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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

The Graduate School

Dean: Nancy H. Marcus; Senior Associate Dean: Judith Devine; Associate Dean: Deborah Fadool: Assistant Deans: Brian Barton, Lisa Liseno, Adrienne Stephenson

The first graduate degree was a Master’s of Science (MS) degree in psychology that was awarded to Barbara Elizabeth James in 1903. Boris Gutbezahl, a student in the Department of Chemistry was awarded the University’s first Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1952. The mission of the Graduate School is to advance the quality and integrity of graduate education. The Dean of the Graduate School is responsible for the broad oversight of all graduate programs. Florida State University offers an extensive range of graduate and professional programs through the fifteen colleges. Graduate education at FSU includes 125 master’s degrees, 26 specialist and advanced master’s degrees and 80 doctoral degrees. Professional degrees are also offered in Law, Nursing and Medicine. In addition, a variety of opportunities are available for students interested in advanced degrees, including interdisciplinary degree programs, joint degrees, dual degrees, and combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs. Florida State University also offers several online academic degree programs and graduate certificate programs. Details about these programs can be found in the appropriate department chapter of this Graduate Bulletin, and online at The Graduate School Web site at

Degree Programs Administered by the Graduate School

The Graduate School administers the interdisciplinary master’s and PhD programs in Materials Science and Engineering. See the “Interdisciplinary Program in Materials Science and Engineering” chapter of this Graduate Bulletin for details.

Offices, Centers, and Special Programs

The Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards, a unit of the Graduate School, assists current graduate students in identifying and applying for external fellowships, grants, and awards. The office provides a variety of workshops and events to introduce national funding opportunities, teach strategies for creating competitive applications, and discuss relevant campus policies and procedures. Additionally, students may seek one-on-one support as they polish their proposals. For more information, call (850) 645-0850, e-mail or visit the Web site at

The Frederick L. Jenks Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) provides intensive instruction in the English language to non-English speakers. Its primary target audience is international scholars who are preparing to pursue degree work in American colleges and universities. In addition, CIES evaluates the English speaking proficiency of FSU’s international Teaching Assistants (TAs) through its administration and scoring of the SPEAK test. Along with this assessment, the Center provides credit-bearing classes for those prospective international TAs who need further development of their speaking proficiency in English. CIES also offers a seven-week Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language for FSU students or any in the community who wish to go abroad to teach English. For further information, call (850) 644-4797 or visit the Web site at

The Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) is a University program that helps prepare graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) for their instructional role at FSU and their future career in academia. The PIE program also supports departmental TA training. Through its programs PIE creates opportunities to foster a sense of collaboration and community among graduate student TAs. For more information, see the ‘Professional Development’ section in this chapter or visit the PIE Web site at

The Fellows Society is an interdisciplinary scholarly community consisting of graduate students who hold competitive national fellowships and University-wide fellowships administered by The Graduate School. The mission of the Fellows Society is to have Fellows participate in regular events, including the Fellows Forum, the Annual Orientation and Leadership Training, President’s Social, and other special events, designed to expand the intellectual horizons of its members through the interdisciplinary engagement and leadership development. For more information, visit

Fellowships, Assistantships, and Awards

The Graduate School administers several internal University-wide fellowship and award programs to support or recognize the achievements of new and returning graduate students. In addition, many graduate students receive financial support (stipend and tuition waivers) as Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, or Graduate Assistants. Interested students should contact The Graduate School, departments, and administrative units directly for more details and information.

Each Spring FSU graduate students are recognized for their outstanding contributions in teaching, research and creative endeavors, and leadership at the Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence. These awards include the University’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards, the Graduate Student Research and Creativity Awards, and the Graduate School Student Leadership Award.

Details of these programs, with updated deadlines and due dates, are provided each year on the Graduate School Web site at

Professional Development

Professional development, improving and increasing one’s skill sets, is important at every stage of graduate education and beyond. For example, improving one’s oral and written communication skills and developing an understanding of ethical behavior in research and creative endeavors are types of professional development. At FSU, numerous professional development opportunities are offered by academic departments/programs, the Career Center, and the Graduate School.

