Graduate Admissions

Application Deadlines

Fall admission — July 1
Spring admission — November 1
Summer admission — March 1

Doctoral program — Dec. 15

International applicants have earlier deadlines and additional application requirements. To ensure completion of your immigration papers and timely review of your application, we recommend that you submit your application early to allow time for processing of international documents, including visas.

Please see the section below titled “Additional requirements for international students” for a list of other requirements

Application Requirements

All applicants for master’s and doctoral programs in FSU’s School of Communication must satisfy university requirements as well as departmental requirements.

Florida State University Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit the University Admissions Office’s Online Application Form. 
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee of $30. Application packets will not be reviewed until the fee has been paid.
  • Submit a completed Residency Affidavit. All applicants must submit this form, which is completed online.
  • Arrange for two copies of official transcripts to be sent from each college or university attended. These must come from the schools; student copies of unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and request scores to be sent to FSU. We will accept the general GRE test, including the verbal and quantitative sections, if it was on file with the FSU’s Admissions office by January 1, 2003. Otherwise, you must take the new GRE test, which contains verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Go to the Educational Testing Service Web site for more information.

School of Communication Graduate Admission Requirements

In addition to the university requirements listed above, all Communication graduate program applicants must meet the School of Communication requirements listed below. You do not need to submit a separate School application; your university application specifies a program within the School of Communication to which you are applying. Admission is competitive; meeting the following requirements does not guarantee admission, only consideration.

  • An excellent undergraduate academic record, from accredited universities, to include a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). In addition, doctoral applicants should have a minimum of a 3.3 in their master’s degree work.
  • Verbal and Quantitative GRE scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement to be evaluated for its clarity of expression, creativity and persuasiveness in arguing that (1) the applicant has the necessary record of preparation and performance to succeed in the program; (2) the applicant’s goals can be served by the program’s courses and experiences; (3) the program itself can benefit significantly from the applicant’s talent and experiences; and (4) the applicant will enrich the diversity of students in his or her program. In making these arguments, please address the following questions specifically:
    • What are your career goals; that is, what do you plan to be doing in five years and in 10 years?
    • Why have you chosen to apply to our master’s or doctoral program?
    • What experiences and competencies make you a strong candidate for our program (research skills, computer literacy, teaching experience, awards, etc.)?
  • A resume or writing sample (optional for master’s students; required for doctoral students).

These documents are to be submitted with your online university application. Instructions for submitting supporting documents. (pdf 31.38 kB)

Additional requirements for international students:

  • Provide proof of proficiency in both spoken and written English language: An international applicant whose native language is not English, or who has not completed a degree at an English-language university, must have taken the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam within the past five years. The Educational Testing Service administers this test. For more information:
  • Provide Certification of Financial Responsibility. This required form may be downloaded online or requested from the university.
    NOTE: The completed CFR is submitted to the International Center. Instructions and address are on the form.

Need more information?

Questions about School Admission Requirements:

Natashia Hinson-Turner, Graduate Coordinator
School of Communication
Suite 3100, University Center C, FSU
P.O. Box 3062664
Tallahassee, FL USA 32306-2664

Questions about University Admissions Requirements:

Office of Admissions
The Florida State University
P.O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL USA 32306-2400

Questions about Communication Graduate Programs:

Betsy Crawford, Graduate Recruiter
College of Communication & Information