Graduate Studies

 GRADUATE STUDIES

GRADUATE PROGRAMS AND ADMISSIONS

Students wishing to make application to a graduate program at Georgia Southwestern State University must submit a complete admissions packet. Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed for admissions. Each school may have additional admission requirements as listed on the respective application check lists. The complete admissions packet is comprised of the following:

Students applying for a Master's Degree in Business or Computer Science who already hold a master's degree in another area may submit an application packet without test scores. Admission will be granted based on the grade point average earned for the previous master's degree. International students in this category must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Students applying for a Master of Education degree must also include:

  • Proof of eligibility for T-4 certification

Applications to the Education Specialist degree must also include:

  • Proof of eligibility for T-5 certification

* International students must meet additional requirements and should refer to the section below on International Student Admissions

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Complete application packets for the following terms must be received by the deadlines listed below:

Fall admissionMay 31 
Spring admissionOctober 15 
Summer admissionMarch 15 

Georgia Southwestern graduate programs provide advanced study in management, accounting, computer science, English, nusrsing and education. The degrees of Education Specialist, Master of Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Nursing, and Master of Arts in English may be earned.

Students may earn the Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with the following tracks: Early Childhood, Special Education and General Content. The Education Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership offers the following tracks: Early Childhood, Special Education, and General Content.

The Master of Science in Nursing offers concentrations in nursing education and leadership.

Admission to graduate studies is a prerequisite for enrollment in graduate courses. Courses numbered 5000 and above are graduate level courses. Education courses numbered 5000-5999 are for certification only. Education courses numbered 6000 to 7999 may be used in fifth year programs. Courses numbered 8000 and above are open only to fully admitted sixth year students. Students lacking the necessary preparation in business must take the appropriate 5000 level courses prior to beginning the Master's program in Business Administration. These courses may not be used to satisfy degree requirements for these programs.

Applicants who do not enroll in the term indicated on the application must inform the appropriate school/college or department of their plans and indicate a new date of entrance.

TYPES OF ADMISSION

There are six general types of admission to graduate studies at Georgia Southwestern State University: Regular (without conditions or with conditions), Personal Development, Post Baccalaureate, Transient, and Certificate Program only. The six types are described below.

  • Regular Admission (without conditions).An applicant in this category has completed all the requirements for admission to a specific degree program.
  • Regular Admission (with conditions).An applicant who does not meet all the requirements for admission to a specific degree program may be admitted with the condition that he or she must complete nine (9) hours of graduate credit with a grade no lower than B. At the time the conditions are met, the student's record will be updated to reflect the change to regular admission without condition. If the conditions are not met (a grade lower than B in those nine hours), the student will be expelled from the graduate program.
  • Personal Development. An applicant in this category must have a baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree from an accredited college or university. Graduate courses taken under this category cannot be applied towards a master's degree.
  • Post Baccalaureate. An applicant in this category must have a baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree from an accredited college or university. This type of admission allows one to take graduate courses for credit without pursuing a graduate degree, i.e. satisfying graduate level pre-requisite course requirements, enrolling in coursework to increase the undergraduate grade point average, renewing teacher certification, or pursuing a graduate level certificate which is not a part of degree program. Students who wish to have certificate courses apply toward a degree program must meet admission requirements without condition. Under no circumstances can more than nine semester hours taken under post baccalaureate status be used in a master's degree program.
  • Transient. An applicant who is currently admitted to full graduate standing at another recognized institution may be admitted as a graduate transient student, with permission from the home institution once official transcripts have been received. An applicant for transient admission must submit an application, application fee, official transcripts from the home institution and a letter of transient permission from the appropriate dean of the student's home institution.
  • Certificate Program. An applicant seeking the certificate program offered by the School of Computing and Mathematics must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or the foreign equivalent thereof. Click the certificate listed under the School of Computing and Mathematics information section.

INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Georgia Southwestern State University welcomes applications from international students to its graduate degree programs.

In addition to requirements for admission to a graduate degree program listed elsewhere in this section, international students must submit the following items:

  1. Certified English translation of original transcripts from each institution previously attended. In cases where there is only one original copy, GSW will inspect the original copy, make a photocopy for the institutional records, and return the original to the applicant. A university/school official, embassy official, the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, must certify English translations. Transcripts cannot be witnessed or verified by a notary public. Photocopies or faxes of evaluations or transcripts are not acceptable.
  2. All official international transcripts must have a foreign credential evaluation completed in English. Applications for this service can be obtained from the following website: http://gsw.edu/Academics/International-Student-Programs/index
  3. Certified copies of original diploma, degrees awarded and English translation of diploma, degrees awarded. The issuing institution must certify the degree certificate.
  4. An official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 69-70 (IBT) [193 on the computerized test or 523 on the paper test] or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for all types of admission to all graduate programs. Applicants who have received degrees from accredited institutions in the U.S. or from institutions in countries where English is the primary language are not usually required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Under certain circumstances, an international student may meet all of the Georgia Southwestern guidelines for admission, but does not meet the minimum TOEFL score (IBT - 69, or corresponding scores on other types of TOEFL examinations) or a 6.5 on the IELTS. These students may be considered for admission by the University. A student in this situation should contact the Dean of the School/College or Chair of the Department offering the graduate program sought by the student.
  5. A pre-entrance medical form (supplied by the University) completed by the student and a physician.
  6. Proof that the student is covered by a health and accident insurance plan annually.
  7. Upon acceptance into a graduate program, a certified statement from the student's family, bank, or government that finances are available to cover educational expenses for the international student. This statement must be received by the appropriate school, college, or department offering the graduate program in order for an I-20 immigration document to be issued. There are assistantships available to be awarded on a competitive basis to qualified students.

