APRN national certification exam first time pass rate for 2019 averaged 96% across specialty tracks.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The master’s degree clinical tracks are 48 semester hours. Completion time depends on part-time or full-time enrollment. A full-time student can complete the program within two to three years. A part-time student may take three to four years.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Alpharetta, Atlanta Campus, Online

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Primary Care –  Spring: September 15 and Fall: February 1
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Fall: February 1
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care – Spring: September 15 (Post-Master’s Certificate only)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care – Spring: September 15
  • Summer: Does not admit

Nursing, M.S.

Expand career horizons with a graduate degree

Earning a master’s degree in nursing opens new career avenues for registered nurses and expands their impact on the U.S. healthcare system.

The master of science in nursing (M.S.) degree program is a distance-learning program designed with the busy adult learner in mind, preparing graduates to assume a variety of advanced practice registered nurse roles. Students in the master’s program work with expert clinicians and system administrators to prepare for advanced practice nursing roles and leadership positions.

The R.N. to M.S. bridge program provides registered nurses with considerable practice experience and an associate degree or diploma from an accredited nursing program a streamlined approach to earn a graduate degree.

Candidates must have a minimum of one-year work experience as a registered nurse with two years’ experience preferred.

Students applying to the R.N. to M.S. degree program must complete additional prerequisite undergraduate course work* before taking any master’s level nursing courses.

*See additional courses required tab below for prerequisites

Offering distance learning for the working professional RN

Georgia State houses the only nursing college statewide to offer the full spectrum of nursing education from associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees (including D.N.P. and Ph.D.). The Georgia State nursing college in Atlanta offers access to a range of healthcare organizations. A distance learning program, the R.N. to M.S. offers convenience for the working nurse, and as a state research university, Georgia State is an affordable option.

Specialty areas in the master’s program, both traditional and R.N. to M.S. include:

Nursing, M.S.

Expand career horizons with a graduate degree

Earning a master’s degree in nursing opens new career avenues for registered nurses and expands their impact on the U.S. healthcare system.

The master of science in nursing (M.S.) degree program is a distance-learning program designed with the busy adult learner in mind, preparing graduates to assume a variety of advanced practice registered nurse roles. Students in the master’s program work with expert clinicians and system administrators to prepare for advanced practice nursing roles and leadership positions.

The R.N. to M.S. bridge program provides registered nurses with considerable practice experience and an associate degree or diploma from an accredited nursing program a streamlined approach to earn a graduate degree.

Candidates must have a minimum of one-year work experience as a registered nurse with two years’ experience preferred.

Students applying to the R.N. to M.S. degree program must complete additional prerequisite undergraduate course work* before taking any master’s level nursing courses.

*See additional courses required tab below for prerequisites

Offering distance learning for the working professional RN

Georgia State houses the only nursing college statewide to offer the full spectrum of nursing education from associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees (including D.N.P. and Ph.D.). The Georgia State nursing college in Atlanta offers access to a range of healthcare organizations. A distance learning program, the R.N. to M.S. offers convenience for the working nurse, and as a state research university, Georgia State is an affordable option.

Specialty areas in the master’s program, both traditional and R.N. to M.S. include:

APRN national certification exam first time pass rate for 2019 averaged 96% across specialty tracks.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The master’s degree clinical tracks are 48 semester hours. Completion time depends on part-time or full-time enrollment. A full-time student can complete the program within two to three years. A part-time student may take three to four years.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Alpharetta, Atlanta Campus, Online

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Primary Care –  Spring: September 15 and Fall: February 1
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Fall: February 1
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care – Spring: September 15 (Post-Master’s Certificate only)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care – Spring: September 15
  • Summer: Does not admit

Careers

Master of science nursing degree graduates work in a variety of healthcare areas such as ambulatory and primary care, hospital and specialty settings. After passing national certification exams, nurse practitioners (NPs) deliver care in rural areas, urban community health centers, college campuses, employee health centers and other locations. NPs also work for health care technology companies, such as pharmaceutical manufacturers, perform health care research, teach in schools and universities and serve in governmental agencies, such as health departments, the military, etc.

Program Details

The master’s program in nursing is open to registered nurses who wish to continue their education by obtaining an advanced degree. There are two admission options: RNs with a baccalaureate degree in nursing and RNs prepared at the associate or diploma level that have had outstanding practice experience and professional involvement. RNs who do not have a baccalaureate degree in nursing must complete additional undergraduate course work as prerequisites to master’s course work.

The following are unique admissions requirements for the Master of Science degree in nursing program:

