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Graduate Admissions

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Graduate School Admissions is limited and competitive. Students must meet both University and departmental requirements. You are encouraged to explore this website for general University admission information and the academic department website of your intended major for specific admission requirements. More information can be found on The Graduate School website. Please feel free to contact us with any of your questions that are left unanswered after browsing our websites.

The Process

The graduate application is available online. It is recommended that the application be submitted nine to twelve months prior to the proposed term of enrollment.

To complete the process in the Office of Admissions, applicants must submit the following:

  • An official transcript 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. FSU transcripts or official transcripts already on file will be obtained by the Office of Admissions. Transcripts are considered official when they bear an official seal and signature and are sent from the issuing college or university directly to FSU. Transcripts bearing the statement "Issued to Student," notarized transcripts, or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.
    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.
  • Official nationally standardized graduate admission test scores.
  • The residency form, if applicable.


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.

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 the current status of your application. To access the OSC, you should go to 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 the Online Status Check on a regular basis. To ensure receipt of our emails, include in your address book.


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. Information on University requirements can be found on this page. A directory of academic departments can be found at


As one of the top research universities in the country, outstanding facilities and libraries are a given. What is not, are world-class faculty members who are committed to your success. Our faculty works with you in a supportive and collaborative environment, continually challenging you to reach your highest educational goals.

Professional Programs

Our College of Medicine offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for any specialty or medical setting with special attention to family care, geriatrics, and the needs of underserved populations. Our College of Law enjoys an ever-increasing national reputation and provides students with a strong legal education in a collegial and supportive environment. Both the College of Medicine and College of Law have their own Admission Offices.