F-1 International Students

Georgia Southwestern State University is part of the Department of Homeland Security's Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Through this system, the University has become a liaison between GSW international students and a number of government agencies. To meet federal obligations imposed by these agencies, Georgia Southwestern State University is required to report certain personal, academic, and employment related data on international students and scholars to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration.

Georgia Southwestern State University is dedicated to enabling international students to accomplish their educational goals on our campus so long as the student maintains visa status and abides by the policies of the university. In an effort to assist students with immigration matters, each international student has been assigned a Designated School Official (DSO). All F-1 international students must consult a DSO before making any changes that will affect their immigration status. These changes include, but are not limited to, a change of major, a change of degree program, a change of address, a change of school, etc.

ClassificationDesignated School Official
(DSO)
Graduate StudentsMrs. Lois Oliver,
Assistant Registrar

F-1 international students will be required to attend an international student orientation session at the beginning of each semester. The orientation session will inform and remind students of general international regulations that may affect their stay in the United States. As part of the orientation, students will be issued an International Student Handbook to use as a reference for international questions and concerns.

Maintaining F-1 Visa Status

In order for international students to maintain a valid F-1 Visa status, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Maintain a valid passport at all times.
  2. Attend the university that the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration (BCIS) has authorized you to attend by stamping your I-20 when you entered the U.S., or by being notified of your transfer to another school.
  3. Continue to carry a full course of study (12 hours for undergraduate students, 9 hours for graduate students) each regular semester (fall and spring).
  4. Apply with your Designated School Official promptly for an extension of stay if you are unable to complete your program of study by the ending date on your I-20.
  5. Apply with your Designated School Official for proper documentation to notify BCIS of a change of education level and/or a change in major.
  6. Do not change schools without first contacting your Designated School Official for proper documentation.
  7. Do not engage in any employment without proper authorization.
  8. Limit on-campus employment to 20 hours per week while school is in session.
  9. Report a change of address to the DSO and the Registrar's Office within 10 days of the change.
  10. Carry approved health insurance coverage.
  11. Request travel documents from your DSO in advance of leaving the U.S.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND MODERN LANGUAGES

THE MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH with focus on Critical Literacy and Communications

The Master of Arts in English Program tackles the explosion of literacies in our world and anticipates students’ need to learn and use these multiple literacies as each of the distinctive modes of communication develop. Such communication in diverse modes is essential to successful careers, leadership roles, productive citizenship, and a satisfying quality of life. Our degree program invites students from all disciplines to engage in rigorous critique of today’s ever-evolving rhetorical modes.

This program is founded on the ancient traditions of rhetorical and critical inquiry, but applies these traditions not only in existing oral, visual, and written contexts and modes, but also in the emerging digital contexts and modes. In addition, the interdisciplinary program will explore how emerging modes and contexts alter existing rhetorical and critical traditions, thereby building students’ foundations in the liberal arts and sciences.

The Department of English and Modern Languages is the largest department in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Graduate Faculty in the department personally designed this program to meet the needs of the ongoing changes in the form and function of literacy. The faculty remains committed to the University’s focus on teaching, service, and research. To that end, the faculty will be open to joint research with our graduate students, to supporting publication and presentation of student work at regional and national venues, and to maintaining a standard of excellence in their own area of expertise.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MA in Literacy Studies will be able to:

  • Distinguish the common and unique characteristics of various literacies, including written, spoken, aural, visual, or digital;
  • Identify, use, and critique various discourses and codes of power in various media;
  • Critique standards of literacy and analyze the cultural implications of those standards; and
  • Critically analyze and interpret literacies and language in their specific historical, cultural, social, political, and economic contexts.

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants typically present a BA in English or its equivalent with a 3.0 or above overall grade-point average, especially in upper-division English courses. Although the Director of the Graduate Program considers applications throughout the academic year, to receive full consideration for financial support, plan to complete the application process by January 1. Contact the office of the Department of English and Modern Languages for specific information.

The requirements for admission follow.

Regular Admission (without conditions)

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above, especially in upper division English courses   
  • GRE scores:
    • Scaled score on Verbal Reasoning       154 or above (520 or above)
    • Analytical writing          4.5 or above
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors who can assess the applicant’s suitability for graduate studies in English
  • Statement of purpose from the applicant
  • Writing sample (10-15 pages) that demonstrates the applicant’s ability for graduate study

Regular Admission with Conditions

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75, especially in upper division English courses.
  • GRE scores:
    • Scaled score on Verbal Reasoning section 151 or above (470 or above)
    • Analytical writing 3.5 or above
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors who can assess the applicant’s suitability for graduate studies in English
  • Statement of purpose from the applicant
  • Writing sample (10-15 pages) that demonstrates the applicant’s ability for graduate study

International students must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of their admission packets.

Click HERE to apply to the Department of English and Modern Languages

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application form and pay the application fee.
  2. Request official transcripts for prior degrees be sent to the Director of the Graduate Program:
    Dr. Peg Ellington
    Department of English and Modern Languages
    Georgia Southwestern State University
    800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive
    Americus, GA 31709
  3. Take the GRE verbal, quantitative, and writing tests. Request scores to be sent to the Director of the Graduate Program.  Be aware that it takes up to six weeks for GRE scores to be received and processed.
  4. Send your Statement of Purpose, Writing Sample, and three letters of recommendation addressed to the Director of the Graduate Program (to be mailed by the recommenders, no special forms required.

