The Programme​

The Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) programme, first of its kind in Pakistan, is a two-year programme that prepares advanced practice nurses who will develop innovative, practical solutions to complex health problems from a scientific perspective. 

Nursing practice in both rural and urban areas will be emphasized with the student selecting their specialty areas of advanced practice. 

Admissions are currently open for 2019-2020 cycle. The last date to submit the application is May 16, 2019.​

Candidates are required to apply online. For assistance in completing the online application, applicants are advised to go through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or Understand the Online Process.  

Only in situations where the online application is not accessible, candidates may request for a paper-based application form by emailing the Admission Office at​​.

Eligibility Criteria​

Candidates who have completed 16 years of education may apply. University eligibility criteria for application to the MScN programme are:


  • Higher Secondary School Certificate (Pre-medical)

  • Successful completion of 4-year Generic BScN programme

  • Two years of clinical experience including one-year Internship in a hospital

  • Valid registration with Pakistan Nursing Council or equivalent


  • ​Secondary School Certificate

  • Three-years General Nursing Diploma i.e RN

  • One-year Midwifery Diploma or Post Basic Specialty Diploma

  • Completion of three compulsory courses i.e. English, Islamic and Pakistan Studies at BSc level

  • Two-year Post-RN BScN Degree with a minimum of 60 credit hours

  • Two years of clinical experience

  • Valid registration with Pakistan Nursing Council or equivalent

  • Applicants are required to obtain equivalence certificate of completion of 16 years of qualification in Pakistan by Higher Education Commission, Pakistan.

Programme ​Objectives​

At the completion of the programme graduates are expected to be able to:

  • Apply contemporary knowledge from different sources and the best available evidence for professional decision-making and during practice

  • Apply critical and reflective thinking skills, as well as a systems approach to problem-solving and professional decision-making

  • Demonstrate the ability to translate and use meaningful research findings

  • Engage in effective ethical decision-making with respect to own practice area (e.g. clinical, education, leadership and management), or where ethical issues affect the broader health care team

  • Maintain confidentiality as necessary. Communicate clear, consistent and accurate information verbally, in written or electronic forms and in a manner sensitive to the context

  • Use advanced communication and interpersonal skills in professional work

  • Work collaboratively with other professionals in health care to enhance the quality practice and services offered

  • Articulate, promote and advocate for nursing professional development in general and the specialist role in particular, in the clinical, political and professional contexts

  • Contribute to knowledge and practice through identifying and conducting supervised research

  • Demonstrate leadership and management (planning, organizing, collaboration, delegation, problem-solving, human and material resources etc.) and policy development skills​

For further information please review the Pr​ogramme Information Booklet​. You can also reach us via the following contact details:

Graduate Programme Admission Office
Office of the Registrar
Aga Khan University 
(School of Nursing and Midwifery Building) ​
Stadium Road, Karachi 74800
Tel: +92 21 3486 4537​ / 5456