Degrees & Majors
Choose from dozens of nationally ranked and recognized programs and more than 250 majors, minors and pathways at the university offering the widest variety of fields of study in Georgia.
The Georgia State online dental hygiene bachelor of science degree program is for registered dental hygienists who already have an associate degree. This online bachelor’s completion program will help you advance in the profession by giving you the education you need to move into other roles, such as: providing clinical instruction for future hygienists, attending dental school or moving into lead hygienist roles in your practice. As the first tier-one research university and the second institution in the Atlanta metro to offer an R.D.H. to B.S degree completion program, we are ready to help you succeed. Georgia State is nationally recognized for our student success initiatives and helping students like you advance in your profession is part of our core mission. The online B.S. in Dental Hygiene includes 10 courses to provide coursework necessary to enable graduates to advance to more marketable positions in the profession. All courses are fully online and are three credit hours each.
For those called to seek the highest level of clinical nursing practice, the Georgia State doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) hybrid program is your solution. You will finish the program ready to lead others to implement cost-effective practices that also improve outcomes. One hundred percent of our D.N.P. students work full-time, and still, they are preparing for work in: healthcare administration; professional nursing organizations; higher education; and many practice settings throughout Georgia. You will move through the program as a cohort of colleagues, allowing you to network with industry leaders and build relationships that last well beyond graduation. *The hybrid program combines online (web-facilitated) classes with a limited number of on-campus sessions. Students attend on-campus sessions (also known as intensives) one day at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. The web-facilitated classes are a combination of real-time and on-demand courses. Is a Ph.D. or D.N.P. degree right for me?
The B.I.S. in Health Informatics with a concentration in informatics curriculum is a five full-time semester course of study beyond the first two years of the undergraduate curriculum. Because of its professional nature, students must apply for and be admitted to the program. Prior to admission to the program, students must complete the core curriculum. Ranking for admission is competitive, based on academic record. Student selection is based on: overall grade point average, prerequisite GPA, consistency of academic performance, grade trends and interpersonal ability as evidenced in the written personal statement.
Built for health care professionals who are ready to specialize in the in-demand field of health informatics, the online graduate certificate in clinical health informatics is a 19 credit-hour program of study. Health informatics brings together the design, development and adoption of information technology-based innovations in health care delivery, management and planning. By adding this graduate certificate to your resumé, you are preparing to edge out the competition as you work toward your next opportunity. You’ll study and complete projects in healthcare data analytics, healthcare information technology, healthcare project management, and more topics that will prepare you to work at a higher level at your current job or be ready for your next role in informatics. Georgia State graduate students in physical therapy, respiratory therapy, nutrition or occupational therapy are also encouraged to consider adding this certificate to your program of study. Program structure: The program consists of at least two courses per semester and can be completed in 12 months (three semesters).
The Georgia State online Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership program is designed to build healthcare leaders who can successfully lead teams, skillfully negotiate, influence team behaviors and deliver positive results. This program will facilitate the enhancement of communication strategies, managing organizational culture and making effective and strategic decisions. The aim is to provide an opportunity for graduate students and for practicing professionals in healthcare the ability to advance their knowledge and expertise in leadership as they complete their current program of study or while they practice and work.
The B.I.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Interprofessional Rehabilitation Sciences curriculum is a 60 credit hour course of study beyond the first two years of the undergraduate curriculum. Students who start as freshman at Georgia State University may declare a major in the BIS in Health Sciences program by the time they have earned 45 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 2.5 to avoid a delay in graduation. Transfer students who meet admission requirements can declare the BIS in Health Sciences major upon acceptance to Georgia State University. There is no second admissions process for the BIS degree in Health Sciences. This degree program tailors coursework to the students’ needs. For example, a pre-physical therapy student can take the exact science sequence needed to apply to physical therapy programs and not waste time and money at the undergraduate level with unneeded classes. Students will also have tailored global or city experiences, which are either hands-on study abroad or local clinical experiences designed for their track.
Inside the trillions of bytes of health care data rest the trends and insights that health care leaders need to move their hospital, clinic, organization or community to the next generation of service and improved outcomes. Be one of those leaders in health informatics with Georgia State's online M.S. in health informatics. The Master of science in health sciences degree with a concentration in health informatics is an online 36-semester hour program. You'll do well in the program if you have a background in an IT-related field or if you work in a clinical setting, but any undergraduate major is acceptable. You will take interdisciplinary classes, one of the distinctive factors of our program. You will learn from faculty in health informatics and nursing. This approach has you learning alongside experts in multiple disciplines. When combined, it gives you a holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our healthcare data and technology systems today. We bring together design, development and adoption of information technology-based innovations in health care delivery, management and planning. The program is 100 percent online with on-demand, work-at-your-own-pace (asynchronous) classes as well as scheduled, synchronous courses.