More guidance on the application process is available at http://gsw.edu/Academics/Schools-and-Departments/College-of-Art-and-Science/Departments/Department-of-English-and-Modern-Languages/Degrees/ma.

Academic Standards

Students pursuing a master's degree must adhere to the following standards:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained.
  • Only two courses with grades of C can be applied to the degree.
  • No course with a grade below a C will be applied toward a degree.
  • In any graduate degree program, all requirements, including course work at Georgia Southwestern State University, transfer credit and transient credit course work, must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work, without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned.

Students under Review

Graduate students who fail to maintain academic standards will be placed under academic review at the end of the semester in which their status falls below the required standards.

  1. Students who have been placed under review will have early registration cancelled for the following semester. These students will not be able to register online and must report to their graduate advisor.
  2. The Registrar will send the names of students under review to the Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages and the graduate advisors.
  3. A student under review must meet with his or her graduate advisor to develop an Individual Remediation Plan (IRP) to demonstrate how the student can be returned to good standing. The plan will be forwarded to the Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages to sign before being placed in the student's file. A copy of the form will also be sent to the Registrar's Office.
  4. At the end of the probationary semester, if the student is not successful in returning to good standing, the Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages will send a certified letter of dismissal to the student with a copy to the student's graduate advisor and the Registrar's Office.
  5. Graduate students who are dismissed from the graduate program may write a letter of appeal within ten (10) class days from the receipt of the dismissal letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students re-admitted on appeal will have one additional semester to return to good academic standing.
  6. Re-admitted students who do not return to good standing after the initial probationary semester will be dismissed from the program and the University.
  7. Dismissed graduate students may re-apply for admission to the program after three calendar years. If the student is readmitted, he or she must meet all requirements for the degree program at the time of re-enrollment. The years completed prior to dismissal will count towards the total seven (7) years to complete the degree. Re-admission is not automatic. Each application will be considered individually.

Application for Graduation

Graduation Term

Apply no later than the date below of the prior semester

Fall

May 1

Spring

August 1

Summer

January 1

CURRICULUM

Students pursuing the Master of Arts in English with focus on Critical Literacy and Communications should refer to the linked curriculum sheet and program requirements.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools. AACSB International is located at 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602-5730 USA, telephone number 813-769-6500 and fax number 813-769-6559 (www.aacsb.edu).

The School of Business Administration has also received accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Association is located at 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 420, Overland, KS 66211, USA, telephone number 913-339-9356, and fax number 913-339-6226.

VISION STATEMENT

A premier School of Business Administration within the University System of Georgia offering undergraduate and graduate programs in business.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the School of Business Administration is to provide its diverse student population quality undergraduate and graduate-level educational programs that produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to help them excel in their business careers, further academic studies, and fulfill their personal potential. The School strives to enhance students' academic experience through relevant faculty teaching activities, community service, applied scholarly endeavors relevant to the southwest Georgia region, and professional activities. This commitment includes abiding by the following standards:

  • Honesty and integrity in interactions and undertakings
  • Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others
  • Accountability for personal behavior

THE MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM (MBA)

The MBA program has strong business training that integrates knowledge from various functional areas, the expertise of our faculty and the real-world experience of our students. It reinforces strong values, ethics and service and acknowledges the multicultural influences driving today's market. Our program is based on developing key competencies that will help build a lifetime of success. The MBA degree program in business educates students in a broad range of knowledge and skills including finance, ethics, international business, management and marketing as a basis for careers as successful managers. Students achieve knowledge and skills for successful performance in a complex environment requiring intellectual ability to organize work, make and communicate sound decisions, and react successfully to unanticipated events. The program has been designed to promote career development and help students build personal and leadership skills.

The academic program consists of a minimum of 30 graduate semester credit hours in business-related courses. The curriculum consists of eight core courses and two elective courses. In addition, there are several prerequisite foundation courses. For applicants whose undergraduate degrees were in business-related fields, these foundation course prerequisites will typically already have been met.

Applicants whose academic record does not include the foundation courses will be required to complete these prerequisites before being admitted into the MBA program.

APPROACHES TO ASSURANCE OF LEARNING

There are three direct assessment methods to assure that the school is meeting the learning objectives: selection, course-embedded measurement, and stand-alone testing or performance.

The selection process in recruiting students in the School of Business Administration complies with the University standards.

The School of Business Administration uses the following assessment methods:

  • course-embedded measurements
  • standardized tests (ETS Major Field Test)
  • EBI exit survey (indirect method)

GOALS

The learning goals describe the desired educational accomplishments of the MBA degree program. These goals will state the broad educational expectations for the MBA degree program and will specify the intellectual and behavioral competencies the program is intended to instill. By developing operational definitions of the goals and assessing student performance, the school measures its level of success at accomplishing the goals.

General knowledge and skills areas for the MBA program are as follows:

  1. Business Knowledge
  2. Communication (Oral and Written)
  3. Ethical Reasoning
  4. Critical Thinking / Analytical Skills
  5. Globalization and Diversity
  6. Leadership and Teamwork

Based on these knowledge and skills areas the following goals and corresponding objectives are established. The learning objectives for each one of the goals establish the way the learning goals are achieved. At the same time, these objectives describe a measurable attribute of the overall learning goal.

LEARNING GOAL 1: Our graduates will have core business knowledge.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • Our students will apply specific knowledge in business to solve a related problem.

LEARNING GOAL 2: Our graduates will be effective communicators.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • Our students will develop professional quality presentations accompanied by appropriate technology.
  • Our students will produce professional quality business documents.

