Professional Degrees

College of Law

College of Law

Juris Doctor (JD) Degree - The Juris Doctor (JD) degree is awarded by the College of Law to students who have satisfactorily completed coursework and related requirements equivalent to three academic years of full-time enrollment.

Potential candidates for this professional degree are selected on the basis of Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, undergraduate grades, letters of recommendation, and goals of the students seeking admission, as communicated by personal statements. Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program at a regionally accredited institution is a prerequisite for law school admission.

The legal curriculum is designed to fit the goal of providing students with the professional skills and core knowledge necessary to engage in legal or law related careers, while complying with standards prescribed by the American Bar Association and the Florida Bar. The first-year curriculum is comprised entirely of required courses in core subjects, and the second- and third-year curricula are primarily comprised of elective courses. Apart from the first-year curriculum, graduation requirements include coursework related to professional responsibility, upper-level legal writing and skills training, as well as pro bono service.

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine (MD) Degree - The mission of the College of Medicine is to educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge, and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority, and underserved populations.

The first two years of medical school, the basic sciences and early clinical exposure are taught at Florida State University and housed in the John D. Thrasher College of Medicine Building. Years three and four are communitybased and focus on clinical training. The community-based model ensures that students receive training in a variety of practice settings including rural and inner-city hospitals, nursing homes, residency programs, clinics and doctors’ offices. Clinical training sites are located in Tallahassee, Pensacola, Orlando, Sarasota, Daytona Beach, Ft. Pierce, several Family Medicine Residency Programs, Marianna, Immokalee, and several other rural communities. Students are connected to the College of Medicine and the respective regional campuses through Internet access, videoconferencing and hand–held data units. Through these units, students can access medical information, communicate with the College of Medicine main campus, and record and evaluate their clerkship and preceptorship experiences.

Professional Science Masters (PSM) Degrees

The Professional Science Masters (PSM) Degree is an innovative new graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. PSM programs consist of two years of academic training in an emerging or interdisciplinary area, along with a professional component that may include internships and “cross-training” in workplace skills, such as business, communications, and regulatory affairs. All have been devleoped in concert with employers and are designed to dovetail into present and future professional career opportunities.

To quote the PSM website ( ), “The Professional Science Masters (PSM) is equivalent to the MBA for the sciences and designed to integrate studies of natural sciences, mathematics, management and law to better prepare students for professional positions outside academia. This two-year degree includes four key elements: 1) industry advisory board; 2) in-depth study in a science-driven field; 3) industry internship (or project); and 4) professional development courses intended to emphasize written and oral communications, leadership, business, and team-builidng skills.”

Professional Science Master's in Computational Science - This PSM program is a two year, professional degree program that prepares students to work outside of an academic setting in industry, government or a national laboratory. The goal of the program is to train students to be technically adept in computational science, to acquire knowledge of an applied science, as well as to be able to manage a project, work in teams and to effectively communicate ideas and results. The PSM program differs from other master's degree programs in science and mathematics at FSU due to its business component and the ties to industry, government and laboratories through the summer internship and the seminar/colloquium series.

Professional Science Master's in Aquatic Environmental Science - This PSM program is an adaptation of the Oceanography MS degree within the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science. The PSM-AQES degree is a non-thesis terminal MS degree with a capstone course that will focus on a project or internship. This project or internship for the PSM students will be supervised collaboratively by FSU faculty and outside employers. A committee of outside advisors drawn from environmental consulting and engineering firms, state agencies, and centers has been formed. This group will form the basis of these outside employers.

Additional Professional Degrees

Professional Master’s in Applied American Politics and Policy - The Professional Master’s in Applied American Politics and Policy is designed for students interested in training for careers in political and governmental organizations that relate to public policy and active politics, such as lobbying, campaign management, and grassroots organization.

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