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 admission

   May 31

 

Spring admission

   October 15

 

Summer admission

   March 15

Georgia Southwestern graduate programs provide advanced study in management, accounting, computer science, English, nursing and education. The degrees of Education Specialist (temporarily inactive), 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.

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

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:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Certified copies of original diploma, degrees awarded and English translation of diploma, degrees awarded. The issuing institution must certify the degree certificate.
  • 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.
  • A pre-entrance medical form (supplied by the University) completed by the student and a physician.
  • Proof that the student is covered by a health and accident insurance plan annually.

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.

Classification

Designated School Official
(DSO)

Graduate Students

Mrs. 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:

  • Maintain a valid passport at all times.
  • 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.
  • Continue to carry a full course of study (12 hours for undergraduate students, 9 hours for graduate students) each regular semester (fall and spring).
  • 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.
  • Apply with your Designated School Official for proper documentation to notify BCIS of a change of education level and/or a change in major.
  • Do not change schools without first contacting your Designated School Official for proper documentation.
  • Do not engage in any employment without proper authorization.
  • Limit on-campus employment to 20 hours per week while school is in session.
  • Report a change of address to the DSO and the Registrar's Office within 10 days of the change.
  • Carry approved health insurance coverage.
  • Request travel documents from your DSO in advance of leaving the U.S.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Master of Arts in English/Critical Literacy

Program description

Our proposed 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 invites students from all disciplines to engage in rigorous critique of today’s rhetorical modes.   

This program, founded on the ancient traditions of rhetorical and critical inquiry, will seek to apply 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 bulk of our face-to-face classes are offered during the summer with evening hybrid/online, and Saturday courses throughout fall and spring semesters, thus allowing our students to work and attend classes toward their degree.

Admission requirements

Successful applicants typically present a BA in English or its equivalent; a good undergraduate grade-point average, especially in upper-division English courses; acceptable scores on the GRE general test, and a graduate application—found online.  We also require three accurate and candid letters of recommendation from three professors who assess the applicant’s suitability for graduate work in English, a thoughtful Statement of Purpose, and a writing sample (approximately 10-15 pages) that demonstrates the applicant’s ability for graduate study.

  1. A successful applicant should provide three letters recommendation letters.
  2. Applicants will then fulfill the following admission requirements of the Masters of Arts in English:
    1. Graduate application for admission;
    2. Application fee of $25.00;
    3. Undergraduate transcript
    4. Three recommendation letters.
  3. GRE score to meet the minimum requirement for regular admissions        (Cumulative GPA * 200) + (GRE score) > 520 verbal reasoning and 4.5 on         analytical writing);
  4. Medical and immunization record form;
  5. No course with a grade below a C will be applied toward the MA degree.

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. 

Regular without conditions

Applicants who fully meet the graduate admission program requirements will receive a letter from the Director of the program indicating they have been accepted into the program and can begin to fulfill the requirements toward the MA in English.

Regular with conditions

Applicants who do not fully meet the graduate admission program requirements will receive a letter from the Director of the program indicating that they have not met the requirements for entry into the program, but may enroll for 3-6 hours of course work for one semester.  At the end of that semester, the student must have maintained  a “B” in all coursework.  If the student does maintain a “B”, he/she may continue in the program.

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.

Application Procedure with deadlines

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 of the year you seek admission.  Our application process includes the following:

  • Complete the online application form and pay the application fee.
  • Request official transcripts for prior degrees be sent to the Director of the Graduate Program: 

Dr. Margaret Ellington
Department of English and Modern Languages
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive
Americus, GA 31709

  • 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. Click here to view more information of GRE test.
  • 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.

Academic Standards

Once enrolled in the MA in English program, students have to maintain the following standards:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all semesters;
  2. Only one course with a grade of C can be applied to the MA degree;
  3. No course with a grade below a C will be applied toward the MA degree

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.

Graduate students must follow the Academic Integrity Policy for our institution, and if a student fails to adhere to our Policy, the student will be removed from the program.       