  • Two letters of recommendation: the letters should be from individuals knowledgeable of your academic and/or professional abilities and include contact information. If the applicant has been out of nursing school for less than five years, a former faculty member must submit one letter.
  • Resume: include education, work experience, professional development, professional, community and volunteer activities, and research and publications.
  • Statement of purpose/goals: include a statement of your educational and career goals.
  • Writing sample‐-a two-page position paper on a social or health issue written in APA format, including references. Type in 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11” paper with one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Transcripts: submit official transcripts from each college or university attended. Transcripts are required regardless of the length of stay or if the grades appear on another school’s transcript, including hospital schools of nursing.
  • Entrance exam:Miller Analogies Test (MAT) preferred, but the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are also accepted. Scores cannot be more than five years old from the desired semester of entry.The MAT score should be sent directly to Georgia State from Harcourt Assessment, Inc. The institution code is 2753. A department code is not necessary. If you have an official copy of your MAT scores, please send a photocopy with your application to expedite application processing. Visit the MAT website or call 1‐800‐622‐3231 for information and registration. The GRE score should be sent directly to Georgia State from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institution code is 5251. If you have an official copy of your GRE scores, send a photocopy with your application to expedite application processing. Visit the GRE website or call 1‐800‐GRE‐CALL for information and registration. 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.), Post‐master’s certificate applicants OR if you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher from your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
  • Experience required: 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 the master’s program (for example, one to two years in medical‐surgical nursing practice to apply for adult health or family nurse practitioner specialty track.)
  • For International applicants: provide items listed above plus the items listed on this link.
  • Official TOEFL scores: for applicants whose native language is not English, include a copy of your TOEFL score in your application packet. Scores cannot be more than two years old from the desired term of entry.
  • Certificate of immunization is required for accepted applicants who have never attended Georgia State. Upon admission, print the form found at www.gsu.edu/health and submit to Georgia State Health Services before registration.
  • Citizenship verification: please review the requirements to verify lawful presence in the United States.
  • RN to MS applicants must take the GRE or MAT exam to apply.

Master of Science in Nursing Application Checklist

The master’s program uses The Essentials of Masters Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) as professional nursing standards and guidelines.  The master’s program outcomes and objectives are congruent with the essentials.

Upon completion of the master’s program in nursing, graduates should be able to:

  • Integrate evidenced-based findings from the interdisciplinary fields of sciences and humanities for the continual improvement of nursing practice across diverse settings.
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership skills that promote high quality ethical, culturally responsive and safe patient care for the practice of nursing at the master’s degree level.
  • Use quality standards to improve all aspects of healthcare.
  • Translate knowledge in planning, implementing and evaluating ethical, evidence-based data and professional standards of care to effect change in nursing practice and healthcare organizations.
  • Use patient care technologies and integrate appropriate innovations to assist in all aspects of patient care and coordination across the healthcare continuum.
  • Employ policy development process skills and advocacy strategies to facilitate system change and positively affect health and healthcare.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership of interdisciplinary healthcare teams and coordination of patient care.
  • Integrate broad organizational, client centered, culturally sensitive concepts using evidenced-based science for individuals, families and diverse groups with a focus on vulnerable and urban populations.
  • Integrate advanced scientifically based direct and indirect nursing interventions that will positively influence the outcomes of individuals, systems and population.

The curriculum consists of a minimum of 48 semester hours of study, 22 hours of core courses and 26 hours of specialty courses. See the following list and description of required courses for each specialty track.

R.N.s without a bachelor’s degree in nursing must complete additional undergraduate coursework before taking master’s courses. See additional information tab.

Description

Required preliminary coursework for the R.N. with an associate degree or diploma

All R.N.s with an associate degree or diploma are required to meet university and College of Nursing requirements for undergraduate non-nursing coursework (courses below) and take two bridge courses NURS 6910 (Caring for Families and Communities – 5 credit hours) and NURS 6930 (Leadership and Management in Nursing – 3 credit hours). Students admitted to the R.N.-M.S. Program and requiring the bridge courses, NURS 6910 and NURS 6930, must work closely with the course administrators. NURS 6910 requires clinical site arrangement ONE semester before registering for the course. If the clinical site arrangement is not made the semester before, students will not be eligible to take NURS 6910.

Students who have not completed an undergraduate health assessment course must complete an online health assessment course. These prerequisites may change without notice. Information about additions, deletions, etc. to this list will be updated and available at the time they occur.

 

Georgia State core requirements

  • English Composition I and II
  • College Algebra or Math Modeling
  • Georgia State institutional options
  • Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language (See notes below)
  • Chemistry I and II with Lab Statistics Math 1070, Soci 3010 or Psyc 3010
  • U.S. History
  • American Government
  • General Psychology
  • World History, Global Economics or Global Affairs
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Microbiology with Lab
  • Health & Human Lifespan Development (taken at GSU)
  • Abnormal Psychology

Applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in an area other than nursing may waive the courses listed above in bold.

 

Georgia State institutional options (select two courses)

(The School of Nursing recommends Phil 1010 and Spch 1000.)

  • Phil 1010 Critical Thinking
  • Spch 1000 Human Communication
  • Pers 2001 Perspectives on Comparative Culture
  • Pers 2002 Scientific Perspectives on Global Problems

 

Humanities and Fine Arts (select one course from two of these three categories)

  • Humanities
    World Literature; British Literature; American Literature; Introduction to Philosophy; Media, Culture and Society
  • Fine Arts
    Survey of Art I, II or III; History of the Motion Picture; Jazz: Its Origins, Styles and Influence; Dramatic Music/Renaissance through 20th Century; Survey of Music from Bach to Bernstein; Introduction to the Theatre
  • Foreign Language
    Any foreign language course numbered 1002 or higher.

Contacts

For further information contact:
Denisa Reed, Admissions Counselor III
dmreed@gsu.edu
404-413-1000

Eva M. Horne Ph.D., M.N., B.S.N., F.N.P.-B.C.
Director, Master’s Program
emhorne@gsu.edu
404-413-1179

Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 30302-3995

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more please refer to the university catalogs.