Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline?

We encourage all applicants to submit their application before January 1st to ensure you are considered for funding.

How do I apply for financial support?

All applicants who submit their application before the January 1 deadline are automatically considered for funding. There is no separate application.

I am an international student. What are my chances of financial aid?

All applicants will be considered for funding when they apply. Students originally from one of several Latin American or Caribbean nations are also eligible for the Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship.

For additional financial resources we refer you to the Graduate College.

Can you waive the application fee?

No. The university refuses to waive the application fee under any circumstances. 

Do I need to take the TOEFL? What about other English proficiency exams?

All international students must provide language proficiency scores. Currently, the graduate college accepts scores from several testing agencies. For a complete listing, please click here.

Can I substitute the GMAT for the GRE?

No. The GMAT is not considered an acceptable substitute. 

Am I guaranteed admission if I meet the GRE and GPA minimums?

No. The admissions committee reviews the entire application package when making a decision.

Am I automatically rejected if I don’t meet both the GRE and GPA minimums?

No. The admissions committee reviews the entire application package when making a decision.

If I come on my own funding and do well in the program, can I earn a teaching assistantship in subsequent years?

This does happen on rare occasions, but the limiting factor is availability of funds (very hard to predict).  

Can I submit unofficial transcripts as a part of my application packet?

No. The university requires official transcripts when you apply.

I am an international student, do I need to submit an English translation of my transcript?

Yes. The university now requires students to submit a translation of the transcript. If this is not submitted, an applicant cannot be formally admitted to the graduate school. Delays in submitting the translation (i.e., Spantran) can delay the issuance on an I-20 and delay your scheduling of a visa interview.

Is the GRE still required?

Yes. While many universities have made the GRE optional following COVID-19, the FSU Department of Economics still requires the submission of the GRE as a part of your application packet.

Do I need a faculty sponsor to apply?

No. Students do not need a sponsor in the department to apply.