Graduate Nursing FAQ

M.S. - Nursing is available in four (4) specialty areas:

1. Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

2. Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

3. Family Nurse Practitioner

4. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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 Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

2. Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

3. Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

4. Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

5. Family Nurse Practitioner

6. 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.
Currently, the MS program offers a distance learning format. The MS program core courses meet the first day of class onsite. Each track’s specialty courses are held onsite approximately four times per semester. Distance learning uses synchronous and asynchronous formats. You may search the semester’s schedule for all course sections.  To view a specific term, check the GSU website for courses.

The clinical speciality tracks 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: Beginning Spring 2020 application cycle, the MAT or GRE requirement will only apply to applicants with a GPA of <3.0. Entrance exam is waived for Post-Master’s Certificate applicants.
  8. Current vita or resume
  9. Additional forms (if applicable) include RN-MS 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.
Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Fall admission deadline – February 1
Spring admission deadline – September 15

 

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Fall admission deadline only – February 1

 

Pediatric Primary Care 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). Entrance exam is waived for Post-Master’s Certificate applicants.

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.

Visit Student Financial Services at https://sfs.gsu.edu/. Or you may contact:

Phone: 404-413-2600
TTY: 404-413-2281 (Hearing Impaired Students Only)
8:30 a.m. -€5:00 p.m., Monday €- Friday
In Person: 227/228 Sparks Hall
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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.