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Applying as a graduate transient student and registering for classes are easy at Southwestern. Below are the steps to take to apply and register for classes. Transient students should check the class schedule for the class(es) they are needing before applying. We suggest you Check Your Status online as you work through this process.
Remember to check your status online to see when the above information is completed. If you have any questions about Southwestern or need help with any of the above information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Georgia Southwestern State University welcomes students from all over the world. We look forward to you becoming part of our academic community. Below are the additional items needed for International Students hoping to complete a graduate degree at Southwestern. The process for students who have never attended a US institution is slightly different than the process for those International students who are currently attending another school in the US. Read and follow the steps carefully. If you need help, please feel free to contact our office at 800-338-0082 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
No application will be considered until all of the above items and your are received. All items must be received before the deadline for teh program in which you are applying. If you are accepted to the University, you will be notified by mail or you may check the status of your application at: http://gsw.edu/Admissions/Status.
Required Academic Transcripts: All documents (each page) must bear the original attestation of the issuing institution. Marksheets must list the name of the course. U.S. Bachelor’s Equivalency: A three-year bachelor’s degree is not equivalent to the U.S. bachelor’s degree. A four-year bachelor’s degree, a three-year bachelor’s plus a master’s degree, or a three-year’s plus completion of first year of the master’s program from a recognized institution by the Association of Indian University (AIU) or All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) are equivalent to the U.S. bachelor degree.
Once accepted, you must submit the following items before the SEVIS I-20 will be issued to obtain your student VISA. These items can not be dated more the 90 days before the beginning of the semester for which you are admitted.
Each international student must obtain and maintain health/accident insurance from the university. Click here to view the rates and additional information about the insurance program or go to our Health Center website..
Upon receipt of the tuition deposit, the SEVIS I-20 will be mailed to the student. Each international student should be aware that they are responsible for locating their own housing during vacation periods and breaks between academic terms if they are not living in one of Southwestern's 12-month residence halls.
PLEASE NOTE: All international students enrolling in Georgia Southwestern State University for the first time are required to have a Tuberculosis screening testing & questionnaire – within 10 days of arrival to the GSW campus. Positive PPD tests are required to have a follow-up chest X-ray within 2 weeks.
The Master of Science in Nursing consists of three degree tracks, two certificate tracks, and one program – all on-line programs of study. It is offered cooperatively by Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and Columbus State University (CSU), both fully accredited institutions in the University System of Georgia. The 36-44 hour programs prepare professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing roles as culturally competent educators, leaders, informaticists, or family nurse practitioners. These programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.
Nursing Education - Degree or Certificate Option
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 education track has six (6) core courses and six (6) courses concentrating in nursing education. Included in the track is a 3 hour thesis or focused project. Fulltime students may complete the program in 22 months.
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 leadership track has six (6) core courses and six (6) courses concentrating in nursing leadership. Included in the track is a 3 hour thesis or focused project. Fulltime students may complete the program in 22 months.
Nursing Informatics - Degree or Certificate Option
The informatics concentration focuses on preparing nurses to become proficient in health information technology and essential informatics competencies to function within patient care environments. The informatics track has five (5) core courses and seven (7) courses concentrating in nursing informatics. Included in the track is a 3 hour thesis or focused project. Fulltime students may complete the program in 22 months.
Family Nurse Practitioner
The focus of the Family Nurse Practitioner program is to provide the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The family nurse practitioner program consists of a total of 44 semester hours, all online. It also requires 765 clinical hours, which will be completed in facilities and with preceptors that have been approved by the FNP Program Coordinators. The clinical sites will be located as close to the student’s geographic residence or local community as possible. Fulltime students may complete the program in 22 months. Also, FNP students will only be accepted during the fall semester.
The completed application packet, including all supporting documentation, must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the deadline for each term. Completed applications that are received by the preferred deadline will be given priority review. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions with questions. Applicants may apply for admission any semester. The procedure for application consists of:
- Graduate application for admission
- $25.00 nonrefundable application fee
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Three letters of reference
- Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (scores must be within five years prior to application)
- Immunization form (before enrollment)
- Documentation of Lawful Presence (before enrollment, if applying for in-state tuition)
Regular 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 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 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.
Office of Graduate Admissions
Wheatley Administration Building
Georgia Southwestern State University
Attn: Graduate Admissions
800 GSW State University Drive
Americus, GA 31709
United States of America