Application Procedures for Prospective Graduate Students
Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. If you are unsure about something you see here, have any questions, or would like us to e-mail you a brochure about the FSU Physics graduate program, please contact:
Phone: (850) 644-4473
Fax: 850 644-8630
The deadline for applications is January 15th. Applications received after this date from qualified students will be considered, but may not be given full priority.
Application Criteria Minimum requirements for admission are a 3.0 grade point average in upper-level (junior and senior year) undergraduate course work. The Physics subject GRE is not a requirement, but will be considered as part of your application if you choose to provide it. Students whose native language is not English must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, and 80 on the Internet-based test. Meeting these minimum criteria is a prerequisite for, but not a guarantee of, admission. For more details on Minimum University Admission Requirements follow this link
How to Apply The formal application is prepared and submitted online. U.S. citizens or permanent residents and international applicants should submit their application online.
Please print this page for future reference. You will need it to complete your application.
To begin your application navigate to: https://admissions.fsu.edu/gradapp/
STEP 1. The first part of this online application requests general application information for admission to graduate study. You will be asked to submit to the Office of Admissions one (1) official transcript from each institution you have attended or are attending, and official GRE test scores. The Department of Physics can review your application using an unofficial transcript and self-reported GRE scores. However, an offer of admission cannot be made without an official GRE score report.
STEP 2. The second part of the application asks you to upload supporting documents. Documents can be uploaded in these formats: Word (.doc), Wordperfect (.wpd), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Text (.txt), or Portable File Document (.pdf). File size is limited to 500 kb.
Document 1: Statement of Purpose
Upload a short single-spaced essay (one page) describing why you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Physics at Florida State University. What are your professional goals? What are your research interests? Which faculty might you like to work with? Include any information about yourself that is pertinent to your application, but might not have otherwise been covered in your application. Please use 11 or 12 point font in Times New Roman or Arial. Do not include a cover sheet. This Links gives some useful advice from the Princeton Review about how to write such a statement.
Please compile and upload a list of all of physics and math courses you have taken or are currently taking at the undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) level, when you took them, and the grade you received, in chronological order. Although this information will be in your official transcript(s), having it in this form helps our graduate admissions committee to assess your likelihood of success in graduate school. A template can be found here.
If they are available, upload any unofficial transcripts or GRE score reports. This is especially important if you have taken the GRE or TOEFL in the recent past and it will be some time before ETS releases the official scores. Official copies of these documents must also be sent directly to the FSU Office of Admissions.
STEP 3. The third and last part of the online application process will require you to arrange three letters of recommendations to be submitted on your behalf. Recommendations will be submitted online through AY. First, find three people who will agree to provide a recommendation for you. If a potential letter writer agrees, obtain their e-mail address, and enter it into AY when prompted. An e-mail will be sent to your letter writer directing them to the AY web site to complete a recommendation form. Your letter writer will first fill out a brief questionnaire about your abilities and potential as a graduate student. Then, they will have the opportunity to enter text to provide any additional information.
After you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail that your application has been received. The application will not be processed without payment of fee. The fee is $30 and can be found by following this link.
For more information or if you have any questions or problems in the application process, please contact:
Phone: (850) 644-4473
Fax: 850 644-8630
FSU Office of Admissions:
phone: +1 850 644 3420
Fax: +1 850 644 0197
International Student are directed to the following two web sites for further comprehensive information about university admission: