Nursing Graduate Applications

STEP 1: Submit Online Application

Application for Graduate Study at Georgia State

Application fee $50

Supplemental Application to the School of Nursing

Residency Form (tuition classification)

Nursing MS and Certificate Information

Application Checklists

STEP 2: Upload to your online application:

Recommendationletters MS Applicants submit 2 letters. DoctoralApplicants submit 3 letters. The letters should be from individuals knowledgeable of your academic and/or professional abilities.  Please include contact information. For those applicants who have been out of nursing school for less than five years, one letter must be submitted by a former faculty member.
Resume Include education, work experience, professional development, professional,  community & volunteer activities, and research and publications.
Statement of Purpose / Goals and Area of Research Interest
Include a statement of your educational and career goals. Doctoral applicants should include Goals and Area of Research Interest. This should be a paper that (briefly) describes the applicant’s doctoral education and career goals. It should also include an area of the applicant’s research interest. And, if there is a faculty member with whom you might be able to develop a common research interest, please describe briefly how this would be congruent with your own research interests.
Writing Sample A two-page position paper on a current social or health issue. (APA style)
Citizenship Verification

Step 3: Collect and mail in a single packet:

Required Description
Transcripts Two sealed transcripts from each college or university attended, except from Georgia State University. Transcripts are required regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school’s transcript. This also includes hospital schools of nursing.If you have attended Georgia State University in an undergraduate status, all transcripts, except Georgia State’s, must be sent; these transcripts are not available for our use. Transcript Request Form For Post-master’s certificate applicants only:Two sealed transcripts are only required from: a) The college or university granting your MS degree in nursing, except from Georgia State University .b) Any other institution where you enrolled for the purpose of taking graduate-level coursework. The transcripts are required regardless of the length of stay and/or completion of the course(s).
Foreign Student Financial Statement (For international applicants seeking a student visa). See International applicants document.
Entrance Exam Scores All Master of Science applicants must take an entrance exam. The School of Nursing prefers applicants take and submit scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). However, the School of Nursing will also accept Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. PLEASE NOTE: The entrance exam is waived for MS nursing applicants who hold a graduate degree in a non-nursing field (i.e., MEd, MBA, MPH, etc.) and Post-master’s certificate applicants.  If taking the MAT, the score should be sent directly to Georgia State from Harcourt Assessment, Inc. Scores cannot be more than five years old from the desired semester of entry. We recommend that you take the MAT no later than one month prior to the application deadline. The correct institution code for the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions is 2753. Please use this code (2753) when requesting scores to be sent to the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions. A department code is not used.If you have an official copy of your MAT scores, please send a photocopy with your application. While a photocopy is not acceptable for admission and we must still receive official scores from Harcourt Assessment, Inc., a photocopy can help expedite the processing of your application. Visit the MAT website at or call 1-800-622-3231 for information and registration. If taking the GRE, the score should be sent directly to Georgia State University from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Scores cannot be more than five years old from the desired semester of entry.

We recommend that you take the GRE with enough lead time to ensure the scores are reported prior to the application deadline.The correct institution code for Georgia State University is 5251. A department code is not used.  If you have an official copy of your GRE scores, please send a photocopy with your application. While a photocopy is not acceptable for admission and we must still receive official scores from ETS, a photocopy can help expedite the processing of your application. Visit the GRE website at or call 1-800-GRE-CALL for information and registration.

Additional Required Documents (do not submit online or via mail)

Required Description
Certificate of Immunization This is required for accepted applicants who have never attended Georgia State University. If admitted, you must submit this form to Georgia State University Health Services prior to registration. The form can be printed from
Official TOEFL scores (For applicants whose native language is not English). If available, please include a copy of your TOEFL score in your application packet. Scores cannot be more than 2 years old from the desired term of entry.
International credential evaluation (For applicants who have completed any education outside the U.S.). See International Applicants document.
Experience One to two years of clinical practice as a registered nurse (Note: For clinical specialties, clinical practice should be in an area related to the specialty track chosen for master's program (e.g. 1-2 years in medical-surgical nursing practice to apply for adult health or family nurse practitioner specialty track.)
Citizenship Verification  Please review the requirements to provide verification of lawful presence in the United States on this website:

Doctoral Students Only

Additional requirements include the following:

Nursing Program

Master’s degree in nursing. Applicants who hold a master’s degree in an area other than nursing must have (1) a bachelor’s degree in nursing, (2) a background in advanced clinical nursing practice, and (3) evidence of either previous course work in nursing theory or an individualized learning program in nursing theory.

Licensure/Certification. All applicants (including international applicants) must hold a license in the United States as a registered nurse (RN license) prior to acceptance to the doctoral program. State and number should be listed on the resume.

Interview with faculty in the School of Nursing.

Graduate Admissions - Catalog 

Mailing Address

Contact information for the Office of Admissions—Graduate Programs

Mailing address (U.S. Postal Service)
Office of Admissions-Graduate Programs
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4018
Atlanta, GA 30302

Front Desk 404-413-2444
Main Email:
Transcript email:
Transcript order site name: Georgia State University—Graduate Programs

If you have questions, please contact us at 404-413-1000 or

Application Status

Admission to the master’s program is contingent upon the availability of adequate faculty and facilities. Applicants who meet all admissions guidelines based upon faculty review may be admitted to full graduate status. Applicants who do not meet one or more of the admission guidelines and who, in the opinion of the faculty, have the potential to be successful in graduate study and to make significant contributions to the nursing profession may be admitted to provisional status. Students admitted to provisional status are limited to 12 semester hours of study. At the end of the 12 hours, a grade-point average of 3.0 must be achieved or the student is withdrawn from the program. If a GPA of 3.0 is achieved, and upon recommendation of the school, the student is admitted to full graduate status, and will receive a letter notifying him or her of the change in status.