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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.

Graduate Policy Database

The Graduate Policy Committee (GPC) considers University-wide policies related to graduate education and works in accordance with the Steering Committee and the Faculty Senate. When a policy is successfully accepted by the GPC, it has to then normally be approved by the Steering Committee and/or the Faculty Senate (depending on the nature of the policy) in order to be revised and implemented. This website consolidates all original policy documents and pertinent secondary materials that pertain to graduate education at Florida State University. All of these policies were approved actions by the GPC. This database also provides links to the Dean of the Graduate School's Annual Policy Memos and external links to other policy venues throughout the university. 

Research and Scholarly Integrity

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

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 requirement to complete a minor.

Thesis, Treatise, Dissertation

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.

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