LEARNING GOAL 3: Our graduates will understand the importance of behaving ethically in their professional lives.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • Our students will identify an ethical dilemma in a scenario case and apply an ethics model to propose and defend a resolution.

LEARNING GOAL 4: Our graduates will demonstrate problem solving skills, supported by appropriate analytical, critical thinking, and quantitative techniques.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • Our students will critically evaluate a particular case and use the appropriate analytical techniques to identify and solve a business problem.

LEARNING GOAL 5: Our graduates will have a global perspective.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • Our students will identify cross-cultural business issues in a case setting and propose appropriate solutions.

LEARNING GOAL 6: Our graduates will be able to work in teams and exhibit leadership.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • Our students will demonstrate effective interpersonal and leadership skills in a team setting.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program in business administration is limited to holders of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Admission will be granted only to students showing high promise of success in graduate study. The candidate's performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and the candidate's undergraduate academic record will be used to determine admission status.

The completed application packet, including all supporting documentation, must be received by the School of Business by the deadline for each term. Contact the office of the School of Business Administration for further information. Applicants may apply for admittance during any semester.

The formulas to determine the student's admission status are

  1. GMAT score + (200 x the student's undergraduate GPA*) or
  2. GMAT score + (200 x the student's GPA in all upper-division undergraduate courses) or
  3. GRE score + (200 x the student's undergraduate GPA*) or
  4. GRE score + (200 x the student's GPA in all upper-division undergraduate courses)

  5. *Grade Point Average (GPA) is based on a four point scale as reported on the official final transcripts from all institutions attended.

Students applying for a Master of Business Administration degree who already hold a Master's Degree in another area may submit an application packet without test scores. Admission will be granted based on the grade point average earned for the previous Master's Degree. International students in this category must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Regular Admission (without conditions) Requirements

  • A minimum undergraduate overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 as reported on the official final transcripts from all accredited institutions.
  • A score of 1,000 or higher using formula (1) or 1,050 or higher using formula (2) or 1,350 or higher using formula (3) or 1,400 or higher using formula (4).
  • Completion of the prerequisite course requirements.

EXEMPTIONS: Applicants who have already earned a previous Master's degree are not required to take the GMAT or GRE for admission.

Regular Admission (with conditions) Requirements

  • A minimum undergraduate overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 as reported on the official final transcripts from all accredited institutions.
  • A score of 900 or higher using formula (1) or 950 or higher using formula (2) or 1,250 or higher using formula (3) or 1,300 or higher using formula (4).

To exit conditional status, students must have completed all undergraduate prerequisite course requirements and must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.00 with no grade below a "B" in the first 9 semester hours of master's level courses taken while classified as a conditional graduate student. The student may then be admitted as a regular student, subject to the approval by the Dean of the School of Business.

Acceptance into the MBA Program is competitive. The admission criteria listed above reflect minimum standards, and meeting these criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the MBA program.

Click HERE to apply to the School of Business Administration.

Academic Standards

Students pursuing a master's degree must adhere to the following standards:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained.
  2. Only two courses with grades of C can be applied to the degree
  3. No course with a grade below a C will be applied toward a degree
  4. In any graduate degree program, all requirements, including course work at Georgia Southwestern State University, transfer credit and transient credit course work, must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work, without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned.

Students under Review

Graduate students who fail to maintain academic standards will be placed under academic review at the end of the semester in which their status falls below the required standards.

  1. Students who have been placed under review will have early registration cancelled for the following semester. These students will not be able to register online and must report to their graduate advisor.
  2. The Registrar will send the names of students under review to the Dean of the School of Business Administration and the graduate advisors.
  3. A student under review must meet with his or her graduate advisor to develop an Individual Remediation Plan (IRP) to demonstrate how the student can be returned to good standing. The plan will be forwarded to the Dean of the School of Business Administration to sign before being placed in the student's file. A copy of the form will also be sent to the Registrar's Office.
  4. At the end of the probationary semester, if the student is not successful in returning to good standing, the Dean of the School of Business Administration will send a certified letter of dismissal to the student with a copy to the student's graduate advisor and the Registrar's Office.
  5. Graduate students who are dismissed from the graduate program may write a letter of appeal within ten (10) class days from the receipt of the dismissal letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students re-admitted on appeal will have one additional semester to return to good academic standing.
  6. Re-admitted students who do not return to good standing after the initial probationary semester will be dismissed from the program and the University.
  7. Dismissed graduate students may re-apply for admission to the program after three calendar years. If the student is re-admitted, he or she must meet all requirements for the degree program at the time of re-enrollment. The years completed prior to dismissal will count towards the total seven (7) years to complete the degree. Re-admission is not automatic. Each application will be considered individually.

Application for Graduation

Each student admitted to the MBA program must make application for graduation one semester prior to completing degree requirements. Application deadlines are as follows and application forms are available in the Registrar's Office as well as under “Student Forms” on RAIN and the GSW Homepage. Students should contact their graduate advisors to initiate the application process.

Graduation Term

Apply no later than the date below of the prior semester

Fall

May 1

Spring

August 1

Summer

January 1

CURRICULUM

Students pursuing the Master of Business Administration should refer to the linked curriculum sheet and program requirements.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

SCHOOL OF COMPUTING AND MATHEMATICS

THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAM

Georgia Southwestern State University grants the degree Master of Science in Computer Science.

The Master of Science degree programs is designed to serve two purposes:

  • As a "Professional" program allowing computer professionals in industry to upgrade their skills.
  • As an "Academic" program allowing capable computer scientists to prepare for the terminal degree.

