Master of Nursing

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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. Our nurse practitioner (NP) pathway is approved by the Nursing Council and meets the education requirements for registration as a NP. You’ll develop advanced knowledge and skills in your field of study through a mix of theoretical and clinical courses.

What is it like?

Most students like you undertaking postgraduate study in Nursing are in full-time practice and study part-time.

Postgraduate courses in Nursing are delivered in 'distance or block mode' with face-to-face teaching in on-campus blocks, web-based teaching, relevant readings and other study material. This is designed to make courses available for those 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 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

There is always plenty of help at hand. 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. Each library has a subject librarian who supports you on campus or at a distance.

Want to become a Nurse Practitioner in New Zealand?

Nurse practitioners have advanced education, clinical training and the demonstrated competence and legal authority to practise beyond the level of a registered nurse. Nurse practitioners work autonomously and in collaborative teams, providing 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 practice experience in your area of expertise, and complete the Master of Nursing which includes the Prescribing for Nurse Practitioner Practice practicum.

See the Planning tab for more information on entry requirements and the curriculum.

Nurse Practitioner Training Programme

The Nurse Practitioner Training Programme is funded by Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ). Applications to apply for selected entry open in October each year. 

Nurse Practitioner Training Programme: The Facts (178 KB)

Nurse Practitioner Training Programme Application Form (175 KB)

Number one school for research

Massey’s School of Nursing has been ranked number one in New Zealand in the most recent 2012 Performance-Based Research Funding (PBRF) rankings. PBRF ranks all university programmes for their research excellence.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to take your Registered Nurse career to the next level
  • Successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Seek to develop your professional practice and work towards senior nursing roles
  • Strive to make a major contribution to people’s health and wellbeing
Valerie Williams Rongomaiwahine
Master of Nursing
Kaimanaaki with Te Rau Matatini - National Māori Workforce Centre of Excellence

“The Master of Nursing played a crucial part in influencing what I have done so far in my career. The lecturers were supportive and challenged me to think critically and to express my ideas. As a Māori student I was well supported by Massey through Te Rau Puawai – a programme established by Sir Mason Durie…”

Valerie completed her Master of Nursing at Massey University in 2007. 11 years later Valerie continues to pursue her reason for joining the nursing profession and undertaking higher academic learning – seeking better outcomes for whānau Māori.

Since completing her master’s Valerie has held clinical leadership, project and programme management roles at local, regional and national levels. Her current role as Kaimanaaki with Te Rau Matatini – National Māori Workforce Centre of Excellence sees her engaging with new stakeholders, to influence change and to create different opportunities for the organisation.


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

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nurse prescriber
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Nursing leadership roles such as Director of Nursing, clinical nurse manager, nurse researcher, nurse advisor

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