Master of Science in Nursing

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Michelle Ritter Fall Semester: May 15 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Spring Semester: September 15 Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-333-5959 College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an NLNAC-accredited or CCNE-accredited program, from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher,


The GRE/MAT is no longer required for this program.
Evidence of Valid (current, active, unencumbered) RN Nursing License
  • Applicants may submit a copy of their current, active, unencumbered RN license to fulfill this requirement or a print-out from their state's Board of Nursing documenting the valid and current license.

Three Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required)

  • Recommendations from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic background.

VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence

(for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to ensure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information

  • MSN students select one of three Clinical Tracks:
    • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Students in the program must possess current professional liability insurance

International Applicants 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam  – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
  • Professionals holding a clear and valid nursing license in the state of Georgia whose visas prohibit enrollment in graduate programs must submit the Certificate of Finance. The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter or remain in the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Admission Classifications

  • Regular Status
  • Probationary Status
  • Requests for Irregular or Non-Degree Admission may be considered provided that candidates possess minimum eligibility requirements.

Admission Questions 

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5







  • Visit Us: Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100




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