Take your interest in health, wellness, fitness and nutrition to the next level with an online master's degree focused on students who want careers in nutrition. The master of Science with a major in health sciences and a concentration in nutrition is an online 36-semester hour program. You will learn: The role of functional foods Macro- and micronutrient metabolism Dietary interventions that prevent and improve chronic diseases Nutrition research methods Leadership and ethics in healthcare As a graduate, you will be able to formulate research questions, organize and test research problems, and evaluate research study results. You will be able to foster critical thinking, inquiry and professional leadership in the field. Set up your career for advancement with this degree and also engage in a framework for additional advanced degree studies in the future. This program does not meet the requirements for becoming a registered dietitian (RD). If your interest is to become an RD, please refer to our Master of Science - Coordinated Program. DOWNLOAD NUTRITION GRADUATE HANDBOOK NUTRITION GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE VIDEO
Students enter the master’s degree coordinated program either with an undergraduate degree in nutrition or with an undergraduate degree in another major. The coordinated program is a four-to-six-semester program of didactic course work and supervised practice. The supervised practice has an urban health emphasis. Students have the option of completing a thesis, master’s project or course concentration as their capstone requirement. The thesis option may take an additional semester to complete. Students who hold an undergraduate degree in nutrition must have a Didactic Program in Dietetics verification statement or letter of intent from the program granting the degree. The coordinated program is a four- to six-semester program of didactic course work and supervised practice in full-time study and seven- to 11-semesters part-time. Students enter the master’s degree coordinated program either with an undergraduate degree in nutrition or with an undergraduate degree in another major. The full-time track's supervised practice has an urban health emphasis; the part-time track focuses on community wellness. Students in either track have the option of completing a thesis, master’s project or course concentration as their capstone requirement. The thesis option may take an additional semester to complete. Students who hold an undergraduate degree in nutrition must have a Didactic Program in Dietetics verification statement or letter of intent from the program granting the degree. Please note: students should not work when enrolled in the full-time program. DOWNLOAD NUTRITION GRADUATE HANDBOOK NUTRITION GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE VIDEO
Add expertise in a second or third nursing specialty after you’ve earned your M.S.N. or D.N.P. The online post-master's certificate is available for: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner This type of certificate will expand your career opportunities by giving you additional nursing specialty skills and expertise. Students will attend a required week-long experience on campus at the start of the program and required in-person skills testing throughout the program. *See the curriculum tab below for additional courses required for prerequisites.
What Is Nursing? Nursing is an art and a science. It is the art of knowing how to balance knowledge and compassion to give holistic care to individuals, families, groups and communities. As a science, nursing requires a wealth of knowledge and critical-thinking skills necessary to provide safe, effective, culturally competent medical care. The Perimeter College Department of Nursing became an administrative unit of the Georgia State University School of Nursing in 2016. The associate degree path to nursing is now the Georgia State University School of Nursing Associate Degree Program, Perimeter College. The associate degree courses continue to be housed at the same campus locations, and admissions standards and program costs remain the same. For more information on the change, visit the School of Nursing website .
Undergraduate students learn the essentials of nursing care in the classroom and a state-of-the-art simulation lab. They practice skills learned in a wide range of facilities, including hospitals, community settings and clinics, caring for patients after surgery, providing health screenings for pre-school children, administering flu vaccines to adults and caring for new mothers and their babies. The bachelor’s degree program is designed for first-time nurses. Students transferring from another nursing program must contact the undergraduate nursing program director as enrollment from another program is highly individualized. For practicing registered nurses with either an associate degree or diploma in nursing, the RN to BS option is the ideal way to earn a bachelor’s degree. Accreditation/Approvals The College of Nursing is fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national accreditation agency for schools of nursing. See the CCNE website or the Georgia Board of Nursing website for more information.
The Georgia State online master of science in nursing (M.S.) provides you with a path to become an advanced practice nurse and prepares you for specialized care settings and leadership roles. If you are seeking to advance, this program will prepare you to implement and evaluate innovative approaches to nursing and health care information, including interprofessional care coordination, patient quality teams and safety teams at all levels. Choose your nurse practitioner specialty area: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Family Nurse Practitioner Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner We invite applicants with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and we also offer an R.N. to M.S. bridge program. Earning a master's degree in nursing opens new career avenues for registered nurses and expands their impact on the U.S. healthcare system. You will learn alongside expert clinicians and systems administrators to prepare for advanced practice nursing roles and leadership positions. Georgia State’s School of Nursing is the only nursing college in Georgia that offers the full spectrum of nursing education, from associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Although you will be learning primarily online, our downtown campus location and the extensive healthcare network available to you will be extremely advantageous. We know you are working full time and balancing a tremendous number of obligations as you consider coming back to school. Our commitment to you is that your success matters to us. We will support you every step of your journey.
As you work toward your Ph.D. in nursing, you will be setting yourself apart as a nurse scholar and a leader in research, practice and education. You also are becoming part of the solution for the national shortage of nurse researchers and educators. A doctorate designed for today’s busy healthcare professionals at all career stages: The program is designed for master’s and bachelor’s prepared nurses. We also invite D.N.P.-prepared nurses to apply to the Ph.D. program. (For D.N.P.-prepared nurses, course credit may be given for previous coursework.) The Ph.D. program is available for full-time and part-time study and with coursework primarily online. Students attend a few required on-campus sessions: just two days in the fall and spring semesters. The web-based classes are a combination of real-time (synchronous or live) and on-demand (asynchronous) classes. Our graduates enjoy successful careers and can be found in roles such as: Research, clinical and administrative faculty positions in nursing schools nationwide Leadership and executive positions in corporate hospital systems and healthcare organizations Is a Ph.D. or D.N.P. degree right for me?
