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2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin

Graduate Admissions

Director of Admissions: Hege Ferguson

Program Directors: Mike Sklens

Associate Directors: Lori Hamilton, Christina Rubin, Anthony Russo, Christina Smith

Assistant Directors: Tyler Eddinger-May, Allison Helms, Stephanie Robinson, Jermaine Williams

Panama City Campus Director: David Henry

General Information

Florida State University encourages applications for admission from qualified students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status in accordance with all pertinent federal, state, and local laws on non-discrimination and equal opportunity. Admission of students to Florida State University is within the jurisdiction of the University, but subject to minimum standards adopted by the Florida Board of Governors. Preference for admission for any term will be given to those applicants whose credentials indicate the greatest promise of academic success in their chosen program of study.

The application for admission is available online at When applying for admission, the Federal Privacy Act of 1974 allows colleges and universities to require the disclosure of social security numbers for the purpose of identification and verification of student records, including registration, financial aid, and academic records, and for verification of identity in connection with the provisions of its services. The University does not use social security numbers for student identification; instead, the University assigns a Florida State University student identification number (EMPLID).

An application cannot be submitted earlier than one year prior to the term for which admission is desired. In addition, the University reserves the right to close admission earlier than the published deadline(s) if any program limit is reached.

The Office of Admissions will post all decisions electronically on the Application Status Check, an applicant's private account created at the time of application. Admission is for a specific term, and if the student is unable to enroll for the term indicated on the Application Status Check, the Office of Admissions should be notified immediately. A change in term will result in a re-evaluation of the application. The applicant should not assume that admission will automatically be granted.

The University reserves the right to request an evaluation of any international academic document. (For transfer credit, an official course-by-course evaluation is required.) We recommend this evaluation be done by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

Offers of admission to the University are often contingent upon the subsequent receipt of official college or university transcripts indicating satisfactory performance and verification of baccalaureate and master's degrees. Failure to submit such documents before the end of the second week of the initial academic term can result in the cancellation of admission and registration.

An application or residency statement submitted by or on behalf of a student that contains false, fraudulent, or incomplete statements may result in denial of admission or denial of further registration and/or invalidation of Florida State University credit and related degrees.

Prior to registering for classes, accepted students must be health compliant. For information regarding this requirement, refer to Florida State University reserves the right to cancel the admission of any applicant whose health record indicates the existence of a condition that may be harmful to members of the University community.


The application is available online at It is recommended that the application be submitted nine to twelve months prior to the proposed term of enrollment.

A nonrefundable application fee of $30.00 is required. Applicants can pay the application fee online via their Application Status Check at If payment is by check or money order, it must be made payable to Florida State University and drawn on a U.S. bank. The application will not be processed without this fee, and there are no provisions to have it waived or postponed, except for applicants in designated sponsored programs.

Deadlines for Applications and Supporting Documents for all Graduate Applicants*

The University deadlines for applications and supporting documents for all graduate applicants are:

Term Application and Document Deadline
Fall July 1
Spring November 1
Summer March 1

*Some departments may have earlier deadlines than those established by the University, or may admit only for a specific term.


An official transcript from each college and/or university attended must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Transfer credit posted on the record of another institution is not accepted in lieu of submitting the official transcript from the original institution. Florida State University and other official transcripts already on file as part of the student's permanent record will be automatically obtained by the Office of Admissions. Transcripts are considered official when they are sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Admissions and contain an official seal and/or signature. Transcripts bearing the statement "Issued to Student," notarized transcripts, or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

Original documents or signed, officially certified photocopies of original documents may be submitted by the student only when institutions outside the United States will not send academic records to other institutions. The verifying signature should be that of an officer of the institution attended. All academic records that are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Certified documents should be true copies that are signed and dated by an educational official familiar with academic records. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted.

Test Scores

Official test results will be required from a nationally standardized graduate admissions test, such as the Graduate Record Examination revised General Test (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or an equivalent test that is acceptable for the program to which the applicant is applying. These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official.

Note: The Faculty Senate and Graduate Policy Committee have waived GRE and GMAT test requirements for the Fall 2020 term for Master's and Specialist applicants.

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit an English language proficiency exam, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic). These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency and are not valid after two years.

Departmental Requirements

All applicants should contact their academic departments for specific deadline dates and departmental requirements, such as departmental application, statement of purpose (letter of intent), résumé or curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, audition or portfolio, and application for fellowship or assistantship. These supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application. Do not mail departmental information to the Office of Admissions. It will delay the processing of your application.

