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Graduate Admissions

The Process

  • Apply online.
  • Submit an official or certified copy of all transcript(s), diploma(s), and/or degree certificate(s) 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. Transcripts are considered official when they are sent directly from a college or university to our office and contain an official seal and/or signature. All academic records that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Submit official nationally standardized graduate admission test scores.
  • Submit official English Proficiency Test Scores if your native language is not English.
  • Submit the Certification of Financial Responsibility Form.
  • Determine if the major/program of interest has a different application deadline and/or additional major/program criteria, i.e., research interests, letters of recommendation, personal statement, interviews/portfolios/auditions, or other factors specified by the program.

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 at https://admissions.fsu.edu/StatusCheck/ on a regular basis. To ensure receipt of our emails, include graduateadmissions@admin.fsu.edu in your address book.

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.

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 enrolled 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; and
  • An English proficiency exam for those applicants whose native language is not English.

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.

Academic Records

Applicants must submit an official or certified copy of academic records and/or examination results (in sealed envelopes) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions. Academic records are considered official when they have an official seal and signature and are sent from the issuing college or university directly to Florida State University.

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 academic records and/or examination results is:

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

Test Requirements

Official test results are required from a nationally standardized graduate admission 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.

Each degree program has specific requirements, and applicants should consult with the appropriate department for the 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 and the GMAT are 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. The MAT is given at various colleges and universities approved by the Psychological Corporation. Advance registration for tests is required.

GRE revised General Test (GRE)
http://gre.org

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
http://www.mba.com/mba/thegmat


Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
http://milleranalogies.com

English Proficiency Information

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must take an English proficiency exam.
  • English proficiency exams are only valid for 2 years.

Certification of Financial Responsibility

Applicants should complete and submit the Certification of Financial Responsibility (CFR) form to demonstrate proof of adequate funding. Florida State University is required by U.S. federal regulations to verify the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019). Applicants must show proof of financial support for the first year of study and confirm availability of funds for the length of the academic program.

Deadlines

The University deadlines* are listed below; however, most academic programs have earlier deadlines than those established by the University, or may admit only for a specific term. Prospective applicants must contact the academic program for program application deadlines.

Spring Summer Fall
November 1 March 1 July 1

Graduate applications and all supporting documents should be submitted well in advance of the program deadline, especially for those applicants who are interested in being considered for University fellowships, assistantships, tuition waivers, or other special funding.

*If the University deadline falls on a weekend, applicants have until the following Monday to submit their applications and all supporting documents.

Checking Your Application Status

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 checking the current status of your application. To access the OSC, you should go to https://admissions.fsu.edu/statuscheck/. You will 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 Online Status Check on a regular basis. To ensure receipt of our emails, include admissions@admin.fsu.edu in your address book.

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