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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

The Graduate School

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

The first graduate degree was a Master 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 the Graduate Bulletin, and online at The Graduate School Web site

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Programs

The combined bachelor's/master's degree programs provide academically talented students an opportunity to complete a bachelor's and a master's degree in a shorter time span. These programs allow students to double-count graduate courses for both degrees, thus reducing the time it would normally take. For more information visit the Graduate School Web site at

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. Entering graduate students may learn more about getting started with external funding opportunities at The Graduate School's New Graduate Student Orientation. For more information, call (850) 645-0850, e-mail or visit the Web site at

Current undergraduate students can obtain similar support services from the Office of National Fellowships as they begin their graduate planning. For further details, please visit their 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 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, 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 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. Many graduate students receive financial support (stipend and tuition waivers) as Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, or Graduate Assistants. Interested students should contact departments and administrative units directly for more details and information.

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