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Graduate Student Handbook

A Message From The Dean of The Graduate School



"Welcome to The Florida State University..."


Dean Nancy Marcus



I want to extend my personal congratulations to you on your acceptance into graduate studies at The Florida State University. Graduate study is a time of exploration and immersion in a particular specialty. It is a time for the free exchange of ideas, acquisition of new skills, and creation of new knowledge. It is a time when faculty changes from being your teachers to being mentors and colleagues.

The Graduate School supports graduate students in every program at The Florida State University. We provide assistance in academic matters, advice on university-wide degree requirements, information on the availability of financial assistance including assistantships, fellowships and scholarships, as well as approval for theses, treatises, and dissertations.

The Florida State University is recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as engaged in very high research activity, the highest status accorded to a doctoral-granting university. Graduate and professional studies are pursued by approximately 8,500 graduate, law, and medical students. Graduate students at The Florida State University have the opportunity to study with a community of scholars. Our esteemed faculty includes Nobel Laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Guggenheim Fellows, and Pulitzer Prize recipients. Graduate education is a core component of the institution’s mission as a university. You are now part of a select and diverse group. You have come to us from ninety-five foreign countries and all fifty states. We are looking forward to you becoming leaders in your professions and communities.

On behalf of The Graduate School, I wish you success in pursuing your advanced studies, and encourage you to contact us if you need any assistance.




Nancy H. Marcus, Ph.D.
Dean, The Graduate School


Graduate Student Handbook - Download

Graduate Student Handbook PDF (pdf 1.48 MB)

Table of Contents

New Graduate Student Checklist


Financing Graduate Education

  • Budget
  • Employment
  • Fellowships, Assistantships, and Internships
  • Financial Aid Q & A
  • Residency
  • Tuition Rates and Deadlines

Florida State Calendars and Registration Guides

  • The Florida State University Online Calendars
  • Academic Calendars
  • Registration Guide

Campus Map, Building Key/Legend, Buses, Cars and Parking

  • Campus Map
  • The Florida State University Building Key/Legend
  • Buses
  • Cars, Parking

University Graduate Degree Requirements

  • Prerequisites For All Graduate Degrees
  • Master's Degree Programs
  • Doctoral Degree Programs
  • Graduation of Master's and Doctoral Students
  • Professional Degree Programs

University and Community Academic Resources

  • Textbooks
  • Career Development
  • Computing Resources
  • Copies, Mailing, Printing
  • Instructional Support
  • Libraries
  • Listing of Community Libraries
  • Research Support
  • International Program Office
  • Global Pathways Graduate Certificate
  • Student Disability Resource Center

Student Life

  • Health Care & Well-Being
  • Child Care
  • Activities and Events
  • Organizations
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Living in Tallahassee
  • Safety

Steps to Graduation

  • Step 1 – Register
  • Step 2 – Apply for Graduation
  • Step 3 – Prepare your Manuscript
  • Step 4 – Announce your Defense and Successfully Defend
  • Step 5 – Format Approval and Final Submission

The Graduate School Staff


Important University Telephone Numbers & Websites

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    Center for Intensive English Studies Materials Science & Engineering Office of Graduate Fellowships & Awards Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Program for Instructional Excellence Research Computing Center