This programs is an excellent foundation for a career in industry or academia.

The academic program consists of a minimum of 30 graduate semester credit hours. The curriculum consists of six core courses and four elective courses. Students will have the option of selecting their elective courses in computer science, computer information system, or a combination of the courses. In addition, there are several prerequisite foundation courses. For applicants whose undergraduate degrees are in computer related fields, these foundation course prerequisites will typically already have been met.

Applicants whose academic record does not include the foundation courses will be required to complete these prerequisites before being admitted into the graduate program as a regular student.

Admission Requirements

The completed application packet, including all supporting documentation, must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by the deadline  for each term. Contact the office of the School of Computing and Mathematics for additional information. Applicants may apply for admission any semester.

Regular Admission (without conditions)

Students who meets following admission requirements and who have fulfilled the prerequisite course requirements will be admitted as a regular graduate student.

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college.
  2. A minimum of 2.5 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale as reported on the official final transcripts from all institutions attended.
  3. A minimum of 3.0 GPA on all previous graduate work attempted.
  4. A minimum total of 800 (taken before August 2011) or 170 (taken after August 2011) on the verbal and quantitative subtests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  5. Three letters of reference.

EXEMPTIONS: Applicants who have earned a master's degree from an accredited university are exempted from a requirement of the GRE score and can be admitted into the program based on a graduate GPA.

Regular Admission (with conditions)

Students seeking a degree through graduate study who do not meet the requirements for regular admission without conditions may be admitted with conditions. Students who meet the following admission requirements will be admitted as conditional graduate students.

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college.
  2. A minimum of 2.2 but less than 2.5 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale as reported on the official final transcripts from all institutions attended.
  3. A minimum of 2.75 but less than 3.0 graduate grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale as reported on the official final transcripts from all institutions attended.
  4. A minimum total of 800 (taken before August 2011) or 170 (taken after August 2011) on the verbal and quantitative subtests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  5. Three letters of reference.

To exit conditional status, students must have completed all undergraduate prerequisite course requirements and must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.00 with no grade below a "B" in the first 9 semester hours of master's level courses taken while classified as a conditional graduate student. The student may then be admitted as a regular student, subject to the approval by the Dean of the School of Computing and Mathematics.

EXEMPTIONS: Applicants who have earned a master's degree from an accredited university are exempted from the requirement of a GRE score and can be admitted into the program based on a graduate GPA.

Program Learning Outcomes 
Program Outcomes describe what students are expected to know and are able to do by the time of graduation.

1. Demonstrate depth of knowledge in areas of computer science, including: data processing, distributed computing, software design, computer networks, and information security.

2. Demonstrate ability to identify, formulate and solve problems within the discipline

3. Demonstrate an ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.

4. Function independently on self directed projects or research where appropriate.

5. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

6. Be prepared for employment or advanced degree.

ONLINE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

The primary goal of this program is to provide opportunity to large numbers of students who wish to pursue a master’s degree and are looking for a fully online graduate program. Employees of a number of local and regional employers have sought the convenience of attending a university while being employed full time.

Admission Requirements

All requirements for admission to the Online Graduate Program are same as those mentioned above for the on-campus degree program.

ONLINE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS (CIS)

The primary goal of this program is to give instructors from two-year colleges and technical colleges the opportunity to obtain 18 hours of graduate course work in their teaching field (CIS). The program was created for instructors, but not limited only to them. The certificate program includes courses like Data Mining and Distributed Web Applications, which reflect current industry trends.

Admission Requirements

All requirements for admission to the Online Graduate Certificate Program in CIS are the same as those mentioned above for the MSCS degree program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Outcomes describe what students are expected to know and are able to do by the time of graduation.

1.  To demonstrate ability to identify, formulate and solve problems within the discipline

2.  To function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.

3.  To communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Click HERE to apply to any of the above programs in the School of Computing and Mathematics

Academic Standards

Students pursuing a Master's degree must adhere to the following standards:

  1. A 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale must be maintained.
  2. A maximum of 6 credit hours with a grade of "C" may be used to satisfy program requirements.
  3. No courses with a grade of "D" may be used to satisfy program requirements.
  4. In any graduate degree program, all requirements, including course work at Georgia Southwestern State University, transfer credit and transient credit course work, must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work, without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned.

Graduate students who fail to maintain academic standards will be placed under academic review at the end of the semester in which their status falls below the required standards.

Students under Review

  1. Students who have been placed under review will have early registration cancelled for the following semester. These students will not be able to register online and must report to their graduate advisor.
  2. The Registrar will send the names of students under review to the Dean of the School of Computing and Mathematics and the graduate advisor.
  3. A student under review must meet with his or her graduate advisor to develop an Individual Remediation Plan (IRP) to demonstrate how the student can be returned to good standing. The plan will be forwarded to the Dean of the School of Computing and Mathematics to sign before being placed in the student's file. A copy of the form will also be sent to the Registrar's Office.
  4. At the end of the probationary semester, if the student is not successful in returning to good standing, the Dean of the School of Computing and Mathematics will send a certified letter of dismissal to the student with a copy to the student's graduate advisor and the Registrar's Office.
  5. Graduate students who are dismissed from the graduate program may write a letter of appeal within ten (10) class days from the receipt of the dismissal letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students re-admitted on appeal will have one additional semester to return to good academic standing.
  6. e-admitted students who do not return to good standing after the initial probationary semester will be dismissed from the program and the University.
  7. Dismissed graduate students may re-apply for admission to the program after three calendar years. If the student is re-admitted, he or she must meet all requirements for the degree program at the time of re-enrollment. The years completed prior to dismissal will count towards the total seven (7) years to complete the degree. Readmission is not automatic. Each application will be considered individually.

