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Questions & Answers:
Florida State University has made the decision to temporarily waive the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) requirements for most Master’s and Specialist programs. Test scores are still required for admission to The College of Business and doctoral programs.
In addition, many graduate programs offer GRE/GMAT waiver opportunities to those that meet the requirements. For a full list of programs that offer the GRE/GMAT waiver and requirements, click here.
For more information about the university's graduate requirements of admission, please visit https://gradschool.fsu.edu/graduate-admissions. In addition to university admission requirements, each department may have additional requirements. Please contact your graduate representative for more information.
ETS offers free and low-cost test preparation materials including practice tests, sample questions with explanations, scoring guides and tips for answering question types. In addition, ETS also provides information on what to expect while taking the GRE, Test Center procedures and regulations, and information regarding what to bring for the GRE.
ETS offers a Fee Reduction Program for individuals who can demonstrate financial need, for those who are unemployed and receiving unemployment compensation, and for national programs that work with underrepresented groups. A GRE Fee Reduction Voucher may be used for one GRE® General Test and/or one GRE® Subject Test. Voucher users pay 50 percent of the regular test fee. Please read more about whether or not you qualify for the Fee Reduction Program here.
Please contact your department to discuss your options.
Each department sets their own application deadline. Please reach out to the department directly to ask about their deadline and if they can work with applicants past their deadline.
Domestic Requirements: University policy allows for application review based on unofficial U.S. transcripts. In most cases, you will not need to submit official transcripts until your first semester at FSU. Please contact your department to see if they have additional transcript requirements. If you are an international applicant, or earned degrees from international institutions, you must submit official transcripts through the SpanTran pathway portal, or from another NACES approved evaluator.
International Requirements: Florida State University only allows for application review with unofficial transcripts from U.S. institutions. If an applicant has a transcript from a non-U.S. and U.S. institution then, we must wait for the credential evaluation to be received before proceeding with the application review. Florida State University will accept SpanTran evaluation in lieu of official transcripts.
Our departmental admissions committees are working hard to review completed applications and promptly make decisions. Updates to your application will be reflected on your Online Status Check. Your department will be able to provide you with an estimate as to when you can expect to receive a decision.
Yes, for students that buy the “Summer only” policy from University Health Services, and meet all other subsidy eligibility requirements. For more information click here.
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Please be sure that all of the information on your application was entered accurately as your academic records are established from the admissions application. You may make changes to your name, sex, gender identity, preferred pronouns, and more on the Graduate Applicant Change Form. You may learn about making additional changes to your application on the Enrollment Information Page.
Yes, Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. If you are unable to provide scores, please reach out to your department to discuss your options.
ETS is currently offering an at home TOEFL option. For more information or to register, please visit the ETS Website.
FSU policy does not allow for application deferment. However, in some cases, students who are unable to attend campus may be able to start classes online until they are able to attend campus. If online or remote formats are not available, we will work with students to reapply for a future term. If you will not be able to join us for your term of admittance, please contact your department so they can help facilitate this process and determine which option is best for you.
Center for Global Engagement advisors are available to provide all immigration services for international students' questions regarding visas. You can contact an advisor via email or schedule a phone or Zoom appointment. Advisors cannot answer questions regarding the length of time it will take to receive a visa. Contact your department for specific questions regarding late arrivals or reapplying for a future term, funding, or your academic program.
International students should contact the Center for Global Engagement to discuss regulations related to visas and online/remote learning. This Center will also provide you with ongoing support and a range of cultural activities for all FSU students.
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Note that classes may be offered “online” (a course specially designed for online learning) or “remote” (traditional classes offered through online platforms). You can now search for “remote” offerings in myFSU’s Class Search using the “Physical Location” field.
Online Class Resources
You will need a computer with speakers and internet access at a minimum. A web camera, either as part of the computer or as an add-on, may be required for some courses. Access to Canvas, Office 365, and many other programs is available either free or at significantly reduced costs for FSU students. You can learn more about the technical requirements and the essential online tools and applications you need in the Student Guide to Learning Online.
If you have a question about your hardware or software, please contact The ITS Service Desk which can provide assistance or referrals to additional support services.
Students experiencing financial hardship related to acquiring the appropriate technology including computers and/or internet availability, should contact Case Management Services at email@example.com.
Classes will be offered “online” (a course specially designed for online learning) or “remote” (traditional lecture or discussion-based classes offered through online platforms). You can search for “remote” offerings in MyFSU’s Class Search using the “Physical Location” field.
Classes will be either synchronous (taught live) or asynchronous (online with no scheduled meeting time). Here’s how to tell the difference in the MyFSU’s Class Search:
- Classes with specific days/time listed: These are synchronous classes. The class will meet virtually at those times via Zoom or other technologies. The registration system will not allow you to enroll in remote, synchronous classes with overlapping times.
- Classes with days/time listed as TBA: These are asynchronous classes. The class will not meet virtually at a specific time and will use alternative teaching methods such as recorded videos allowing coursework to be completed at your convenience.
FSU has a multitude of resources to help you succeed in your classes, whether online or face-to-face. You will learn about these during Orientation. In the meantime, please visit the websites of FSU Libraries, Reading Writing Center, and the Johnston Digital Studio to find schedules for academic support services available.
All books and other class materials may be purchased through the FSU bookstore and shipped to your house.
Students can apply for learning accommodation services through the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS). You may apply for services at any time during the semester, but the OAS will require at least seven (7) days to process your application and schedule the intake meeting. The application is available online.
Connect with the FSU Community
There are many ways to engage with the FSU community, from fitness classes and dialogues to International Coffee Hour, gaming competitions and student live tweeting events. To learn more about events, visit the FSU Calendar. Additionally, there are also student support resources available by following @FSUDSA on Twitter and @FSUStudentAffairs on Instagram.
Florida State students are involved in over 700 recognized student organizations (RSOs)! Learn more about them by logging into Nole Central, where you can connect with RSOs centered on community services, academics, multicultural communities, performance, politics, religion and faith, sports and so much more! Stay connected with The Graduate School on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
Questions or Concerns
We are here to assist you in any way possible. If you have any questions regarding graduate admission, please contact the department to which you are applying. If you are unsure who your departmental contact is, please feel free to contact the Graduate Enrollment Team at (850) 644-4723 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected.
Campus tours are are available through the FSU Visitors Services. Additionally, please contact your department to learn if department tours are available.
FSU policy does not allow for application deferment. However, in some cases, students who are unable to attend campus may be able to start classes online until they are able to attend campus. If online or remote formats are not available, we will work with students to reapply for a future term. If you will not be able to join us, please contact your department so they can help facilitate this process and determine which option is best for you.
FSU takes pride in its exceptional level of support for veteran/military students. The hub of this support is the Student Veterans Center which strives to:
- Process the educational benefits provided through Veterans Affairs (VA), Tuition Assistance (from all service branches) and other sources
- Facilitate community through veteran-centered events and activities
- Assist with residency policies and programs (including Yellow Ribbon) that qualify most veteran/military students for in-state tuition
- Offer online checklists and forms that streamline veteran/military students’ FSU experience
- Foster connections among veteran/military students and with the general campus community
For additional information and assistance, contact the Student Veterans Center via email or by calling (850) 644-9562.