Thank you for your interest in the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy. We look forward to working with you throughout the admission process. The Florida State University Graduate Online Application can be found at http://admissions.fsu.edu.
The newly implemented application process incorporates both the University’s and Askew School’s application materials. The first step in the online application process is to create an account. The information and forms listed are items that will be used in the online application process. 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.
Please contact the Ph.D. Director Ralph Brower at 850 644-7614 or via email if you should have questions or need assistance.
Ph.D. – Public Administration
- Letter of Recommendation Form, Three (3) Letters Required (at least two from professors if possible)
- Personal Statement Form; Two Page Maximum
- Writing Sample; Ph.D. Applicants Only (or you may submit separately via email or surface mail)
- Askew School Application for Financial Aid
- GRE Test Scores
- TOEFL Test Scores, International Applicants Only
Official copies of the GRE and TOEFL scores should be sent to the University Graduate Admissions Office. Please note that failure to submit all required documents will delay processing of your application.
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. Occasional deviations from these standards are allowed for applicants who possess exceptional qualities that are not reflected in these criteria.
Because admission is competitive, no particular GRE and/or GPA guarantees acceptance. The University requires that international students complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550. Professional experience is desirable, but not required, and academic attainment will receive primary emphasis. Letters of recommendation are required.
Transfer credits from other graduate programs will normally be accepted for purposes of posting on the student's FSU record. However, students must satisfy the University's residence requirement which is 24 semester hours of courses at Florida State University during one twelve month period. The residency must be served after having finished 30 semester hours of graduate work or being awarded the master's degree.
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