Graduate (MA/PhD) Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to be a Philosophy major to apply to one of your graduate programs?
    • No, but you do need a background in Philosophy (or the equivalent of a minor in Philosophy, i.e., at least 12 credit hours)
  • What is the application deadline?
    • If you wish to be considered for a university fellowship, you should apply by January 10th. Otherwise, the application deadline for admission, and consideration for a teaching assistantship, is March 31st (although the earlier you apply, the better your chances of being offered a teaching assistantship). For Spring admission, the application deadline is October 19th.
  • What is the difference between a university fellowship and a teaching assistantship?
    • A university fellowship is a special financial award given to applicants who meet specific criteria. They are competitive, with only a few being offered each year across all disciplines within the university. For a complete list of university fellowships and their requirements, please consult the FSU graduate school fellowships and grants page.
    • A teaching assistantship is a funding award that includes a stipend, a tuition waiver, and health insurance, and requires that the student work as a teaching assistant. Students admitted to the program will typically be offered a teaching assistantship.
  • What is the minimum GRE score required for admission?
    • Neither the department nor the university has a minimum score requirement, but a competitive applicant to the PhD program will usually have scores at or above the 90th percentile (162) on the verbal section and the 65th percentile (156) on the quantitative. However, the department evaluates applicants using several additional criteria that may outweigh lower GRE scores.
  • What is FSU's Institution Code?
    • Florida State University's institution code is 5219.
  • What is the minimum GPA required for admission?
    • The university requires a minimum GPA of 3.0. Successful applicants will typically have a very strong background in Philosophy, with a GPA of 3.8 or higher.
  • What supporting documents should I submit with my application?
    • We ask that you submit three letters of recommendation, a resume/curriculum vitae, a statement of purpose, copies of your test scores and transcripts, and a writing sample that does not exceed 20 double-spaced, typed pages.¬†¬†Applicants must submit official test scores and transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

  • I want to send my letters of recommendation by mail. May I send them all at once in one large envelope, or should I instruct each recommender to mail each of them separately?
    • You may send them in one large envelope as long as you have each of your letter-writers seal the envelopes and sign across the seal before you collect the letters. Otherwise, the recommenders should mail their letters separately.
  • May I submit more than three letters of recommendation?
    • We ask that you do not submit more than three. You can help us keep the application process fair and efficient by submitting the requested number of letters.
  • May I submit more than one writing sample?
    • We ask that you submit only one writing sample for the same reason we ask you to submit only three letters of recommendation: it helps preserve the fairness and efficiency of the application process.
  • May I submit other materials as part of my application?
    • Please submit only the materials requested, and only in the numbers requested. The Graduate Admissions Committee considers the materials requested to be those most relevant to making admissions decisions.
  • Do I still need to send an official copy of a transcript from an institution where I only took one course, if that course is reported on another transcript?
    • Yes. University Admissions will not consider your application to be complete until they receive official transcripts from all of your previous institutions.
  • Whom should I contact regarding information about the status of my application or the application process?
  • When I check my status online I get a message that my application is not complete, but I received an email from the Department of Philosophy that said my file was complete. Why am I receiving this message?
    • Sometimes your application is complete with the Department of Philosophy, but incomplete with University Admissions. This situation can occur because the Department of Philosophy considers your file complete once we have the information required to make an admissions decision. University Admissions, however, will consider your application incomplete until they have received and processed your application fee and official copies of your transcripts and GRE scores. We cannot officially admit you until your file is complete with University Admissions.
  • When should I expect to receive word that my application has been accepted or rejected?
    • The first to hear admissions decisions are usually the applicants nominated for university fellowships, and they are notified by mid-to late January for admission in the following Fall semester. Almost all Fall admission decisions are made by April 15th (see APA Statements on the Profession: Graduate Student Aid Offers). Decisions for Spring admissions vary but are usually made by December 1st.

 

If you do not find your question or concern answered here, please contact Dr. Randolph Clarke, Director of Graduate Studies, by e-mail at rkclarke@fsu.edu.

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