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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

President's Message

A dynamic, elite research institution, Florida State University is world-renowned for the quality of its faculty, academic programs and a focus on career success by producing graduates who are critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.

From its excellence in the sciences, arts and humanities, to a service-learning mission that is a model for the nation, an entrepreneurial culture, championship athletics and a prime location in the heart of the state capital, Florida State is widely known for offering an outstanding academic environment. It is one of only two universities in the state to be designated as a preeminent university for meeting rigorous standards of excellence.

Located on Florida's oldest continuous site of higher education, Florida State is proud of its rich heritage and core values that champion excellence at every level. Building on its unique strengths, it is one of the most student-centered universities in the United States, distinctively providing academic rigor and an amazing array of research, creative efforts and engagement opportunities to students in a personal and caring atmosphere.

The University is creating a culture across all academic disciplines that embraces entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary learning and creativity. Through the largest private gift to a public university in Florida — $100 million — Florida State has established the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, the first degree-granting college of its kind in the nation.

Our Student Veterans Center and programs designed to aid student-veterans' transition to academic life, our Honors Scholars and Fellows House, Office of National Fellowships and Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE) are all examples of our strong commitment to help our more than 42,000 students reach their highest academic goals.

As evidence of their success, the University's Garnet and Gold Scholar Society awards undergraduates a credential affirming their leadership and professional, citizenship, and research skills, demonstrating their ability to build collaborative relationships in the academic, local, or global community.

Our dedication to excellence encompasses many realms. With many of our colleges ranked among the country's best, we stand firmly among the nation's top public universities. Led by a world-renowned faculty that has included six Nobel laureates and numerous eminent scholars in the arts and sciences, our academic programs continue to receive major recognition for their quality and overall strength.

Florida State University's sixteen colleges and its Graduate School offer more than 340 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional, and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards approximately 3,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional, and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State has been named by the Institute for Higher Education Policy as one of the top 10 institutions in the nation for its outstanding efforts to improve access and support and educate traditionally underrepresented students.

Florida State's arts programs — dance, film, interior design, music, and theatre — are among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Our creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the country. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other nationally recognized top programs include physics, chemistry, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, education, business and law.

At the doctoral level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory — home to the world's most powerful magnets.

Our excellence shines beyond traditional academic settings. Located in countries throughout the world, our international programs are unparalleled. In the area of athletics, our scholar-athletes continue to perform at championship levels on and off the field, and their hard work and dedication add to this University's outstanding reputation. Our students supplement their academic pursuits each year with hundreds of thousands of hours of community-service outside of the classroom. In immeasurable ways, this University reaches out to our community, region, state, and nation. This level of service has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation, which has selected Florida State for inclusion in its prestigious Community Engagement classification.

With a dedicated faculty and staff, a commitment to strong graduate and undergraduate programs that prepare students well for the marketplace, and a powerful research agenda that contributes to the nation's economic well-being and quality of life, Florida State University is an exciting leader in higher education. I hope that, as you become a part of our community, you will join us in our continuing pursuit of excellence.