Students pursuing a Master's Degree in Computer Science should refer to the attached curriculum sheet and program requirements.

Click HEREfor Curriculum Sheet and Requirements for MS (Computer Science).
Click HEREfor Curriculum Sheet and Requirements for Online MS (Computer Science).
Click HEREfor Curriculum Sheet and Requirements for Online Graduate Certificate in CIS.

Application for Graduation

Each student admitted to the MSCS program must make application for graduation one semester prior to completing degree requirements. Application deadlines are as follows and application forms are available in the Registrar's Office as well as under “Student Forms” on RAIN and the GSW Homepage. Students should contact their graduate advisors to initiate the application process.

Graduation TermApply no later than the date below of the prior semester
FallMay 1
SpringAugust 1
SummerJanuary 1

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the School of Education is to prepare effective teachers who demonstrate the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to promote student achievement.

The School of Education is committed to the following:

  1. Developing leaders in education who have the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions to make skilled, reflective decisions and who view student learning as the focus for their work.
  2. Motivating life-long learning to adapt to the evolving needs of a global society and its diverse populations through high quality programs based upon exemplary instruction, knowledge of content, emergent technologies, and relevant research.
  3. Developing candidates who accurately assess, reflect and make appropriate decisions about instruction resulting in achievement for all learners.
  4. Professional collaboration with families, schools, community partners, and others to improve the preparation of candidates and the effectiveness of practicing teachers.

The School of Education endorses the mission statement of Georgia Southwestern State University and envisions its mission within the context of those principles.

MASTER OF EDUCATION PROGRAM

Georgia Southwestern State University offers graduate study leading to the Master of Education degree for candidates seeking advancement in careers, additional study in a chosen field, greater personal satisfaction and financial rewards.

Holders of graduate degrees are in a favorable market for prime positions in education and education-related careers.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Master of Education degree program is designed to produce teachers who demonstrate:

  1. a commitment to students and their learning.
  2. knowledge of the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  3. a responsibility for managing and monitoring student learning.
  4. evaluation of their practice and learning from their experiences.
  5. their commitment as members of learning communities.

The Master of Education degree program requires a minimum of thirty-three semester hours of course work, including teaching field courses, professional core courses, seminars and practica.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Education Program

Candidates seeking a degree through graduate study must apply for regular admission. Individuals who already hold a master's degree must meet regular admissions requirements for a second master's degree. Requirements for regular admission follow:

Regular Admission (without conditions)

  1. Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Eligibility for Clear Renewable Georgia T-4 teaching certificate.
  3. A minimum of 2.5 undergraduate grade point average as reported on the official final transcripts from all accredited institutions attended.
  4. Two confidential Administrative Recommendation Forms) one from a Supervising Principal and one from another school administrator (Assistant Principal, Department Chair, Lead Teacher.

    Applicants meeting minimum requirements for regular admission (without conditions) will be considered. Acceptance is not guaranteed. The School of Education seeks the most qualified applicants for its graduate degree cohort programs.

NOTE: There is no Regular Admissions (with conditions) to the Master of Education degree program.

Those Applicants denied admission may submit an appeal of the decision to the Dean of the School of Education.

Click HERE to apply to the School of Education

Academic Standards (Master of Education)

Candidates for the Master of Education degree must meet the following standards.

  1. A 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale is required in all courses attempted to satisfy degree requirements.
  2. Not more than 6 hours with a grade of C may be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  3. A grade of D may not be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  4. In any graduate degree program, all degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work, without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned.
  5. A grade of I may be given in extenuating circumstances. If a grade of I is not removed before the end of the following semester, it automatically becomes an F.

Students under Review

Graduate students who fail to maintain academic standards will be placed under academic review at the end of the semester in which their status falls below the required standards.

  1. Students who have been placed under review will have early registration cancelled for the following semester. These students will not be able to register online and must report to their graduate advisor.
  2. The Registrar will send the names of students under review to the Dean of the School of Education and the graduate advisor.
  3. A student under review must meet with his or her graduate advisor to develop an Individual Remediation Plan (IRP) to demonstrate how the student can be returned to good standing. The plan will be forwarded to the Dean of the School of Education to sign before being placed in the student's file. A copy of the form will also be sent to the Registrar's Office.
  4. At the end of the probationary semester, if the student is not successful in returning to good standing, the Dean of the School of Education will send a certified letter of dismissal to the student with a copy to the student's graduate advisor and the Registrar's Office.
  5. Graduate students who are dismissed from the graduate program may write a letter of appeal within ten (10) class days from the receipt of the dismissal letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students re-admitted on appeal will have one additional semester to return to good academic standing.
  6. Re-admitted students who do not return to good standing after the initial probationary semester will be dismissed from the program and the University.
  7. Dismissed graduate students may re-apply for admission to the program after three calendar years. If the student is re-admitted, he or she must meet all requirements for the degree program at the time of re-enrollment. The years completed prior to dismissal will count towards the total seven (7) years to complete the degree. Readmission is not automatic. Each application will be considered individually.

Application for Graduation (Master of Education)

Each student admitted to the Master of Education program must file an application for graduation one semester prior to completing degree requirements. Application deadlines are as follows and application forms are available in the Registrar's Office as well as under “Student Forms” on RAIN and the GSW Homepage.  Students should contact their graduate advisors to initiate the application process.

