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I. Personal Information

Providing your Social Security number will facilitate the review of your application for determining tuition classification status and matching your application with other schools records including but not limited to transcripts and financial aid applications.

Other Names
if different from above, or other name(s) that appear on your records

Mailing Address
Address to which all admission correspondence should be mailed

Permanent Address

Contact Information

Emergency Contact

Classification Questions

What is your race?

What is the highest level of education obtained by your parent(s)/guardian(s)?

Place of Birth

II. Enrollment Information

Please Indicate all Colleges Attended

First College

Second College

Third College

Fourth College

Testing Information



III. Tuition Classification

If you have ever lived outside the state of Georgia and now live in Georgia, how long have you continuously lived in the state of Georgia at this time?

If you are a non-resident alien or permanent resident, please complete the remainder of this section, otherwise SKIP to Military Information Section.

(Students participating in Online programs are ineligible for I-20 VISAs)

How long have you lived in the USA?

TOEFL Information

IV. Military Information

If Yes:

If Yes:

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.

To Apply:

  • Submit your application with the $25 non-refundable application fee
  • Request an official Letter of Transient Permission to be mailed to us from your current institution.

Once Accepted:

  • Transient Registration dates are as follows (If the date falls on a weekend, registration will begin the following Monday):
    • Fall Semester - July 15th
    • Spring Semester - December 1st
    • Summer Semester - May 15th
  • Beginning on the advertised dates, admitted students will be able to register for classes. You will need the course name and CRN number which can be found by referring to our class schedule. Detailed registration information will be mailed to admitted students prior to their registration date. You must be accepted to Georgia Southwestern before you can register for classes. Please note that admission to Southwestern does not guarantee registration for specific classes. New and continuing Southwestern students have priority registration. If you have questions about your acceptance you may Check Your Status online or contact the Admissions office at 800-338-0082.
  • Contact your home institution to find out about your financial aid options.
  • If you intend to live on our campus, submit your Application for Student Housing with the $50 application fee. They are mailed to you starting in January or can be printed by clicking here.
  • Submit your immunization form to the GSW Health Center. If you will only be taking online classes then no shots are needed, but the form must still be submitted. There is a  place to indicate online classes only.
  • Submit  if you plan to receive in-state tuition.

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.


School of Business Administration

  • Fall Admission - June 30
  • Spring Admission - November 30
  • Summer Admission - April 30

School of Computing and Mathematics

  • Fall Admission - May 31
  • Spring Admission - October 15
  • Summer Admission - March 15

School of Education

  • Summer Admission - April 15

School of Nursing

  • Application Deadline for FNP program:
    • Fall Admission (full time or part time study) - February 15
    • Summer Admission (full time study or early entry) - February 15
    • Spring Admission (part time study only) - October 15

  • Application Deadlines for MSN (Education, Leadership, Informatics) programs:
    • Fall Admission - June 15
    • Spring Admission - October 15

InternationalAdmissionsProcess1.jpgGeorgia Southwestern State University welcomes students from all over the world! We look forward to your becoming part of our academic community. Below is the process for applying as a graduate international student.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact our office at 800-338-0082 or

  1. Submit your completed application with $25.00 non-refundable application fee, a recent photograph and an immunization form.  To expedite the process, you may submit your graduate application online. You must use a credit card to apply online.
  2. Submit all information needed for the graduate program in which you hope to participate. Additionally, international applicants will need to:
  3. Submit Official Transcripts:
    • Students currently in the US:
      • Those enrolled or who have completed a degree in a US college need to submit official transcripts from each college or technical school attended. If currently enrolled, send preliminary transcript now and final transcript upon completion of term. If you also attended a college outside of the US, follow instructions below for sending college transcripts from schools outside of the US.
    • Students currently outside of the US:
      • Please submit official copies of all college transcripts. You must submit certified English translations of original transcripts for each institution attended if coursework in another language.   GSW uses an external Evaluation Service (Josef Silny - see below) for credential evaluation.  Please send your official transcripts to Josef Silny and have an original evaluation and final report sent directly to us at this address:
      • Office of Graduate Admissions
      • 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, GA 31709
        United States of America

