Florida State University

International Affairs

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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International Applicants

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International students are important to us – we want international students in our program! International students bring diversity and richness to our programs. This pushes our own domestic students out of their comfort zones and lifts up the entire program. Through group work and interaction, all students learn, develop, and truly become global citizens.

Deadlines

Financial Aid ConsiderationBest Date for VISAFinal Deadline
Fall SemesterFebruary 1April 1July 1
Spring SemesterOctober 1October 1November 1
Summer SemesterJanuary 1January 1March 1

Basic Requirements:

  • Earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution.
  • A minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0) in all work attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student (the semester you earn 60 credit hours).
  • *WAIVED UNTIL 2026* GRE scores with a percentile ranking of 50 or higher on the verbal, quantitative, and writing sections. This equates to about 150 in both the verbal and quantitative portions and a 4 in the writing section.

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 are encouraged to address these issues in their statement of purpose.

Materials Needed:

Statement of Purpose

Whether you are a recent graduate with an undergraduate degree or have decades of experience in the field, the Graduate Admissions Committee reviews all applications holistically. We want to evaluate your qualifications for an advanced degree in Public Health.

Your statement of purpose should be:

  • Double-spaced
  • 12 pt. font, and
  • No more than two (2) pages in length

This is one of the most important parts of your admission application. Be sure to read over your statement prior to submission. We do take grammar, spelling, writing style, and tone into consideration.

Please ensure you respond to all the prompts asked:

1. Elaborate on your academic and/or professional preparation for a career in public health. Note any relevant strengths or weaknesses in your background

*If you feel your present record does not reflect your potential, please share why you think you can manage the demands of graduate education

2. Why Florida State’s MPH program specifically? What is your interest?

3. What are your career plans upon completion of the program?

Resume

A resume should be concise, easy-to-read, grammatically correct, well-composed, and formated.

Please limit your resume to a maximum of two pages.

The FSU Career Center is available for anyone to have their resume and/or statement of purpose reviewed: https://career.fsu.edu/students/undergraduate-students/resumes-and-cover-letters

You can also utilize the resume writing tips provided by the FSU Career Center: https://career.fsu.edu/sites/g/files/upcbnu746/files/Resume%20Writing.pdf

Letters of Recommendation:

We do not accept letters sent directly from applicants. The online application will prompt you to submit an email address for your references in the “Recommendations” section.

A minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation are required. Minimally need to submit at least 1 academic reference if graduated in the last three (3) years. If you graduated more than three (3) years ago, you may substitute professional references in place of academic references.

Academic letters should come from instructors who can speak to your performance as a student and your ability to complete graduate-level coursework.

Professional letters should come from supervisors who can speak on your work performance and who can discuss your abilities, competencies, and personal character while recommending you for admission.

  1. It is always a good idea to have the person writing your letter describe how they know you.
  2. Do not have a relative, friend or personal therapist write a letter for you.

The references will become part of your admissions file. They will be used only for admissions consideration and will not be disclosed to any unauthorized individual without your consent.

Transcripts:

Please upload your unofficial transcripts to your application.

We do NOT need official transcripts to make an admission decision. You only need to send your official transcripts IF you were to be admitted AND choose to attend.

Official Transcripts should be mailed directly (or sent electronically via your school) to FSU Admissions at:

Florida State University

Office of Graduate Admissions

314 Westcott Bldg.

Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

USA

OR

Send electronic version to: graduateadmissions@fsu.edu

Please do not send official transcripts to any address other than what’s stated directly above. Transcripts sent to another email or mailing address will not be accepted and must be re-ordered by the applicant.

Transcripts are only considered official if they are received directly by Florida State by the sending university and/or college.

GRE Requirements

The GRE is waived for the MPH program until the end of 2026.

This will automatically be waived on your application online.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. The following are the minimum scores required for admission to the University:

  • TOEFL (IBTOEFL): 80
  • Paper based TOEFL (TOEFL): 550
  • International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS): 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): 55
  • Michigan Language Assessment (MLA): 55
  • Duolingo: 120
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced Level or C2 Proficiency: 180
  • FSU CIES: Successful completion of Level 8

The English Language Proficiency requirement can be waived, at the University-level, for applicants who have earned a minimum of a BA or higher in the US or in an English-Speaking Country. 

Please find the countries and territories exempt from the ELP Requirement: Exempt Countries

What if I don’t have the required English Proficiency Score?

That is ok! You should apply anyway and we can work with you and your application.

Conditional Admission

Apply even if you do not have the required score. We can offer you Conditional Admission!

If you are granted Conditional Admission, you will:

  • Study at the Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) for two 7-week sessions (1 semester) and cover the costs of attendance.
  • Maintain at least a “B” average in each class while enrolled in the Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES).
  • After the semester at CIES, you are required to re-take the TOEFL, or another English Proficiency Entrance Test and receive minimum requirements. However, if you complete the top level (Level 8) at CIES in all of your classes, you do not have to take the TOEFL or IELTS. Completion of Level 8 at CIES meets the English requirement for FSU and our program.
  • Receive a recommendation from the Director of CIES, Dr. Patrick Kennell.

For more information about the Center for Intensive English Studies, please visit their website at cies.fsu.edu, or talk with a CIES staff member at cies@fsu.edu or 1.850.644-4794. 

If you are looking to be conditionally admitted without test scores, please email the Academic Program Specialist.

FAQ’s:

Can you review my application documents prior to applying?

Students must submit the application, application fee, and any required departmental materials for application materials to be reviewed.

Can the application fee be waived?

Unfortunately, the Office of Admissions is unable to waive the application fee payment for graduate applicants. 

In order to complete your application for review, you must submit the application fee payment by logging in to your Application Status Check, along with any other documents required by the department.