Students under Review

Students under review will meet with their academic advisor and their respective faculty members to create a study plan for the student’s current courses.  Students must meet with their faculty member, during established office hours, once a week throughout the semester.  Advisor will also be available throughout the term.  If the student passes all courses with at least a “B” average, the student will no longer be considered under review.  If, however, the student is not able to maintain a “B” in the enrolled courses, student will not be allowed to take program courses for one term.  At the end of the term, student may again apply to the program for admission.

Click HERE for program curriculum sheet: 

Application for Graduation 

Once coursework is complete, student will suggest five books/articles to their committee and the committee will suggest five books/articles to the student.  Prior to beginning  their final project—thesis or portfolio—the student will be scheduled to take a program exam focusing on the suggested readings from both student and faculty members.  Once the student has satisfactorily passed the exam, they will meet with their advisor to finalize their application for graduation.  

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Program description

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.  For students who have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree in business-related fields, the cumulative GPA in the foundation business courses must be at least 3.0 in order to qualify for admission to the MBA program.

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.  For students who submit GRE scores, a predicted GMAT score is determined based upon the GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools, developed by the Educational Testing Service that administers the Graduate Record Examination.

The completed application packet, including all supporting documentation, must be received by the School of Business Administration 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/ predicted score + (200 x the student's undergraduate GPA*) or
  2. GMAT score/predicted score + (200 x the student's GPA in all upper-division undergraduate courses) or

*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 without conditions

  • 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)  
  • Completion of the prerequisite requirements 

Exemptions:  Applicants who have earned a previous master’s degree are not required to take the GMAT or GRE for admission.

Regular with conditions

  • 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)

To exit conditional status, students must have completed all undergraduate prerequisite course requirements with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.0 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 Administration.

Competitive admissions statement

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Our students will master a broad core of business knowledge to analyze, integrate, and apply this knowledge in any business situation.
  • Our students will have the ability to present their views in both oral and written ways, using appropriate content, language, organization, and grammar/syntax.
  • Our students will be able to evaluate the ethical and societal implications of managerial decisions.
  • Our students will possess highly developed analytical skills needed by middle and upper-level managers.
  • Our students will understand and apply the key components of effective management skills across different cultural, political, economic, and legal environments.
  • Our students will be able to exercise appropriate leadership and work collaboration to accomplish organizational goals in diverse environments.

Application Procedures

Students wishing to make application to the graduate business program at Georgia Southwestern State University must submit a complete admissions packet. Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed for admissions. The complete admissions packet is comprised of the following:

Students applying for a Master's Degree in Business 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.

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

Application Deadlines

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

Fall admission

May 15

 

Spring admission

October 15

 

Summer admission

March 15

 

Admission to graduate studies is a prerequisite for enrollment in graduate courses. Graduate business courses are numbered 6000 and above. Students lacking the necessary preparation in business must take the appropriate foundation level courses prior to beginning the Master's program in Business Administration.  The foundation courses are undergraduate level courses numbered as 2000 and 3000 level courses.

Applicants who do not enroll in the term indicated on the application must inform the School of Business Administration of their plans and indicate a new date of entrance.

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.

Click HERE for program curriculum sheet

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

 

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 are 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.

These programs are an excellent foundation for a career in industry or academia.

The MSCS 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 meet the 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.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

  • 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 is 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.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

  • 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. 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.

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

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 Term

Apply no later than the date below of the prior semester

Fall

May 1

Spring

August 1

Summer

January 1

 

School of Education

Master of education in early childhood education, middle grades language arts, and middle grades mathematics

Program description

Georgia Southwestern State University offers graduate study leading to the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Language Arts, and Middle Grades Mathematics degrees for candidates seeking advancement in careers, certificate upgrades for Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Language Arts, Middle Grades Mathematics and additional study in these fields.  The programs are designed to assist teachers to reflect on their practices and make changes based on these reflections and to assist teachers to be consistent participants in learning communities. The programs consist of professional core requirements of Educational Research, Education Policy and School Evaluation, Cultural and Linguistic Differences, Collaboration and Professionalism, and Teacher Law and Ethics. Early Childhood, Middle Grades Language Arts and Middle Grades Mathematics track requirements include courses in those disciplines.

Admission requirements

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 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 2.75 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.

 

Regular with conditions

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.

