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For additional information on applying to each program see the link below:
Masters in GIS
Masters in Geography
PhD in Geography

Elements of a Complete Application

  1. A completed online University Application
  2. Official GRE general test scores: The GRE is waived for Spring 2022 & Fall 2022 per FSU. PhD in Geography must be requested upon meeting certain criteria.                                                                      
  3. Resume-Curriculum Vitae
  4. Writing Sample (Geography Masters and PhD Only)
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Transcripts
    • Unofficial Transcripts are required for your application to be reviewed. Please submit ALL unofficial transcripts from each College and/or University attended. Unofficial Transcripts must be translated to English for review. 
    • Official Transcripts are required for Admitted students and must be submitted prior to beginning classes. 
    • International Transcript Requirements
      • All transcripts/academic records that are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. 
      • To be considered “certified,” documents should be true copies that are signed and dated by an educational official familiar with academic records. Any translated record should be literal and not an interpretive translation. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted. 
      • If the transcript/academic record does not indicate the degree earned and date the degree was awarded, separate proof of degree is required. 
  7. Three letters of recommendation. (On the University application form, you will enter the names and email addresses of at least three people who have agreed to write a letter of recommendation for you.)
  8. English Language Proficiency:
    Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. Minimum scores required for admission and additional information can be found here.  Applications are unable to be reviewed and will be cancelled if the minimum requirements are not met.

    • Exemptions: This requirement can be waived for students who have completed a Bachelors or Master’s Degree from a U.S. Institution or other Institution where English is the required language of Instruction. Exempt students who receive a teaching assistantship will still be required to take the Speak Exam, unless the citizenship is to a Native English Speaking country. 
    • SPEAK EXAM: The Geography Department requires ALL International students receiving appointments as Teaching Assistants to pass the SPEAK Exam. The Speak Exam evaluates the English-speaking ability of non-native speakers of English and is administered free of charge (First time) at Florida State University. 


Admissions Deadlines: 

Masters in GIScience
Spring 2022: Admissions is now open. Deadline to apply is October 1st.  
Fall 2022: Admissions is now open. Deadline to apply is June 1st.

Masters & PhD in Geography
Spring 2022: Admissions is now open. Deadline to apply is October 1st.  
Fall 2022: Admissions is not open.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the deadline of April 1st. For priority or full consideration, submit your application by January 28th.

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