Step 1: Apply to Undergraduate Admissions
Students interested in an undergraduate program are first accepted to Georgia State through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as exploratory nursing students.
Step 2: Register for and take the Test Essential Academic Skills-TEAS
Step 3: Submit application to the Lewis College.
Step 2: Upload to Your Online Application
MS Applicants submit 2 letters. Doctoral Applicants 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.
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.
A two-page position paper on a current social or health issue. (APA style)
Step 3: Additional Requirements
For Master of Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy applicants only:
Transcripts from each college or university attended are required, except from Georgia State University/Perimeter College. 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/Perimeter College in an undergraduate status, all transcripts, except Georgia State University/Perimeter College, must be sent; these transcripts are not available for our use.
For Post-master’s certificateapplicants only:
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).
Mailing Address (U.S. Postal Service)
Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4018
Atlanta, GA 30302
Delivery Address (FedEx, DHL, UPS)
Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs
Georgia State University – Sparks Hall 200
33 Gilmer Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Submission of Electronic Transcripts
Electronic transcripts must be submitted directly from the institution by email or through the use of a transcript ordering site:
Order Site Institution Name: Georgia State University – Graduate Programs
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. 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 http://www.milleranalogies.com/ 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.
PLEASE NOTE: The entrance exam is only waived if you meet one of the following:
*If you hold a graduate degree in a non-nursing field.
*If you are applying to our Post-Master’s Certificate program (must hold a MSN degree).
*If you have a GPA of a 3.0 or higher from your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
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 http://www.gre.org/ or call 1-800-GRE-CALL for information and registration.
Additional Required Documents (do not submit online or via mail)
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 www.gsu.edu/health
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.
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.)
Please review the requirements to provide verification of lawful presence in the United States.
Doctoral Students Only
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.
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.
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.
You must be accepted by Georgia State University as a degree-seeking undergraduate student before your nursing application will be reviewed. Nursing applicants that have not been accepted by Georgia State by our nursing application deadline will not be considered for admission for the semester in which you are applying. Please contact Georgia State’s Undergraduate Admissions Office regarding processing time for your university application.
Academic advisors and application information for the School of Nursing are located on the 8th floor of the Urban Life Building. Faculty and staff offices, and the main office of the school is located on the 9th floor of the Urban Life Building. Urban Life is at the corner of Decatur St. and Piedmont Ave, at 140 Decatur St.
Jamelle Funches, Academic Advisor II
Denisa Reed, Admissions Coordinator III
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Georgia State University are accredited by:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
140 Decatur St.
Room 900 Urban Life Building
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4019
Atlanta, GA 30302-4019
National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing
Georgia State University School of Nursing is a member of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing.