Graduate Specialized Studies

The Way It Works

specialized studies

A specialized studies program refers to an organized curriculum that enhances or complements the degree to be awarded, but may not be used to satisfy a degree program’s requirement to complete a minor. “Such a curricular offering shall be as defined by the university with the credit-hour length set in accordance with the university policy, except that the number of credit hours shall not equal or exceed the number of credit hours established for a program major at the same degree level” [BOG Regulation 8.011 (7)(a)].


  • Specialized Studies may be offered at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Specialized Studies will not be noted on transcripts.
  • Specialized Studies may not bear the official FSU Registrar’s seal.
  • Specialized Studies may issue a “Recognition of Completion” document.

Students should contact the respective department/unit for more information regarding admissions and general graduate specialized study program requirements.

Developing a Specialized Study?

Faculty interested in developing a new graduate specialized study should download a Specialized Studies Proposal Packet by visiting the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement website

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