        We accept evaluations from Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. and American Association of Collegiate Registrars and the Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

        Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (preferred)
        International Educational Consultants
        7101 SW 102 Avenue
        Miami, FL 33173
        Phone: (305) 273-1616
        Fax: (305) 273-1338
        Translation fax: (305) 273-1984


        Office of International Education Services 
        American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
        One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite #520
        Washington, DC 20036-1135
  4. Submit official test scores:
    • If you are attending or have graduated from a secondary school and college outside of the US, please submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report or  IELTS scores. The minimum TOEFL requirement for admission to Georgia Southwestern State University is 523 on the written test, 193 on the computer test, and 69 on the internet based test. The minimum IELTS score is a 6.5 for regular admission. 

Applications  will not be considered until all of the above items and have been received.  All items must be received before the program deadline for which you are applying. When you have been accepted to the Georgia Southwestern, you will be notified by mail or you may check the status of your application at:

Incoming students 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 12 months before the beginning of the semester for which you are admitted. All documents needed for the I-20 can be received by mail or email.

  1. Submit an Declaration and Certification of Finances provided by GSW. Included, in this document is a Verification of Support and Bank Certification Letter.  For the Bank Certification Letter you may use the included form or a bank letter/statement that includes the same information. A printed copy of the statement is acceptable if it includes a stamp from the bank.
  2. Students transferring/graduating from another institution within the US must submit an Transfer Clearance From provided by GSW.
  3. Students transferring their I-20 from a college or high school in the US must also submit copies of their current I-20, passport, visa, and I-94.

International students are required to purchase health/accident insurance from GSW. Click here to view the rates and additional information about the insurance program or go to our Health Center website.

Upon receiving your acceptance verification and declaration and certification of finances, GSW's Office of International Student and Scholar Services will create and mail your SEVIS I-20, required for your visa interview at a US Embassy or Consulate.   International students and scholars need to be aware that you will be responsible for locating your own housing during vacation periods and breaks between academic terms IF you are not living in one of Southwestern's 12-month residence halls. (Residence Halls DO remain open during the break periods)

PLEASE NOTE: International students enrolling at Georgia Southwestern State University for the first time are required to have a Tuberculosis screening testing and to complete the 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.


Master of Science in Nursing

The degree of Master of Science in Nursing consists of four tracks and two certificates - all online 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. Accreditation: Both the baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Nursing Education - Degree or Certificate Option

Model Plan of Study(Full-Time Student)
Model Plan of Study(Part-Time Student)
Model Plan of Study(Certificate)

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.

Nursing Leadership/Management

Model Plan of Study(Full-Time Student)
Model Plan of Study(Part-Time Student)

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

Model Plan of Study(Full-Time Student)
Model Plan of Study(Part-Time Student)
Model Plan of Study(Certificate)

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

FNP Fall Admission Schema (Full Time Study)
FNP Fall Admission Schema (Part Time Study)
FNP Spring Admission Schema (Part Time Study)
FNP Early Entry Schema (Full Time Study)

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. (See application deadlines below for NEW admission schedule.)

Admission Requirements

The completed application packet for MSN education, leadership, and informatics, including all supporting documentation, must be received by the Office of Graduate Admission by the deadline for spring or fall semester. Only completed applications that are received by the deadline will be reviewed. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions with questions. FNP applicants must have received the bachelor degree prior to the application deadline to be considered for review and must have all supporting documentation at that time.
The procedure for application consists of:

  1. Graduate application for admission
  2. $25.00 nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  4. Three completed recommendation forms - from professional or clinical associates
  5. Immunization form (before enrollment)
  6. Documentation of Lawful Presence (before enrollment, if applying for in-state tuition)
  7. Current resume

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.
  • One 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.
  • 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.

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Contact Information

Office of Graduate Admissions
Wheatley Administration Building
Fax: 229-931-2983

Georgia Southwestern State University
Attn: Graduate Admissions
800 GSW State University Drive
Americus, GA 31709
United States of America

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