Academics & Research

Our extensive graduate programs make Florida State University an intellectually stimulating environment for graduate students. FSU offers leading graduate and professional programs. Ranking among the nation's top twenty-five public universities are programs in Atmospheric Sciences, Business, Chemistry, Creative Writing, Criminology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Higher Education, Information, Law, Marketing, Meteorology, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration and Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, and Urban and Regional Planning.

As a graduate student at FSU, you can be actively involved in research under the direction of one of our distinguished faculty or through jobs and internships in various departments. Graduate Research Assistantships offer exciting opportunities to participate in on-going research developments at FSU.

Florida State University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive institution that emphasizes the importance of student research.

Research and Scholarly Integrity

Those seeking information on responsible conduct of research and scholarly integrity can find a range of resources on this page.

Inside Graduate Education

As a research university, graduate education is central to the mission of Florida State University. With more than 8,500 graduate and professional students FSU relies on colleges and departments to guide students on a day to day basis. To bring order to this wide range of programs general policies governing graduate education have been established by the Graduate Policy Committee.

Department Listing

A complete listing of Florida State University's colleges, schools, departments, institutes, and administrative units can be found here.

Degree Programs

Florida State University offers an extensive range of graduate and professional programs. Graduate education at FSU includes over 121 master’s degrees, 24 specialist degrees and 78 doctoral degrees. Professional degrees are also offered in Law, Nursing and Medicine.

Graduate Certificate Programs

The graduate certificate programs, ranging from 12 to 21 credit hours, are designed to allow students to take courses in an area of specialization, enhancing their academic and professional experience.

Graduate 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.

Manuscript Clearance

Review Clearance Procedures, Dates & Deadlines, Thesis, Dissertation, and Treatise workshops, and more. 

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials have played a crucial role in the technological evolution of society, from the earliest Stone Age to our modern age, which future generations may call the Silicon Age. The field of Materials Science and Engineering is broad and interdisciplinary, building on fundamentals of engineering, physics, chemistry, and biology. We manipulate microstructural, mechanical, electrical, optical, magnetic, chemical, and biological properties, and use advanced computational methods to develop new materials and modify existing materials. At FSU, MS&E is a completely interdisciplinary graduate program offering M.S.   and Ph.D.   degrees. It is made up of faculty members   from 9 departments across campus who work on a wide variety of materials creating and disseminating fundamental knowledge and developing advanced technologies.