Georgia State’s online R.N. to B.S. program is designed for practicing registered nurses with an associate degree or nursing diploma in nursing. In just three semesters, you can complete your core nursing curriculum* and receive your bachelor of science in nursing. The program prepares nurses at an advanced level to meet the challenges of today’s complex healthcare environment. Hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout our area seek bachelor’s prepared nurses, and it’s well known what a shortage of nurses our hospitals are facing. By holding a bachelor’s degree, you will be eligible for more opportunities, and you also will be ready to move into master’s level work, which will help you become an advanced practice nurse. Transfer pathway agreements are in place with many community colleges. Accreditation and Approvals: The School of Nursing is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national accreditation agency for nursing schools. See the CCNE website or the Georgia Board of Nursing website for more information. *The courses you will take will depend on your previous coursework and transcripts. Your adviser will help determine any prerequisites courses you may need to complete your B.S. degree. In general, students are limited to no more than four prerequisite courses to be accepted for admission. Georgia State’s School of Nursing is the only nursing college in Georgia that offers the full spectrum of nursing education, from associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Although you will be learning primarily online, our downtown campus location and the extensive healthcare network available to you will be extremely advantageous. We know you are working full time and balancing a tremendous number of obligations as you consider coming back to school. Our commitment to you is that your success matters to us. We will support you every step of your journey.
The online R.N. to M.S. bridge program allows registered nurses with considerable practice experience and an associate degree or diploma from an accredited nursing program to take advantage of this streamlined approach to obtain their graduate degree. Candidates must have a minimum of one year of work experience as a registered nurse. Two years of experience is preferred. You will need to complete additional prerequisite* undergraduate coursework before taking any master’s level nursing courses. *See additional course information in the “Additional Information” tab for prerequisite information. You also will need to have a clinical site arrangement one semester before registering for one of the prerequisite courses (Caring for Families and Communities). We will work with you to plan for this and discuss the courses you need to progress toward your M.S. in nursing. Georgia State is well known for our work in student success, and that includes support at each stage of your journey through your graduate work. Once you begin your master’s level coursework, you will be heading toward a nurse practitioner specialty in one of four areas: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Family Nurse Practitioner Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Nurse practitioners tend to earn more and are given more leadership responsibilities in their organizations. As a Georgia State student, you will be part of the only nursing college in Georgia that offers the full spectrum of nursing education from associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees (including D.N.P. and Ph.D.) and access to a range of healthcare organizations. Georgia State nursing faculty are committed to your success, and we want to be a convenient, affordable education partner throughout your nursing career.
The Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions offers a bachelor of science degree in Nutrition with concentrations in Nutrition Science and Nutrition and Wellness. The Nutrition Science concentration provides a strong foundation for those interested in positions in applied sciences or for those pursuing pre-professional (medical, dental, occupational therapy, speech pathology and dietetics) studies. After completing the core requirements, students take courses in physiology and nutrition (required for the major) and may take additional courses in nutrition, biology, biochemistry, chemistry and physics (electives). Students interested in eventually pursuing Georgia State’s Coordinated Program, which prepares students to become registered dietitian nutritionists, should choose the Nutrition Science concentration. The Nutrition and Wellness concentration prepares students for entry-level careers in the nutrition, health and wellness fields. After completing the core requirements, students take courses in nutrition and gerontology (required for the major), and may take additional courses in nutrition, psychology, sociology or other approved areas (electives). This program provides students with a well-rounded understanding of the health and nutrition needs of the public over the lifespan and equips students with health communication skills. These skills and this knowledge will help prepare students for positions in nutrition and wellness promotion in government agencies and private industries.
The occupational therapy doctorate program prepares students to improve human lives through innovations in research, community engagement and education in occupational therapy and rehabilitation in general. The rigor and demands of the program match the need for occupational therapy services in a dynamic healthcare system that is highly technological and global. The scientific study of humans as occupational beings is a central concept of this program, a concept based on the fundamental premise that occupation is an integral part of life and a prerequisite to participation. The program embraces the American Occupational Therapy Association Vision 2025 and focuses on producing leaders who use creative and critical thinking and clinical reasoning with great effectiveness and efficiency. Unique features of the program: Flipped classroom teaching model throughout the curriculum. The material is first introduced outside of class in a flipped classroom – via videos, websites, reading materials, etc. Then, skills that would have been homework in the traditional learning environment are mastered in the classroom with the instructor’s assistance. Research partnerships with local universities and other schools at Georgia State, such as Georgia State’s School of Music, Emory and Georgia Tech. Community-based learning opportunities working with at-risk and underserved populations, such as refugees, homeless veterans and adults with serious mental illness.