Graduate Student Admission Policies

Admission to graduate study involves acceptance to the department or college in which the applicant expects to earn a degree. Final admission to the University is subject to approval by the Office of Admissions. While there are minimum admission requirements established by the Florida Board of Governors, the University can elect to exceed them.

In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, the applicant must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all work attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working toward a baccalaureate degree, or
  • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, and
  • Test scores from a nationally standardized graduate admissions test that are acceptable for the academic program to which the applicant is applying.

In addition:

  • An applicant who is not in good standing (on probation or dismissal) at the last institution attended will not be considered for graduate study.
  • Departments may impose more restrictive admission requirements than those stated above. It is recommended that applicants contact the academic program directly for information on departmental admission requirements.
  • An applicant who has not earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, may be considered for admission as a provisional graduate student. (International applicants cannot be admitted as provisional.) For information on provisional graduate status, see the subsection on 'Provisional Graduate Students' in this chapter.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English are required to have a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based or 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL examination, 6.5 on the IELTS examination, 55 on the PTE Academic examination, or the successful completion of Level 8 (Advanced Level) at Florida State University's Center for Intensive English Studies. Some departments may require a higher score or may waive the test requirement if the student has received a bachelor's degree or master's degree from a U.S. institution or other institution where English is the required language of instruction. International students expecting to receive appointments as teaching assistants are required to pass the SPEAK test which evaluates the English-speaking ability of non-native speakers of English and is administered at Florida State University. Students who receive a score of 26 or higher on the speaking section of the Internet-based TOEFL examination meet the University requirement to serve in all capacities as a teaching assistant; however, some departments may still require that the student take the SPEAK test.

Provisional Graduate Students

An academic program may recommend that a student be admitted to the University as a provisional graduate student. This requires that the program stipulate conditions that the student must meet during the initial semester/term of enrollment. The student will remain in this provisional category for only one semester/term and must meet all of the stipulated conditions during the initial semester/term to continue in the program. Students entering the University under this category register in the same manner as regular degree-seeking students. International students cannot be admitted into the provisional category.

A provisional graduate student must be reviewed by the academic program and the University at the end of the initial semester/term to determine whether the stipulated conditions were met. If the conditions were not met, the student will not be able to continue in the program. While in provisional status a graduate student must register for graded graduate-level coursework (5000-level or above; excludes S/U courses) commensurate with the load requirements of the program and must earn at least an average of 3.0 for all graduate-level coursework taken.

A hold blocking future enrollment will be placed on the record of a student who fails to meet the stipulated conditions during the initial provisional semester/term; such students will be ineligible to continue in the academic program. Students who met the minimum requirements for admission to the University either initially or during the provisional semester but failed to meet the program-specific conditions may subsequently seek admission to a different academic program as a degree or non-degree seeking student. A provisional student who does not earn at least a 3.0 average during the initial provisional term is not eligible for probationary status in the subsequent semester. Otherwise, a provisional graduate student is subject to the retention and dismissal regulations appropriate to a regular graduate student. For information on non-degree classification, see the subsection on 'Non-Degree Students' in this chapter.

Continuous Enrollment

Please refer to the "Academic Regulations and Procedures" chapter in this Graduate Bulletin for continuous enrollment policies.


Returning graduate degree-seeking students who (1) have been absent from the University for two or more consecutive terms (including Summer); (2) have been dismissed from the University and have been absent for two or more consecutive terms (including Summer); (3) have withdrawn from the University and have been absent for two or more consecutive terms (including Summer); (4) have had their last term of enrollment at the University administratively cancelled and have been absent for two or more consecutive terms (including Summer); or (5) have earned a graduate degree from the University and wish to enroll in a second graduate program, must submit an application for readmission to the Office of Admissions. Academically dismissed students are not eligible for readmission unless they have been reinstated by their academic dean. Reinstatement to continue does not guarantee a favorable readmission decision or admission into a specific major. Refer to the 'Dismissal and Reinstatement' section of the "Academic Regulations and Procedures" chapter of this Graduate Bulletin.

Students who have attempted college work (including correspondence work) at any college or university since their last enrollment at Florida State University must have official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts are considered official when they are sent directly from a college or university to the Office of Admissions and contain an official seal and/or signature. Transcripts bearing the statement "Issued to Student," notarized transcripts, or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

Returning graduate degree-seeking students who have been absent from the University for seven or more years or former provisional graduate students must submit a graduate application to the Office of Admissions according to the procedures prescribed for new admission.

