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The Graduate Application Process
Step 1: Submit Your Application
Once you have decided on a desired start term and program, complete and submit your application online here.
Many academic programs only accept applications for a specific admit term. Contact your academic department to determine which admit term to apply. It is recommended that you submit your application as soon as the admit term opens. This will allow you ample time to complete all of your departmental application materials and requirements. Please see university deadline information below.
Step 2: Receive Email Invite to Status Page
After you have submitted your application, you will be routed to your Application Status Page. The Status Page is where you will pay your application fee, add recommenders to your application, and upload required application materials.
We recommend checking this page often for updates on your application, important university updates, and contact information for your department.
Step 3: Complete your Application: the Status Page
Required application materials vary by department and will be reflected on your Status Page within one day.
If your application requires letters of recommendation, you will be prompted to input recommenders' information. Be sure to notify your recommenders in advance that they will receive an email from FSU with instructions for uploading their letters directly to your application.
The application fee is 30.00USD. You will be able to pay by credit card, debit card, or e-check. Unfortunately, the Office of Admissions is unable to waive the application fee payment for graduate applicants.
University Admission 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. Please contact your department for program requirements.
In order to meet university admission requirements, applicants must meet the minimum requirements listed below:
Previous Degree Earned Requirements
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 Score Requirements
Test scores from a nationally standardized graduate admission test that are acceptable for the academic program to which the applicant is applying.
Official test results are required from a nationally standardized graduate admission test. Use the following institution codes when requesting the official scores:
- The Graduate Record Examination revised General Test (GRE) FSU Institution code: 5219,
- The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) FSU Institution code: PN8K567,
- The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) FSU Institution code: 5219,
- 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.
Although official scores are required, most departments will begin to review your application with self-reported scores, while they are waiting for the official scores to arrive.
Some programs offer an option to waive the GRE requirement. A list of these programs can be found here.
Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Graduate 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.
To upload unofficial transcripts, go to your Application Status Page under the "upload materials" section, and select "Unofficial College Transcript". Be sure to upload transcripts from any university you have earned credits from.
The university policy allows for application review based on unofficial transcripts. Then, if admitted, you must submit official transcripts within your first semester. However, your department may have additional requirements regarding transcripts. Please contact your department for additional information.
We recommend that you have official transcripts sent to FSU electronically to email@example.com. If this is not an option, you may submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please note that there may be a delay in processing transcripts that are send via mail.
Office of Graduate Admissions address for submitting Official Transcripts:
Florida State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
314 Westcott Bldg.
Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410
Most academic programs have earlier deadlines than those established by the University, or may admit only for a specific term. Additionally, some departments accept materials later than the departmental deadline date. Prospective applicants must contact the academic program for program application deadlines.
How long will it take to receive a decision?
You will be notified via email as your application progresses through the review process and when you may check your status page to review a decision. For an exact estimate of when you will receive a decision, please reach out to your department.
When should I apply?
You may apply any time before your department’s application deadline, however, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to have ample time to complete required application materials such as: transcripts, letters of recommendation, statement of purposes, etc.
When are application materials due?
The graduate application, application materials, and application fee should be submitted no later than the program’s deadline. However, some departments accept materials later than the department deadline date. Prospective applicants must contact the academic program for program application and material deadlines. You are welcome to submit your application materials earlier than the deadline as many departments will begin reviewing applications as soon as they are complete.
Can my application fee be waived?
The Office of Admissions is unable to waive the application fee payment for graduate applicants*. In order to complete your application for review, you must submit the application fee payment by logging in to your Application Status Check, along with any other documents required by the department.
*Exceptions may exist for applicants that have completed the FAMU Feeder program, McNair Scholars, or McKnight Scholars. For eligibility for these exceptions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What forms of payment can I use to pay my application fee?
The application payment system only accepts payments from 16-digit credit cards or e-check. Please note that paying with an e-check can take 8-10 business days to be received and processed. If you need additional assistance with payments, you may contact Student Business Services at 850.644.9452.
Do you accept unofficial transcripts and test scores?
University policy allows for application review with unofficial transcripts and test scores. However, some departments may have additional requirements for review and you should speak to the department regarding those requirements. Official transcripts are required prior to completion of the term in which you have been admitted. Failure to turn in official documents will result in a registration hold.
The University policy allows for applicants to self-report their test scores on the Application Status Page after submission. However, some departments may have additional requirements for review and you should speak to the department regarding those requirements. Official test scores are required prior to completion of the term in which you have been admitted.
Can I defer my admission for another term?
Admission to a graduate program is term specific. Therefore, if you are unable to attend the term in which you were admitted, you will need to reapply for a future term.
What is the institution code for test scores?
The institution code for the GRE and TOEFL is 5219.
The code to send GMAT scores to FSU is PN8K567.
How can I calculate my upper-division undergraduate GPA?
The Upper-division undergraduate GPA includes the entire term in which you attempted your 60th credit hour and continues until completion of the baccalaureate degree. Here is a worksheet with more information about what the upper division GPA is and how to calculate it. If you are experiencing difficulties reporting your upper-division undergraduate GPA, you may input your cumulative undergraduate GPA in that space in the meantime. Additionally, your graduate representative will calculate the Upper-Division GPA upon review of your application.
How do I submit application materials and request recommendation letters?
The graduate application at FSU is a 2-step process. In order to have a complete application, you must first submit your online application, here.
Once you’ve submitted your application, you will receive an email with information to access your Application Status Page. The Status Page is where you will pay your application fee, add recommenders to your application, and upload required* application materials.
Please note that required application materials vary by department and will be reflected on your Status Page checklist within one day. Check with your department for questions regarding specific requirements and check back often for updates.
On your Application Status page, click the "recommenders" link and input the names and contact information of your recommenders. Recommenders will then receive an email from FSU with instructions for uploading their letters directly to your application.