Graduation TermApply no later than the date below of the prior semester
FallMay 1
SpringAugust 1
SummerJanuary 1

MASTER OF EDUCATION IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction offers the following tracks: Early Childhood, Special Education, and General Content.

  • Early Childhood Education Track. This track is for individuals who hold Clear Renewable Georgia T4 teacher certification in Early Childhood.
  • Special Education Track. This track is for individuals who hold Clear Renewable Georgia T4 teacher certification in Special Education.
  • General Content Track. This track is for individuals who hold Clear Renewable Georgia T4 teacher certification in fields other than Early Childhood and Special Education.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements (Master of Education).

EDUCATION SPECIALIST PROGRAM

For positions of leadership in teaching, for advanced knowledge in the field, and personal and professional enrichment, the Education Specialist degrees provides an avenue for opportunities in public and private school systems, two-year colleges and various agencies.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Education Specialist degree program is designed to prepare teacher leader candidates  who:

  1. Understand adults as learners to support professional learning communities.
  2. Access and use research to improve practice and student achievement.
  3. Promote professional learning for continuous improvement.
  4. Facilitate improvements in instruction and student learning.
  5. Use assessments and data for school and district improvement.
  6.  Improve outreach and collaboration with families and community.
  7. Advocate for student learning and the profession.

The Education Specialist degree program requires a minimum of thirty semester hours of course work, including professional core courses, seminars, and practica.

Admission Requirements

  1. Master's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Eligibility for Clear Renewable Georgia T-5 teaching certificate.
  3. A minimum of 3.00 overall graduate grade point average as reported on the official final transcripts from all accredited institutions attended.
  4. A minimum of one year acceptable teaching experience.
  5. Submission of scores from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE). A minimum of 400 Verbal or 3.5  Writing with a combined Quantitative and Verbal score of at least 850  is required.
  6. Two confidential Administrative Recommendation Forms (one from a Supervising Principal and one from another school administrator (Assistant Principal, Department Chair, Lead Teacher).

Applicants meeting minimum requirements for regular admission (without conditions) will be considered. Acceptance is not guaranteed. The School of Education seeks the most qualified applicants to its graduate degree cohort programs.

NOTE: There is no Regular Admission (with conditions) to the Education Specialist degree program.

Applicants denied admission may submit an appeal of the decision to the Dean of the School of Education.

Click HERE to apply to the School of Education
Click HERE for curriculum sheet and specific course requirements (Specialist in Education).

Academic Standards

Candidates for the Education Specialist degree must meet the following standards:

  1. A 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale is required in all courses attempted to satisfy degree requirements.
  2. No grade less than a B may be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  3. A candidate who earns two grades of C or less will be dropped from the program.
  4. A course where the candidate earned a C or less may be repeated only once.
  5. In any graduate degree program, all degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work, without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned.

Students under Review

Graduate students who fail to maintain academic standards will be placed under academic review at the end of the semester in which their status falls below the required standards.

  1. Students who have been placed under review will have early registration cancelled for the following semester. These students will not be able to register online and must report to their graduate advisor.
  2. The Registrar will send the names of students under review to the Dean of the School of Education and the graduate advisor.
  3. A student under review must meet with his or her graduate advisor to develop an Individual Remediation Plan (IRP) to demonstrate how the student can be returned to good standing. The plan will be forwarded to the Dean of the School of Education to sign before being placed in the student's file. A copy of the form will also be sent to the Registrar's Office.
  4. At the end of the probationary semester, if the student is not successful in returning to good standing, the Dean of the School of Education will send a certified letter of dismissal to the student with a copy to the student's graduate advisor and the Registrar's Office.
  5. Graduate students who are dismissed from the graduate program may write a letter of appeal within ten (10) class days from the receipt of the dismissal letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students re-admitted on appeal will have one additional semester to return to good academic standing.
  6. Re-admitted students who do not return to good standing after the initial probationary semester will be dismissed from the program and the university.
  7. Dismissed graduate students may re-apply for admission to the program after three calendar years. If the student is re-admitted, he or she must meet all requirements for the degree program at the time of re-enrollment. The years completed prior to dismissal will count towards the total seven (7) years to complete the degree. Re-admission is not automatic. Each application will be considered individually.

Application for Graduation (Education Specialist)

Each candidate admitted to a Specialist in Education program must make application for graduation one semester prior to completing degree requirements. Application deadlines are as follows and application forms are available in the Registrar's Office as well as under “Student Forms” on RAIN and the GSW Homepage.  Students should contact their graduate advisors to initiate the application process.

Graduation TermApply no later than the date below of the prior semester
FallMay 1
SpringAugust 1
SummerJanuary 1

EDUCATION SPECIALIST IN TEACHER LEADERSHIP

For positions of leadership in teaching, for advanced knowledge in the field, and personal and professional enrichment, the Education Specialist degree provides an avenue for opportunities in public and private school systems, two-year colleges and various agencies.

The Education Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership offers the following tracks: Early Childhood, Special Education, and General Content.

  • Early Childhood Education Track. This track is for individuals who hold Clear Renewable Georgia T5 teacher certification in Early Childhood.
  • Special Education Track. This track is for individuals who hold Clear Renewable Georgia T5 teacher certification in Special Education.
  • General Content Track. This track is for individuals who hold Clear Renewable Georgia T5 teacher certification in fields other than Early Childhood and Special Education.