The readmission application and all supporting documents should be submitted by the published deadline of the term for which readmission is desired. (Consult the "University Calendar" chapter of this Graduate Bulletin for specific deadlines.)

Readmitted students are subject to retention requirements in effect at the time of reentrance. In addition, students claiming Florida residency must reestablish their eligibility for this classification when applying for readmission.

Admission/Readmission Appeal Procedure

Applicants to graduate programs who meet minimum University requirements for admission and who are denied admission or readmission to a graduate program may request reconsideration of their applications. The following procedures apply for all applicants who seek review of an admission or readmission decision:

  1. Written requests for reconsideration must be received by the Graduate School within thirty days of the notification of denial. Specific reasons for the request and all supporting evidence should be included with the appeal.
  2. The Graduate School shall forward the appeal to the appropriate academic department within three working days.
  3. The appeal shall be reviewed by a standing committee of the appropriate academic department. This committee shall be composed of members of the graduate faculty and at least one graduate student. The committee has thirty days to review the appeal.
  4. Decisions by the committee shall be immediately forwarded to the Graduate School who will notify the applicant of the decision within seven days. This decision shall be final, and there shall be no further appeals.

Applicants who are denied admission or readmission to the University for judicial and/or conduct reasons may appeal by filing a written petition to the Admissions Committee through the Director of Admissions.

Readmission after Multiple Withdrawals

When a student has withdrawn from the University three or more times, subsequent readmission must first be considered by a committee whose charge it is to assess the student's capability of making satisfactory progress toward the degree. This committee, appointed by the Council of Associate and Assistant Deans, will make a recommendation to the dean of the student's college who will make the final decision.

Second Graduate Program

A student who has completed one graduate degree program at Florida State University must secure the approval of the proposed department before undertaking a second graduate program. Readmission is through the Office of Admissions. Work taken without such approval will not count toward a graduate degree.

Admission as Non-Degree Student

The non-degree student status is open to any post-baccalaureate student for either undergraduate or graduate coursework provided the student is in good academic standing at the last institution attended. Applicants who have been denied admission as degree-seeking students or who missed the deadline for submitting a degree-seeking application will not be considered for enrollment as a non-degree student. Registration begins the day before the beginning of the term and is on a space-available basis. In some cases, registration may require departmental approval.

The non-degree application is available online at The completed non-degree application must be accompanied by a nonrefundable $30.00 processing fee and all official college transcripts. FSU transcripts or official transcripts already on file will be obtained by the Office of Admissions. Applications should be submitted for consideration one semester prior to the desired term of enrollment. Consult the "University Calendar" chapter of this Graduate Bulletin for specific application deadlines. The University reserves the right to close the application process earlier than the published deadlines if warranted by enrollment limitations.

A non-degree student at Florida State University who subsequently decides to seek reclassification from non-degree status to regular degree-seeking status must apply for graduate admission through the Office of Admissions. Enrollment as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to a graduate program.

Work taken as a non-degree student does not automatically carry graduate degree credit; however, if the work is taken within the time limits prescribed by the degree program and approved by the department chair and dean, up to twelve hours of graduate-level credit with a grade of "B" or better in each course may count toward the degree, provided the student qualifies for admission to a graduate degree program.

The University generally does not issue I-20 or DS-2019 visa documents for international non-degree students; however, international students on H-1, H-4, or J-2 visas can apply. In addition, foreign nationals on F-1 or F-2 visas can apply if they have graduated and are doing Optional Practical Training (OPT). Research scholars on J-1 can also apply. The academic program must contact the Center for Global Engagement (, and the student must provide evidence of financial support and other information required by the United States government. In addition, the student must comply with all health requirements, including submitting a health history form and purchasing or providing proof of health insurance coverage prior to enrollment.

For more details, see the "Academic Regulations and Procedures" chapter of this Graduate Bulletin.

