Graduate Nursing FAQ

M.S. - Nursing is available in five (5) specialty areas:

1. Adult Health Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist

2. Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist

3. Family Nurse Practitioner

4. Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

5. Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Innovations

Yes, however to apply students must hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing to pursue this option. A Post-Master’s Certificate - Nursing is available in areas of:

1. Adult Health Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist

2. Pediatric Primary Care

3. Family Nurse Practitioner

4. Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Yes, students may apply for part-time or full-time study. Part-time is considered 8 semester hours or less; full-time is 9 semester hours or more.
Yes, online courses are available and can be found here.

The master’s program offers a web-enhanced format. Classes are held onsite approximately four times per semester. Online classes are synchronous and asynchronous formats. You may search the semester’s schedule for all course sections. Scheduled classes are subject to change at any time and are not guaranteed to be offered online every time. Course numbers beginning with 7000 reference graduate courses of study.

To view a specific term, check the GSU website for courses.

Select a past, present, or future semester. Then select the term and subject.

Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Innovations is a minimum of 36 semester hours. The additional four graduate nursing specialties are 48 semester hours. The length of time it takes to complete the program depends on whether the student attends part-time or full-time. On an average, a full time student can complete the program within 2-3 years. A part-time student would most likely take 3-4 years.

 No, applicants with a diploma or associate degree in nursing may apply through the RN-MS bridge option. Students entering through this option may have additional undergraduate coursework to complete prior to beginning the graduate-level coursework (7000-level courses).

Students admitted to the RN-M.S. Program and requiring bridge courses: NURS6910 and NURS6930 should work closely with course administrators. NURS6910 requires clinical site arrangement one semester prior to registering for course. Students will not be eligible to take NURS6910 in accordance with their program plan if clinical site arrangement is not completed.

RNMS students who hold a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field will have additional undergraduate courses waived. See RNMS list of pre-requisites.

1. $50 application fee to College of Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions Application for Graduate Study

2. School of Nursing Supplemental Application

3. Two (2) official sealed transcripts from each college or university attended, except from Georgia State University

4. Two (2) letters of recommendation

5. Statement of Purpose/Goal Statement

6. Writing Sample – Two (2) pages on a current social or health issue.

7. Entrance Exam Scores: MAT or GRE

8. Current vita or resume

9. Additional forms (if applicable) include RNMS Prerequisite form; Certificate of
Immunization; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores; evaluation of
foreign educational credentials by an independent evaluation service; and Financial
Affidavit form.

10. Active Georgia RN License.

Two (2) letters of recommendation are required from individuals knowledgeable of your academic or professional abilities. Effective fall 2013, recommenders should include their contact information. If the applicant has been in school within the last 5 years prior to applying, one of the two letters must be an academic letter of support.
Beginning 2015, our admission cycle for the School of Nursing will change.

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Fall admission deadline – February 1
Spring admission deadline – September 15

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Innovations
Fall admission deadline only – February 1

Child Health Nurse Practitioner
Spring admission deadline only – September 15

Selection is competitive, based upon recommended minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
The School of Nursing prefers the Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT). However, we also accept Graduate Record of Exam (GRE).

MAT scores should be sent directly from Harcourt Assessment, Inc. and GRE scores from the Education Testing Service (ETS). MAT or GRE scores cannot be more than five years old from the desired semester of entry.

The entrance exam is waived for MS nursing applicants who hold a graduate degree in a non-nursing field and post master’s certificate program.

Recommended scores: MAT - 400; GRE - Quantitative – 144; Verbal – 153
The correct institution code for the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions are:

MAT institution code is 2753
GRE institution code is 5251

Please use appropriate code when requesting scores be sent to the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions. A department code is not required for either entrance exam.

If you have an official copy of your scores, you may send a photocopy with your application. However, we must still receive official scores from Harcourt Assessment or Education Testing Service before application deadline.

You may apply anytime; however all test scores must be received by the application deadline for admission consideration. We recommend you take the MAT no later than one month prior to the application deadline. GRE should be taken with enough lead time to ensure scores are reported prior to the application deadline. Applications will not be considered if MAT or GRE scores are not received by the deadline.
All aspects of the applicant's file are taken into consideration for admission decisions; however, GRE or MAT scores and GPA's that are well below the recommended competitive range will greatly reduce your chances of admission. Students are not admitted to the graduate program on a probationary basis.
There are no formal prerequisites required for admission. However, it is recommended that the student have taken an undergraduate course in physical assessment and an undergraduate or statistics course before taking graduate courses.
Office of Academic Assistance

Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
Georgia State University P.O. Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 3030-3995


Courier: (UPS, FedEx, DHL. etc,):
Office of Academic Assistance
Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
Georgia State University
140 Decatur Street, Suite 811
Atlanta, GA 30303

Upon receipt of your application, notification will be sent to your present e-mail address by the Office of Academic Assistance in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions. Also, applicants can check the status of their file online here.
The Scholarship Resource Center offers free resources to assist you with locating scholarships.

251 Sparks Hall
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:15 pm

To apply for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is required to determine your eligibility for federal student financial aid. FAFSA can be obtained from the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-80-433-3243 or the Georgia State University of Student Financial Aid at 404-651-2227. For faster processing, FAFSA can be completed and submitted online here. You should complete FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. The priority deadline is April 1.

Visit the GSU Office of Student Financial Aid.

Housing is available for graduate students through the University. For information, contact University Housing or call 404-413-1800. Registration and deposits cannot be made until an applicant has been accepted as a graduate student in the School of Nursing.
Georgia Board of Nursing (GBN)
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334

Georgia Nurses Association (GNA)
3032 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-2655

National League for Nursing (NLN)
61 Broadway; #33rd Fl
New York, NY 10006
212.363.5555 or 800.669.1656