Master of Science, with a Major in Nursing/Nursing Education

The Master of Science, with a major in Nursing/Nursing Education, is a 35-hour graduate program that prepares students to obtain employment in the field of Nursing Education. Employment settings include colleges and universities, vocational technical schools and hospital education departments. The curriculum supports foundational knowledge for further doctoral education.

The Master of Science with a major in Nursing Education program is 35 credit hours and requires four consecutive semesters of study for students enrolled full-time. Part-time study also is available. Courses are primarily offered one day per week. Two practicums/preceptorships provide the student with "hands on" teaching experience in the academic and clinical settings. The final semester includes a leadership project to provide an opportunity for students to experience professional growth through a project of their choice. The project may include grant writing, refereed publication, work with a state or national nursing organization or educational research.

While face-to-face instruction is utilized, online web enhancement is a component for most courses. Some courses are delivered totally online. Therefore, students must be able to engage in electronic collaboration using email, email attachments, and listservs. Students must be competent using word processing and presentation software. Ease of internet access and navigation is essential for research and collaboration.

A new cohort of Nursing Education students begins each fall semester with an application deadline of May 15. Admitted Nursing Education students may request permission to enroll in core courses during an earlier term on a space available basis upon approval of the graduate program coordinator.

For additional program information, call the Department of Nursing 706-867-2800, or e-mail the program coordinator, Dr. Byrne, at, or write to the Department of Nursing, MS Program in Nursing Education, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001.

Graduate Admissions Procedures

Application materials may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions or from the North Georgia website, Applicants must pay a one-time, non-refundable application fee. Admission requirements are listed below. When all application materials required to make an admission decision have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions, notification will be sent to the applicant and a copy of all materials will be forwarded to the program. Upon review, a letter from the program will be sent to the applicant verifying acceptance or denial. In some instances, the applicant may be requested to come to Dahlonega for an interview or testing.

Students who are admitted, but do not enroll within one year of acceptance must reapply through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Students who were previously enrolled but have not been in attendance within the last three semesters must also reapply. All documents and materials submitted to fulfill the application requirements for entry to a program at North Georgia become the property of the university and will not be returned. These materials are kept for one year for incomplete application files; three years for completed and accepted, but not enrolled.