Transient Graduate Students

A graduate student seeking a degree from a university other than Florida State University may register for coursework at the graduate level as a non-degree transient student at Florida State University. Transient students must receive prior approval from their graduate deans at their home institution for any courses taken at Florida State University for transfer to their home institutions. The transient application, with approved signatures, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Transient applications can be found at

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University-Florida State University Interinstitutional Registration

A Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) student planning to participate in the Cooperative Program at Florida State University must obtain specific approval from the designated representative in the Office of the Registrar at FAMU. Approval is also required from the department offering the course at FSU. The completed co-op application must be returned to the Office of the Registrar at FAMU by the published deadline. (Consult the "University Calendar" chapter of this Graduate Bulletin for specific application deadlines.) If approval to co-op is granted, the student will be registered for courses at Florida State University by a representative in the Office of the University Registrar at FSU. Some courses may have limited availability, and registration for these courses may be denied or delayed until drop/add at the beginning of the term. The approval of one institution does not bind the other to comply. All tuition and fees are paid at FAMU unless the course has additional departmental fees associated with it. Any departmental fees will be paid at FSU. Florida State University students planning to co-op at FAMU should refer to the "Academic Regulations and Procedures" chapter of this Graduate Bulletin.

Traveling Scholar Program

The University participates in the Interinstitutional Academic Collaborative Traveling Scholar Program that enables a graduate student to take advantage of special resources available on another Atlantic Coast Conference campus but not available at the home campus, such as special course offerings, research opportunities, unique laboratories, and library collections.

A traveling scholar's graduate advisor will approach an appropriate faculty member at the proposed host institution and recommend the scholar for a visiting arrangement. After agreement by the student's advisor and the faculty member of the host institution, graduate deans of both institutions will be fully informed by the advisor and have the power to approve or disapprove. A student will register at the host institution and will pay tuition and/or registration fees according to fee schedules established by that institution. Credit for the work taken will be recorded at the home university.

Each university retains its full right to accept or reject a student who wishes to study under its auspices. A traveling scholar will normally be limited to one term on the campus of the host institution. A traveling scholar accepted by the host institution will be regarded as being registered at that institution for the period.

A traveling scholar is not entitled to displacement allowance, mileage, or per diem payments. The home university, however, may elect to continue the financial support of the traveling scholar in the form of a fellowship or graduate assistantship with any work obligation to be discharged either at the home or host institution.

Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is an interstate agreement among southern states for sharing academic programs. Participating states approve their residents who qualify for admission to enroll in specific graduate programs in other states on an in-state tuition basis. Arrangements traditionally are limited to unusual programs or programs not offered within the state of residence. To enroll as an ACM student, an applicant must obtain certification from the State Coordinator in the student's home state. Students must be admitted to the appropriate degree program by the Office of Admissions, and the letter of certification must be received in the Office of Admissions before the first day of classes for the effective term. Information on the state's authorization of programs or the identity of the coordinator for a particular state may be found at For information on the programs in which FSU participates, contact the Academic Common Market Coordinator, 115 Westcott, (850) 644-7497.

Cooperative Programs in the State of Florida, Division of Colleges and Universities

Cooperative graduate degree programs may be established in which the faculties of two or more of the universities within the state of Florida, Division of Colleges and Universities system join in offering a degree program in a particular discipline. The degree is given by the university authorized by the State Board of Education to offer it, but coursework and faculty participation within agreed upon limits can occur on the campus of either or all of the participating universities. For information on possibilities in a particular discipline, students should contact the academic department.

International Applicants

Notice of Admission

Formal notification of admission to Florida State University comes from the Office of Admissions and is for a specific term. The Center for Global Engagement will process the appropriate immigration form (Form I-20 or DS-2019) necessary to obtain the student's visa when formal admission is granted and all required financial documentation is received.

If the student is unable to enroll for the term indicated on the Application Status Check, the Office of Admissions should be informed immediately. If the student wishes to be reconsidered for a different term, the student must submit a new application and application fee.

Certification of Finances

The Certification of Financial Responsibility (CFR) must be completed before the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019) is issued. The I-20 and DS-2019 are immigration forms presented to the United States Embassy/Consulate in order to obtain a U.S. Student Visa. The University is required by immigration authorities to verify the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Form I-20 or DS-2019; therefore, it is important that the applicant knows the costs of attending the University and has the necessary support funds. More information on the CFR is available at


Before a United States Consul will grant a visa, international applicants must prove that they will have sufficient funding to meet all of their expenses while studying in the United States. Applicants must explain the source of funds noted on their I-20 or DS-2019 form and guarantee that they will receive funding for the duration of the program.

If the student's government limits the amount of money that can be sent to students in the United States, the applicant should make sure that sufficient funds will be available to cover all costs while at the University. When applicants leave their country, they must have enough money to pay for travel expenses to the University, fees for the entire term, living expenses until more money arrives, and the return fare to their home country. If the applicant's government requires verification of enrollment before money can be forwarded, the student may request verification from the Office of the University Registrar after registration is completed at the University.

On-campus employment opportunities are limited, and most international students are not permitted to work off campus except under special circumstances. Students should have access to approximately half of the estimated total yearly amount at the beginning of each semester, since University fees must be paid upon registration at the start of each term. Students should also be prepared for initial expenses such as housing deposits, insurance, utilities, etc. The most up-to-date cost estimates for international students can be found at These estimates are for unmarried students with no dependents. Additional funds must be included for a spouse and/or family.

Passports and Visas

International applicants need a current passport from their own government and a visa from the United States Embassy/Consulate to enter the United States. Applicants should apply for a passport as soon as possible, although in some countries it will be necessary to provide proof of admission to a school in the U.S. before a passport is granted.

Students already in possession of a passport must make sure it will remain valid for six months from the date they plan to enter the United States. It would also be prudent for students to check with the Embassy or Consulate of their native country to find out how passports are renewed while in the U.S. In some cases, students may need to get an extension of validity from their home country.

If students are coming to the University specifically for the purpose of studying, they need to apply for a Student Visa (F-1 or J-1). It is granted upon presentation of a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 for the F-1 visa and Form DS-2019 for the J-1 visa which is typically granted to government-funded students) and proof that sufficient financial support to cover all expenses for the entire period of study in the U.S. is available. Graduate students holding F-1 or J-1 visas are normally required to carry from nine to twelve semester hours each semester, depending on the requirements of their department and the terms of any teaching or research assistantship.

Health Insurance Requirement

University Health Services provides outpatient care. Because students are likely to incur costs for medical care beyond that provided through outpatient services, adequate health insurance coverage must be obtained before they will be permitted to register for classes or to continue enrollment. In addition, international students with "J" visa status who will be accompanied by dependents are required by federal regulations to purchase health insurance coverage for them. For more information regarding the health insurance requirement, refer to

International applicants are required to complete and submit a health history form that describes previous illnesses and/or surgery. If students have had tuberculosis (or scars appearing on chest X-rays) or other serious infectious diseases, they must have a thorough medical examination before coming to the University and must bring these reports to campus. International applicants must be immunized according to state of Florida requirements, and must show proof of such immunization prior to registration. Students will not be allowed to enroll until they have submitted the health history form and have purchased insurance or provided proof of health insurance that meets the minimum coverage required by the state of Florida.

Center for Intensive English Studies

English is the language of instruction and communication at the University. International applicants who lack sufficient English language preparation must correct this deficiency before being admitted to the University. Students may do this in their home country or in the United States at a school that offers an intensive English language program. Florida State University offers such a program through the Frederick L. Jenks Center for Intensive English Studies. Detailed information on the Center may be obtained at

Successful completion of English Studies at the Frederick L. Jenks Center for Intensive English Studies does not guarantee admission to Florida State University.

Center for Global Engagement

The Center for Global Engagement (CGE) provides immigration advising and support services to international students. Upon arrival at Florida State University, international students must immediately check in with the CGE. An orientation for new international students is required. In addition to the International Student Orientation, the Graduate School and most departments hold orientation sessions for new graduate students the week before classes start. Incoming international students are not allowed to register until they arrive in Tallahassee, report to the CGE, attend the International Student Orientation, obtain health insurance coverage, and submit their medical health history form to University Health Services.

Federal reporting requirements make it essential for international students to enroll in a full course of study. For information about regulations that govern both F and J visas, international students should refer to

Admission to the Panama City Campus

Graduate students interested in attending the Panama City campus may request information from the Panama City Office of Admissions and Records, Florida State University, 4750 Collegiate Drive, Panama City, FL 32405-1099, or online at

The same policies, procedures, and requirements that pertain to the Tallahassee campus apply to the Panama City campus.

Deadlines for applications and supporting documents at the FSU Panama City campus are the same as the Tallahassee campus. Further information is available by calling the Panama City Office of Admissions and Records at (850) 770-2160 or by visiting their Website at

Admission to the College of Law

For information regarding the College of Law and for receipt of a complete application packet, interested students should contact: Florida State University, College of Law Admissions, P.O. Box 3061601, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1601 or visit

Admission to the College of Medicine

Primary application for admission to the College of Medicine should be made to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). For information regarding the secondary application and admission to the College of Medicine, interested students should contact: Florida State University, College of Medicine Admissions, P.O. Box 3064300, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300 or visit