The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program assists doctoral and terminal master’s students in preparing for faculty work. Through participation in coursework, workshops, mentoring, and interviewing faculty at other institutions, PFF candidates increase awareness of expectations for faculty performance and of resources available to aid in scholarly careers, and build their readiness to address teaching, research, and related demands of faculty life. PFF program requirements and activities are organized around the keystones of: Teaching Preparation, Research Preparation, Career Development, Mentoring, and Portfolio Development. In order to begin working toward earning the Preparing Future Faculty Academic Certificate, students must complete and submit an application. For more information or to schedule a meeting, contact Dr. Judith Devine, at (850) 644-3886 or To earn the PFF Certificate, candidates must complete a minimum of twelve graduate hours in the areas of Teaching Preparation, Research Preparation, and Career Development. Events are either discipline-specific or campus wide. All FSU doctoral and terminal master’s students are eligible to participate, as are FSU post-doctoral scholars and adjunct/visiting faculty. Candidates who meet specified requirements, often involving participation over a two-year period, are awarded a completion certificate, but PFF events are open to graduate students/postdoctoral scholars/visiting faculty regardless of whether they intend to earn a completion certificate.

FSU’s PFF program coordinates with the national Preparing Future Faculty initiative of the Council of Graduate Schools and the Association of American Colleges and Universities, involving forty-five doctoral degree-granting institutions and more than 300 partner institutions.

To learn more about FSU’s PFF program, check with your academic department, visit, or call The Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

The Preparing Future Professionals (PFP) program assists graduate students in preparing for work outside of academia (e.g., government, non-profits, industry). The PFP program provides opportunities for PFP candidates to improve their readiness for the workforce, whether in the United States or internationally. PFP program requirements and activities are organized around the keystones of Content (skills in the discipline), Ethics/Scholarly Integrity, Professional Preparation (transferable skills), and Portfolio. In order to begin working toward earning the Preparing Future Professionals Academic Certificate, students must complete and submit an application. For more information or to schedule a meeting, contact Dr. Judith Devine, at (850) 644-3886 or To earn the PFP Certificate, students must complete a minimum of twelve graduate hours in the areas of Content, Ethics/Scholarly Integrity, and Professional Preparation. In addition to the coursework requirement, PFP candidates attend professional development workshops, complete an internship/practicum or interviews in the field, and develop a resumé and a portfolio. All FSU graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are eligible to participate. Candidates who meet specified requirements by the time of graduation are awarded a completion certificate, but PFP events are open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars regardless of whether they intend to earn a completion certificate.

To learn more about the PFP program, check with your academic department, visit, or call The Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

Another approach to professional development is the Series of Workshops offered during the academic year for FSU graduate and postdoctoral students. Working closely with outstanding research faculty, administrators, the FSU Center for Leadership and Social Change, the Center for Global Engagement, and the Career Center, the FSU Graduate School offers a wide range of workshops designed to equip students to achieve their educational and career goals. Descriptions of the professional development workshops for the academic year are located at

Each Spring the Graduate School also offers a one-hour graduate course in professional ethics, Responsible Conduct of Research and Creativity (RCRC). The course provides graduate students a practical overview of the professional practices that define the responsible conduct of research and creative endeavors. Practice in ethical decision-making and discussion of possible situations of misconduct are crucial elements of the course. The course explores all nine core instructional areas of RCRC (e.g., Research Misconduct, Human Subjects, Animal Welfare, Conflicts of Interest, Authorship). For more information about the RCRC course, visit, or contact The Graduate School at (850) 644-3501.

The Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) serves as a teaching resource for graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) and departments. Each year, during the week preceding the Fall semester, a university-wide, two-day Teaching Conference/TA Orientation is held for teaching assistants. The conference, an orientation to FSU teaching resources, policies, and best practices of learning and teaching, accommodates TAs across disciplines with varied teaching responsibilities. All instructors are invited to participate in any part of the conference they feel might be useful. University administrators, organizations, faculty, and experienced teaching assistants take part in this program, offering advice and conducting sessions on all aspects of undergraduate teaching at FSU. As a continuation of the PIE Teaching Conference, PIE offers online and face-to-face workshops to enhance teaching throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.

PIE also sponsors FSU’s teaching associate program to assist with departmental teaching assistant training. A PIE Teaching Associate is an experienced graduate student TA nominated by his/her academic department and trained by PIE. These graduate students serve as mentors for other TAs in their department and assist PIE with conferences and other events. This leadership role broadens skills and provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of teaching from a larger perspective. PIE Teaching Associates receive a stipend for an academic year appointment (Fall and Spring semesters). This stipend is in addition to the Teaching Assistantship stipend (and waiver) that will be provided by the department. Applications are accepted in the Spring for the following academic year. Appointments are made each year at the beginning of the Fall semester. For information regarding other programs for TAs offered through PIE or the PIE Teaching Associate Program, visit the PIE Web site at, call (850) 645-7318, or e-mail