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 determination of required undergraduate course work is based on an evaluation of each applicant’s past academic work and on undergraduate requirements for the baccalaureate nursing program.
The following are unique admissions requirements for the Master of Science degree in nursing program:
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of the applicant’s professional and academic abilities. If you have completed your undergraduate nursing degree in the past five years, one letter must come from a former professor.
- Current vitae or resume, including education, work experience and professional development, professional and/or community activities, research and publications.
- A written statement identifying your educational and professional goals and the purpose for applying to the specific graduate option.
- A two-page position paper on a social or health issue (APA style).
- Graduation from an accredited nursing program.
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. The GPA is based on undergraduate college-level course work attempted at regionally accredited institutions.
- Registration as a professional nurse in Georgia or another U.S. state and evidence of application to the Georgia Board of Nursing.
- One to two years of clinical practice in the specialty area for master’s education is preferred for applicants in the clinical practice specialist.