Graduate Application Process

Application Procedures for Prospective Graduate Students



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. To begin your application navigate to:

STEP 1. The first part of this online application requests general application information for admission to graduate study. Once you have submitted this application, you will be able to upload additional documents and send prompts to your referees.

STEP 2. The second part of the application asks you to upload supporting documents, including a statement of purpose, transcripts, and test scores. Please note that we will accept unofficial copies of your transcripts and test scores during the application process. However, if you are recommended to the university for admission by the Physics Department, you will need to have official transcripts and documents sent to the FSU Office of Admissions directly from the appropriate institutions.

GuideLINES: 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.

STEP 3. The third and last part of the online application process will require you to arrange three letters of recommendation. 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 the application portal when prompted (after submitting the online application). A message will be sent to your referee, who will be prompted to submit a letter on your behalf.

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 the $30.00 application fee.

For more information or if you have any questions or problems in the application process, please contact:

Graduate Office:

Department of Physics
Florida State University
77 Chieftan Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306
Email: send email/show email

Phone: (850) 644-4473
Fax: 850 644-8630


FSU Office of Admissions:

FSU Office of Admissions
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL USA 32306-2400
Email: send email/show email

phone: +1 850 644 3420
Fax: +1 850 644 0197

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