The program of study leading to the Master of Science in Nursing and the Master of Public Health is designed for nurses who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in community/public health as well as clinical nursing. The curriculum consists of both Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health core and specialty content. The number of courses and the time required to obtain the two degrees are reduced by eliminating duplication. The program can be completed in six or seven semesters of full-time study, depending on the number and availability of classes each semester. Part-time enrollment is available to those who wish to pursue the degree while working. Graduates are prepared to apply for the appropriate Nurse Practitioner and/or Certified Nurse Midwife certification examinations. Applicants to the MSN-MPH dual degree program must apply and meet admission requirements for both the School of Nursing and the School of Public Health. For more information on the MPH program visit the Rollins School of Public Health.
The School of Nursing Selects Applicants who are best qualified academically and who have the greatest potential for success in the MSN program. We evaluate all undergraduate course work and give preference to applicants with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Application deadlines can be found here.
To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:
Requirements for MSN admission include:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
- Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia or a multistate RN license
*Check specific requirements for specialty of interest.
- Application for Admission
- $50 Application Fee
- Official transcripts from each school attended
- Personal statement
- 2-3 References (preference for at least one to be a nursing supervisor)
- Students with international nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework.
- Students with international transcripts for non-nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework.
- TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores are required if English is a second language. Read Emory University's accepted tests policy here.
* Preferred method: Choose Emory University - School of Nursing in the electronic transcript systems or have your school email your official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your school does not participate in the electronic transcript system or cannot email your transcripts then please have them mail a hard copy to:
Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
1520 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
*Please note that all courses and degrees in the application checklist must be verified by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs before they are marked as received. Please allow 2-4 weeks after all transcripts are received.
Please visit the Graduate Program Financial Aid Page for information about financial aid options.
Distance Accessibility & Your State
Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia and those states identified, should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to completion of clinical learning experiences in that state when enrolled in a distance-accessible program.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, doctor of nursing practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Emory University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.