La Trobe University

Master of Nursing Science


Start dates
See additional information 2018
20 months
Fees and costs
$22,200 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

This online course gives you the chance to study with a leader in nursing education alongside your other commitments. You'll develop advanced knowledge of nursing research along with the educational or leadership and management skills you need to make a positive impact on your work environment and the health of your community.

We aim to provide students with the knowledge and skills in research and their chosen area of professional practice (nursing education or leadership and management). The course enables you to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, specialised proficiency and effective communication skills for ethically oriented nursing practice. You will be able to make high level independent judgements, plan, implement and evaluate practice in specialty contexts, and function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

This course is ideal for suitably qualified nurses, who want to pursue a career in nursing education or leadership and management. The course is delivered via a flexible online mode and comprises learning modules delivered via LMS. Internet access is an essential requirement for this course.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

You will graduate with an in-depth knowledge of nursing research and ethics, enhanced leadership and management skills or a greater understanding of nursing education, providing you with the knowledge and confidence as a teacher, mentor and clinical supervisor.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$22,200 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply via La Trobe Online.

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See the online program for more information.

Additional information

This course has fourteen intakes in 2018. As a La Trobe online student, you will have email and telephone access to a designated student services specialist, trained to help you overcome any challenge that may arise. You will be provided with the contact details once you have been accepted into the course. In addition, you may utilize Peer Learning Advisers as a resource. PLAs are experienced and successful students who are trained to assist you with your studies and use of the library. PLAs can help you with all your study and general inquiries. If they can't, they know who can, and will connect you to other services.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: