Prospective Graduate FAQs

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What is the application deadline?

Applications submitted by December 15th are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after this deadline but before the closing date of February 1st will be reviewed based upon availability of space.

Which applications am I required to submit?

One application form must be completed, which is a two step process. Step one: complete the FSU on-line application. Step two: send official transcript, official GRE scores, and official IB-TOEFL scores to:

Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
P. O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Will you pre-review my application?

No, the entire application must be completed with all official documents before a review is made.

When are the visitation weekends?

Visitation weekends will be February 13-15, 2020 and March 12-14, 2020.

What is FSU code in the ETS system for sending TOEFL scores?

The ETS code for our university is 5219.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is a $30.00 application fee.

Should I send a packet of all my application materials to the Chemistry department?

No. All applications must be submitted electronically via the FSU on-line application. Packets received by the department will slow down the processing of your application.

Is there a minimum speaking component of my IB-TOEFL?

Yes, a minimum score of 21 is required on the speaking part of iB-TOEFL.

Can I be admitted without Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores?

We can make a decision on your application with self-reported scores, but we must have official scores to formally admit you into the program.

Can I be admitted without official transcripts?

We can make a decision on your application using unofficial transcripts, but we must have all official post-secondary education transcripts to formally admit you into the program.

Where do I send my transcripts?

Official transcripts for all post-secondary education must be sent to:

Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
P. O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Are letters of recommendation required?

Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your ability to conduct research and/or be successful in a graduate program are required. One letter should come from your research supervisor if you have conducted research.

Is a personal statement required?

A 1-3 page personal statement expressing your reason for pursuing advanced studies in chemistry is required. You may also want to add information about how you learned of our program, or if there are specific special programs or training grants involving chemistry faculty that attracted you.

Do you accept MS-track students?

Yes, under certain circumstances, students can be admitted into the MS-track.

What are the curriculum requirements for Ph.D.?

The graduate curriculum can be found here.

My question is not listed. How do I contact the Graduate Program Office?

Questions regarding the Graduate programs offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry should be directed to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Student Affairs Office. You may send an email to Input the main text content for your module here.

Questions regarding fee payment, whether or not official transcripts and test scores have been received and residency classification should be directed to The FSU Office of Admissions. You may send an email to or telephone 850.644.3420. The fax number for Admissions is 850.644.0197.

How do I send my Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores?

Official scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be sent by Educational Testing Services to Florida State University, Code 5219.