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Master of science in nursing (MSN) programs are an ideal route for existing nurses to further their careers in specialized fields. Georgia has a wide range of MSN programs, many tailored to specializations like nursing administration, nursing education, and family practice nursing. For example, Brenau University offers all three of these specializations. Emory University in Atlanta offers nine distinct MSN programs, including specializations in geriatric nursing and nurse midwifery. Brenau and Emory are just two of the over 15 Georgia schools which offer MSN programs.

While most MSN programs enable existing nurses to enter specialized fields, a select few actually provide initial licensure for career switchers from non-nursing fields. Georgia Regents University in Augusta offers this type of “direct-entry” MSN program, in addition to its many MSN programs for existing nurses. The university’s Clinical Nurse Leader direct-entry MSN program spans 16 months of study. Applicants for direct-entry MSN programs must hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and take the GRE exam. Potential MSN students should also be familiar with course prerequisites, which vary by university.

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MSN graduates can pursue specialized roles like nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist. These advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) earn significantly higher pay. For example, Georgia’s RNs earn a median annual salary of roughly $62,000. However, the state’s average nurse practitioner earns about $88,000 per year, and its nurse midwives earn over $91,000 annually. Nurse anesthetist, the highest-paid APRN specialist role, commands a median annual salary in excess of $135,000. MSN graduates can choose from a broad range of active hirers in Georgia, including major healthcare providers like Piedmont Healthcare and Cobb Hospital.

To help both existing nurses and potential career switchers, we’ve compiled a list of the best MSN programs in Georgia. You’ll find them organized below by major city.

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Atlanta

Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Boulevard | Morrow, Georgia 30260
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Emory University
201 Dowman Drive | Atlanta, Georgia 30322
  • Accelerated BSN + MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Georgia State University
33 Gilmer Street | Atlanta, Georgia 30303
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road | Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street | Carrollton, Georgia 30118
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Clayton State University 2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, Georgia 30260
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Emory University 201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
  • Accelerated BSN + MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Georgia State University 33 Gilmer Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Kennesaw State University 1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of West Georgia 1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, Georgia 30118
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Augusta

Augusta University
1120 15th Street | Augusta, Georgia 30912
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Anesthesia
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Augusta University 1120 15th Street
Augusta, Georgia 30912
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Anesthesia
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Savannah

Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus
11935 Abercorn Street | Savannah, Georgia 31419
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
South University - Savannah
709 Mall Boulevard | Savannah, Georgia 31406
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus 11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Georgia 31419
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
South University - Savannah 709 Mall Boulevard
Savannah, Georgia 31406
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other Georgia cities

Albany State University
504 College Drive | Albany, Georgia 31705
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Brenau University
500 Washington Street SE | Gainesville, Georgia 30501
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Georgia College
231 West Hancock Street | Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Georgia Southern University
2670 Southern Drive | Statesboro, Georgia 30460
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Mercer University
1400 Coleman Avenue | Macon, Georgia 31207
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Middle Georgia State University
100 University Parkway | Macon, Georgia 31206
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Thomas University
1501 Millpond Road | Thomasville, Georgia 31792
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle | Dahlonega, Georgia 30597
  • Master of Science: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science: Nursing Education
Valdosta State University
1500 North Patterson Street | Valdosta, Georgia 31698
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Albany State University 504 College Drive
Albany, Georgia 31705
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Brenau University 500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, Georgia 30501
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Georgia College 231 West Hancock Street
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Georgia Southern University 2670 Southern Drive
Statesboro, Georgia 30460
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Mercer University 1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, Georgia 31207
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Middle Georgia State University 100 University Parkway
Macon, Georgia 31206
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Thomas University 1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, Georgia 31792
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of North Georgia 82 College Circle
Dahlonega, Georgia 30597
  • Master of Science: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science: Nursing Education
Valdosta State University 1500 North Patterson Street
Valdosta, Georgia 31698
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion