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Graduate Requirements

Admission to graduate study is a two-fold evaluation process. The Office of Admissions determines eligibility for admission to the University, and the academic department or college determines admissibility to the degree program. Final admission to the University is subject to approval by the Office of Admissions.

Once you have applied, the Online Status Check (OSC) will allow you to check on the receipt of transcripts and test scores, as well as the current status of your application. Log in with your FSUID and password. (Please be aware that our office processes thousands of applications each semester, and it takes time for files to be updated, especially around deadlines.)

Many of our communications, including your admission decision, are sent electronically. Please make sure that we always have your most up-to-date email address. You will need to check your email account and the Online Status Check on a regular basis. To ensure receipt of our emails, include graduateadmissions@admin.fsu.edu in your address book.

There is a non-refundable $30 graduate application fee (does not pertain to graduates applying for readmission).

Transcripts

Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions. Transfer credit posted on the records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the original institutions. Official transcripts for these credits must also be submitted. Transcripts are considered official when they bear an official seal and signature and are sent from the issuing college or university directly to Florida State. FSU transcripts or official transcripts already on file will be obtained by the Office of Admissions.

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.

The address for submitting transcripts is:

Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Transcripts sent to the Panama City campus will be forwarded to the Tallahassee campus for review.

Graduates

Minimum University Admission Requirements

In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, an 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 coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's 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 admission test that are acceptable for the academic program to which the applicant is applying.

In addition to the above, all students must be in good academic standing at the last institution in order to be considered for graduate study.

Individual academic departments or colleges may impose more restrictive admission requirements. Program requirements may be based on other factors, such as research interests of the prospective student, letters of recommendation, personal statement, interviews/portfolios/auditions, or other factors specified by the program. The Graduate School Handbook contains more detailed information. If a program requires additional documentation (other than transcripts and test scores), this documentation may need to be sent directly to the department for review rather than the Office of Admissions. For department specific requirements and mailing information visit, /Academics/Graduate-Programs and select your desired program

Test Requirements

Official test results are required from a nationally recognized standardized graduate admission test, such as the Graduate Record Examination revised General Test (GRE) 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.

Each degree program has specific requirements, and applicants should consult with the appropriate department for admission testing requirements.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS), Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), and the Psychological Corporation do not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you must retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency.

The GRE revised General Test is offered year-round at testing centers worldwide. GRE subject tests are offered several times a year at numerous testing centers in the United States and abroad.

Application Process

  1. Apply online . It is recommended that the application be submitted nine to twelve months prior to the proposed term of enrollment. Submit an official transcript from each college or university attended. Transfer credit posted on the record of another institution is not accepted in lieu of submitting the official transcript from the original institution. FSU transcripts or official transcripts already on file will be obtained by the Office of Admissions. Transcripts are considered official when they bear an official seal and signature and are sent from the issuing college or university directly to FSU. Transcripts bearing the statement "Issued to Student," notarized transcripts, or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.
  2. 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.
  3. Submit an official nationally standardized graduate admission test scores.
  4. Submit supporting residency documentation , if applicable.

Readmission

If you have never attended Florida State University as a degree-seeking student and wish to apply, please review the graduate admission requirements above. If you meet any of the conditions below you may continue with the Readmission application process:

  • You were previously enrolled in a graduate program at Florida State University and have been absent for two or more semesters, including the summer.
  • You were academically dismissed from Florida State and have been absent for two or more semesters, including summer. (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.)
  • You withdrew from Florida State and have been absent for two or more semesters, including summer.
  • Your last term of enrollment at Florida State was administratively cancelled and you have been absent for two or more semesters, including summer.
  • You earned a graduate degree from Florida State and wish to pursue a second graduate degree.

Other Considerations

  • Graduate students who wish to change degree levels (i.e., master's to doctoral or doctoral to master's) before earning the degree should not complete this application. A memorandum from your academic department requesting the change should be sent to the Graduate Section of the Office of Admissions.
  • Graduate students who wish to change majors before completing the degree should complete a Change of Major form available at the Office of the Admissions and Records.
  • Graduate students wishing to dual enroll in more than one academic program at the same time should contact The Graduate School to complete a Dual Enrollment Request form.
  • Graduate readmission will require approval from the academic department with final approval by the Office of Admissions.

Non-Degree Seeking

Enrollment as a post-bachelor's non-degree student is subject to approval by the Office of Admissions provided the student is in good academic standing at the last institution attended. Registration is on a space-available basis and, in some cases, may require departmental approval. Applicants who have been denied admission as a degree-seeking student or who missed the deadline for submitting a degree-seeking application will not be considered for enrollment as a non-degree student. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Coursework taken as a non-degree student carries no degree credit. Up to 15 semester hours earned as an undergraduate non-degree student may be applied toward an undergraduate degree only with the approval of the appropriate dean at the time of reclassification. Up to 12 semester hours earned as a graduate non-degree student may be applied toward a graduate degree only with the approval of the appropriate department chair and dean at the time of reclassification provided that a grade of "B" (3.0) or better has been achieved. Non-degree students must adhere to the same academic rules that govern degree-seeking students (i.e., application deadlines, fees, drop/add, withdrawals, grading, retention policies, etc.).

Students seeking reclassification from non-degree student status to degree-seeking status must submit an application via the standard admission procedures. All information used to make an admission decision must be received by the published deadline. Enrollment as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to the University as a degree-seeking student at a later date.

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