please contact the Coordinator of the MPN program to discuss further.

University Transcripts

Submission of transcripts differs for students who have, and have not attended Brandon University.

Applicants who have not been admitted to Brandon University

If you are applying for admission to Brandon University, transcripts will be submitted with your application to Brandon University.

Applicants who have previously attended Brandon University

You will not need to submit a transcript from Brandon University. However, official transcripts for subsequent courses / programs taken at other institutions must be submitted with this application.

Curriculum Vitae / Resumé

The Curriculum Vitae / Resumé should include:

    • Educational preparation;
    • Employment experience, indicating level of responsibility;
    • Community service, including involvement in professional associations;
    • Awards and honours
    • Research projects and publications;
    • Continuing education;
    • Innovation in clinical practice; and
    • Any other supporting information.

Evidence of Expertise in Psychiatric Nursing

A strong foundation in psychiatric nursing is required for admission. Applicants can demonstrate this foundation in a variety of ways. Please submit one of the following pieces of relevant supporting evidence with your application.

  1. Licensure as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Canada
    • Confirmation of current registration is sufficient evidence.
  2. CNA certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse (CPMHN)
    • Please request a ‘university letter’ from CNA. Please use the form titled ‘Notification of Certification for University Credit’ available online from
  3. Completion of a post-basic psychiatric nursing program
    • Official transcripts already provided with the application are sufficient.

If you do not meet requirements in any of the above categories, you must demonstrate expertise equivalent to a person who has obtained certification or completed a post-basic program. This is usually demonstrated by the nature and duration of psychiatric nursing practice.

Statement of Interest

Please submit a brief essay (500-750 words) outlining your rationale for choosing the MPN program and a particular stream, as well as areas of interest for thesis consideration.

    Letter of Recommendation

    Two confidential letters of reference, one from an academic referee is preferred and one from a supervisor within the past five years is required. If an academic referee is unavailable please provide another letter of reference from a supervisor/program manager.

    Mail applications to:

    Master of Psychiatric Nursing Program Coordinator
    C/o  Hayley Bedford
    Faculty of Health Studies
    Brandon University
    270 – 18th Street
    Brandon, MB  R7A 6A9