Program Learning Outcomes*

  • Candidates will Think Systematically about Their Practice and Learn from Experience
  • By reading, questioning, and creating and being willing to try new things;  
  • By familiarity with current learning theories and instructional strategies and staying abreast of current issues in American education; and
  • By critically examining their practice on a regular basis to deepen knowledge, expand their repertoire of skills, and incorporate new findings into their practice.

Candidates will be members of Learning Communities.

  • By collaborating with others to improve student learning;
  • By leading and actively knowing how to seek and build partnerships with community groups and businesses;
  • By working with other professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development and staff development;
  • By evaluating school progress and the allocation of resources to meet state and local education objectives; and
  • By working collaboratively with parents to engage them productively in the work of the school.

*Based on Propositions 4 and 5 of the National Board for the Certification of Teachers

Application Procedure with deadlines

Students wishing to make application to a School of Education graduate program at Georgia Southwestern State University must submit a complete admissions packet. Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed for admissions. The complete admissions packet is comprised of the following:

  • Application for admission
  • Non-refundable $25 application fee
  • Documentation of Lawful Presence Requirement
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities*
  • Administrative Recommendation Forms
  • Professional Profile
  • Commitment Letter
  • Copy of Teaching Certificate
  • Proof of immunizations/Medical Forms

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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

Summer Admission (MEd)

March 15

 

 

Academic Standards 

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.

Click HERE for program curriculum sheet for Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

Click HERE for program curriculum sheet for Master of Education in Middle Grades Language Arts

Click HERE for program curriculum sheet for Master of Education in Middle Grades Mathematics

Application for Graduation

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 Term

Apply no later than the date below of the prior semester

Fall

May 1

Spring

August 1

Summer

January 1

 

SCHOOL OF NURSING

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

Program Description

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

All students enrolled in the program are required to take graduate core courses. The educator and leadership track have six (6) core courses and the informatics track has five (5) core courses. Additionally, students are required to select a concentration of nursing education, nursing leadership, or nursing informatics. Eighteen (18) credit hours are required in the education and leadership concentration and twenty one (21) in the informatics concentration. Included in each of these tracks is a 3 hour thesis or focused project.

The nursing education concentration focuses 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 focuses on developing nursing leaders who are able to influence, design, mange, transform, and evaluate the evolution of nursing services and care delivery.

The informatics concentration focuses on preparing nurses to become proficient in health information technology and essential informatics competencies to function within patient care environments.

Admission Requirements

The completed application packet, including all supporting documentation, must be received by the School of Nursing by the deadline for each term. Completed applications that are received by the preferred deadline will be given priority review. Those applications received after the final deadline for a specific admission term will be recorded for the next available term. Contact the office of the School of Nursing for additional information. Applicants may apply for admission any semester.

Regular 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 in nursing (BSN) from an regionally accredited college or university and a nationally accredited nursing program (NLNAC or CCNE) 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. The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned an advanced degree.
  • Three (3) professional letters of recommendation that comment on the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate academic program.
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical course requirements will be met.

Regular 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

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.

Application Procedure with Deadlines

  • Submit a Graduate Admission application with a $25.00 non-refundable fee to the School of Nursing at GSW. 
  • Request all official transcripts for each college or university attended be sent directly to the GSW School of Nursing. 
  • Request Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores be sent to the School of Nursing at GSW. Scores from tests taken more than five years prior to application for admission will not be accepted. 
  • Submit a completed and up-to-date Certificate of Immunization to the School of Nursing before enrollment. 
  • Deadlines for Admission 

 

Term                                 Preferred Deadline                Final Deadline

Fall                                    June 15                                    July 15

Spring                                October 15                              November 15

Summer                            March 15                                April 15 

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. The MSN program can be completed in two academic years, or four semesters of full-time study (9 credit hours per semester). Part-time students are expected to complete their program of study within a seven (7) year period, but are encouraged to complete all courses in their selected track as quickly as their schedule allows. 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 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) 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 dismissal will count towards the total seven (7) years to complete the degree. Readmission is not automatic. Each application will be considered individually.

Links to Program Curriculum Sheet

Students pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing should refer to the linked curriculum sheet and program requirements.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

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