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General Deadlines


The application deadlines for regular graduate admission are listed below, however, in order to be considered for university-wide awards and assistantships, please read the information pertaining to the program you are applying to carefully.

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

*If the University deadline falls on a weekend, applicants have until the following Monday to submit their applications and all supporting documents.


Please note that all applications are reviewed holistically to determine the applicant’s eligibility. Applicants who do not meet one of these criteria are still eligible to apply and encouraged to address these issues in their statement of purpose.

For more information, please contact the Academic Program Specialist, (850) 644-3060

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Our MPA program is fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and regularly receives commendations from its accreditation reviews. While there are no official rankings of the over 250 graduate public administration programs in the United States, the Askew School is consistently highly rated by the magazine U.S. News and World Report. In its 2018 rankings, U.S. News cited the Askew School as the top ranked program in the state of Florida and in top 5 in the Southeast. Recent studies from other organizations and academic researchers have ranked the Askew School as third in the world in both faculty and student research publication productivity.

Application Requirements:


The Askew School seeks to admit a diverse group of students with strong academic ability and career potential who are committed to public service. Persons seeking regular admission to the MPA program must meet the University's quantitative standards (a grade point average of at least 3.0 on all upper division work, required scores on the Graduate Record Examination or other approved test such as the GMAT), furnish three letters of recommendation (including two from professors for recent students), and provide a career goal statement.

The School may grant provisional, and in some cases conditional, admission to students who meet the minimum university admission requirements, but whose records indicate some weakness in preparation. During their first semester, such students may be required to participate in programs such as the FSU Center for Intensive English Studies to enhance their chances of success and/or meet specific particular performance requirements.

Students who do not meet minimum qualifications may attempt to prove their ability to do graduate work by enrolling as non-degree seeking "special students" (consult the University Bulletin under Non-Degree Seeking Student Regulations). Those who seek this route to admission should enroll in a maximum of 12 hours (including PAD 5050, 5700, and two other core courses over two terms) and earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for all graduate work. Such applicants are forewarned, however, that successful performance as a non-degree seeking student does not assure admission. A limit of twelve credit hours taken as a non-degree seeking student can be transferred into the MPA program if the individual is admitted. If a candidate does not gain admission, he or she may pursue one of the graduate certificate programs offered by the School.

Credit Hours Transfer


Students wishing to transfer course credits from a graduate program are normally limited to nine semester hours of recent courses. Students seeking to transfer credits must submit specified information, including course syllabi, to the MPA director for approval. Askew School students must seek prior approval if they plan to take a class elsewhere and apply it to their MPA degree.

Financial Aid Opportunities


The School offers a limited number of graduate assistantships and scholarships to MPA students on a merit basis. This assistance is generally awarded beginning in the Fall semester of each academic year. Some awards are made to incoming students, while others may be made to students already in the program. To be assured of consideration for such awards, students should submit applications by the beginning of March for the next fall term. Selected students will receive a tuition waiver and a financial stipend for approximately 1/3 time service (15 hours per week). Students may be assigned as research or administrative assistants.

In addition, students with strong undergraduate grades and GRE scores may apply through the School for Florida State’s very competitive University Fellowships. Applications must be submitted by January 10th for the following fall semester. These fellowships include an out-of-state tuition waiver. Other fellowship opportunities are announced throughout the year. The Graduate School maintains current information about sources of financial aid on their website. Application forms for loans and financial assistance may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid. In addition, the Division of Student Affairs has information on assistantships available elsewhere in the university.

Florida State also offers a number of financial aid programs for economically disadvantaged students. The deadlines are typically early January, and require separate applications. Qualified students are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

  • The Auzenne/Wilson Assistantship program for Black graduate students offers stipend which may be supplemented by the Askew School (application due in early January).
  • The FAMU Feeder Fellowship for Black graduate students provides support which may be supplemented by the School (application due in early February).
  • Application Materials Needed:


  • Statement of Purpose explaining career and educational goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Official and verified GRE Scores (Florida State University's test code is 5219)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International applicants whose native language is not English will need to submit an English proficiency exam such as the   TOEFL or IELTS directly to Admissions
  • Official Transcript from each institution college credit was earned or attempted
  • Transcripts should be mailed directly (or sent electronically via your school) to FSU Admissions at:

    Florida State University
    Office of Admissions
    A2500 University Center
    282 Champions Way
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
    USA

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    A research-oriented degree, the Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy prepares students for careers in advanced teaching, research, and administration. The curriculum affords the highest level of education in theory and methods. Graduates will be able to move comfortably through academic, governmental, consulting, and research organization in the United States and abroad.

    Application Requirements:


    Minimum admission standards include a score of 302 on the Graduate Record Examination Verbal and Quantitative sections (a minimum score of at least 153 on the Verbal and 144 on the Quantitative is preferred), except under exceptional circumstances. In the old GRE system, that means a score of 1100 on the Verbal and Quantitative (a minimum score of at least 500 on both sections is preferred). Other Minimum admission standards include a GPA of at least 3.0 (i.e., “B”) in undergraduate work after the first 60 hours, as well as a 3.5 GPA in previous graduate work, and at least three letters of recommendation are required, preferably written by faculty who are familiar with the applicant’s academic ability. Professional experience is encouraged but not required for admission. Occasional deviations from these standards are allowed for applicants who possess exceptional qualities that are not reflected in these criteria. Higher attainment on one measure may offset lower attainment on another. Academic attainment will receive primary emphasis in admission decisions. Because admission is competitive, no particular GRE score and/or grade point average guarantees acceptance.

    Credit Hours Transfer


    Once admitted, it is the student’s responsibility to petition the Ph.D. Committee in writing if s/he wishes courses to be waived or transfer credits to be allowed. This must happen immediately upon matriculation. Under no circumstance should it occur later than the student’s first semester in the program. The petition should state the course name and number, date the course was taken, and institution where it was taken. A syllabus of the course from the institution where it was taken should be attached to the petition, along with any available supporting documents, such as course papers or exams. A waiver is an indication that the student has taken a similar course at another institution, but credit hours are not transferred. A transfer of credit hours from another institution or program requires that the credit hours were not applied to another degree obtained by the student.

    Financial Aid Opportunities


    The program admits students throughout the year. However, in order to be considered for university-wide awards and assistantships, applications for Fall term should be received by January 5; for department awards and assistantships, applications for Fall term should be received by February 1. Applications received after March 15 are not guaranteed consideration for the fall admission as the class may be full.

    Application Materials Needed:


  • Statement of Purpose explaining career and educational goals
  • Resume/CV
  • Official and verified GRE Scores (Florida State University's test code is 5219)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International applicants whose native language is not English will need to submit an English proficiency exam such as the   TOEFL or IELTS directly to Admissions
  • Official Transcript from each institution college credit was earned or attempted
  • Transcripts should be mailed directly (or sent electronically via your school) to FSU Admissions at:

    Florida State University
    Office of Admissions
    A2500 University Center
    282 Champions Way
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
    USA