SCHOOL OF NURSING

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

The Master of Science in Nursing is an online degree offered cooperatively by Georgia Southwestern State University, Columbus State University, and Clayton State University, all fully accredited institutions in the University System of Georgia. This collaboration allows students to enjoy resources from all schools. The 36-38 hour program prepares professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing roles as culturally competent educators and leaders.

The curriculum of the MSN is designed to prepare professional registered nurses for APN roles as culturally competent educators and leaders. All students enrolled in the program will be required to take seven graduate core courses consisting of 20 semester credit hours. Additionally, students are required to select a concentration of either nursing education or nursing leadership. Each of these concentrations will consist of 16-18 credit hours. Included in these hours is a variable credit (3-5 hours) thesis or project.

The nursing education concentration will focus on preparing nurses to facilitate learning in various environments through the application of knowledge in instructional design, curriculum development, technology utilization, and evaluation of learning.

The leadership concentration will focus on developing nursing leaders who are able to influence, design, manage, transform, and evaluate the evolution of nursing services and care delivery.

The degree offers graduates the opportunities to

  1. Implement advanced practice roles as leaders and educators within the nursing profession and the health care system utilizing human caring as the foundation for nursing practice
  2. Develop and nurture collaborative and interdependent relationships by communicating with other health care professionals.
  3. Analyze personal and organizational decision making utilizing an understanding of how ethics and values influence health care delivery.
  4. Utilize nursing research for the promotion of high quality nursing education, health care, and evidence based practice.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking in the application of nursing and multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to foster optimal client health outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate cultural competence that reflects sensitivity to human diversity in a dynamic academic and health care environment.
  7. Develop comprehensive, holistic plans of care that address health promotion and disease prevention needs of diverse populations.
  8. Demonstrate competence in leadership roles and a commitment to ongoing professional development for the provision of quality, cost-effective health care, and the advancement of nursing practice.

ADMISSION TO THE MSN PROGRAM

Deadlines for admission

Completed applications that are received by the preferred deadline will be given priority review.  Those applications received after the final deadline for a given admit term will be recorded for the next available term.

Fall-Preferred Deadline (June 15) and Final Deadline (July 15)

Spring-Preferred Deadline (October 15) and Final Deadline (November 15)

Summer-Preferred Deadline (March 15) and Final Deadline (April 15

The deadline for international student applications is May 1 for fall term.

Admission without Conditions

To be admitted without condition a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed application for admission and a $25.00 processing fee
  • Two official copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work previously taken.
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official copy of scores earned on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with an acceptable score. (Applicants with an acceptable miller analogies Test (MAT) score may be considered.) The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants who have an advanced degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation that comment on the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate academic program.
  • A statement of purpose of no more than two typewritten pages, single-spaced.
  • RN Licensure.
  • Immunization record and completed Student Statement of Health and Physical Exam form.
  • An interview on campus by member of the area of academic concentration may be required.

Admission with Conditions

A student failing to meet one or more of the standards required for admission without condition may be eligible for admission with condition for up to one semester under conditions specified at the time of admission, if space in the program is available.  Students who fail to make progress under provisional admission will be withdrawn from the program.

For additional information about the admission process, go to the website http://gsw.edu/Academics/Schools-and-Departments/School-of-Nursing/AcademicPrograms/MSN/index

Academic Standards

Students pursuing a master's degree must adhere to the following standards:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained.
  2. Only two courses with grades of C can be applied to the degree.
  3. No course with a grade below a C will be applied toward a degree.
  4. In any graduate degree program, all requirements, including course work at Georgia Southwestern State University, transfer credit and transient credit course work, must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work, without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned.

Students under Review

  1. Graduate students who fail to maintain academic standards will be placed under academic review at the end of the semester in which their status falls below the required standards.
  2. Students who have been placed under review will have early registration cancelled for the following semester. These students will not be able to register online and must report to their graduate advisor.
  3. The Registrar will send the names of students under review to the Dean of the School of Nursing and the graduate advisors.
  4. A student under review must meet with his or her graduate advisor to develop an Individual Remediation Plan (IRP) to demonstrate how the student can be returned to good standing. The plan will be forwarded to the Dean of the School of Nursing to sign before being placed in the student's file. A copy of the form will also be sent to the Registrar's Office.
  5. At the end of the probationary semester, if the student is not successful in returning to good standing, the Dean of the School of Nursing will send a certified letter of dismissal to the student with a copy to the student's graduate advisor and the Registrar's Office.
  6. Graduate students who are dismissed from the graduate program may write a letter of appeal within ten (10) class days from the receipt of the dismissal letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students re-admitted on appeal will have one additional semester to return to good academic standing.
  7. Re-admitted students who do not return to good standing after the initial probationary semester will be dismissed from the program and the University.
  8. Dismissed graduate students may re-apply for admission to the program after three calendar years. If the student is readmitted, he or she must meet all requirements for the degree program at the time of re-enrollment. The years completed prior to dismissal will count towards the total seven (7) years to complete the degree. Re-admission is not automatic. Each application will be considered individually.

Application for Graduation

Each student admitted to the MSN program must make application for graduation one semester prior to completing degree requirements. Application deadlines are as follows and application forms are available in the Registrar's Office as well as under “Student Forms” on RAIN and the GSW Homepage. Students should contact their graduate advisors to initiate the application process.

Graduation Term

Apply no later than the date below of the prior semester

Fall

May 1

Spring

August 1

Summer

January 1

CURRICULUM

Students pursuing the Master Science in Nursing with focus on Critical Literacy and Communications should refer to the linked curriculum sheet and program requirements.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.