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One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

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Program and Degree Information

Geology

Oceanography

Meteorology

 

 

 

Aquatic Environmental Science:
Master's & Professional Master's

 

Affiliated Degrees

Ph.D. / MSBiogeochemistry
Ph.D.Geophysical Fluid Dynamics


Graduating Master’s and Ph.D. Students

If you are planning on graduating, please be sure to review the information on this page.


Advising

Mr. Tim McGann (tmcgann@fsu.edu) is the primary contact for students interested in the Meteorology graduate degrees.

Ms. Michaela Lupiani (mlupiani@fsu.edu) is the primary contact for students interested in the Oceanography  and Geology graduate degrees.

Admission Criteria

Admission criteria for the graduate programs in each area are summarized below.

Meteorology:

  • 3.0 or better upper division GPA, and
  • 50th percentile for verbal part of GRE (currently 150 or above), and
  • 70th percentile for quantitative part of GRE (currently 155 or above)

Geology:

  • 3.0 or better upper division GPA, and
  • 50th percentile for verbal part of GRE (currently 150 or above), and
  • 70th percentile for quantitative part of GRE (currently 155 or above)

Oceanography:

  • 3.0 or better upper division GPA, and
  • No minimum GRE requirement. However, the average GRE scores (verbal and quantitative) of recently admitted students are above the 60th percentile.

 

Graduate Advisory Committee Information

 

MS Supervisory Committee

A master's degree supervisory committee must be designated for all thesis students and may be designated for non-thesis students at the option of the department. The supervisory committee consists of at least three members: the major professor and one or two additional members from the major department. Additional members may be appointed if deemed desirable. All members of the committee must hold at least Graduate Faculty status. The department or college must enter the composition of the supervisory committee into the online Graduate Student Tracking system in a timely manner, but no later than the second week of classes in the semester that the student intends to graduate. Only members of the supervisory committee may vote and sign the Manuscript Signature Form indicating approval of the thesis.

Ph.D. Supervisory Committee

Upon the request of the major professor, the department chair will appoint a supervisory committee which will be in charge of the work of the student until the completion of all requirements for the degree. The supervisory committee will consist of a minimum of four members of the faculty who have Graduate Faculty status, one of whom is the university representative of the faculty. Programs may establish a more stringent policy on supervisory committee membership but such policies may not conflict with the University policy. For example, a program may choose to stipulate that more than the minimum number of committee members hold Graduate Faculty status in the program, or must be members of the tenure-track faculty. If deemed desirable and not established by policy, it may also be appropriate to include additional members to provide necessary expertise. All additional members of the committee must hold Graduate Faculty status or (in the case of non-tenure track faculty) co-doctoral or co-master's status. Under special circumstances persons external tot he University may be appointed as Courtesy Faculty with co-doctoral or co-master's status and serve on a student's supervisory committee. The department or college must enter the composition of the supervisory committee into the online Graduate Student Tracking system in a timely manner, but no later than the second week of classes in the semester that the student intends to graduate. Each year the supervisory committee, the major professor, or the student's advisor prior to selection of a major professor will assess the progress of the student in writing and will make available copies of the annual review to the student, the departmental chair, and the academic dean.  The Dean of the Graduate School, the academic dean, and the chair of the major department may attend committee meetings as nonvoting members. Notification of the supervisory committee membership will be reported to the Dean of the Graduate School in a timely manner after its formation. Only members of the supervisory committee may vote and sign the dissertation.

For more information, visit http://registrar.fsu.edu/bulletin/grad/info/grad_degree.htm 

 

Graduate Application Info

How to Apply

The application process at FSU is completely online. See the checklist below for required application materials and a link to the online application.

The department admits new students year round, though most of the faculty tend to admit students in spring to begin the following fall.

Department application deadlines for Meteorology are:

  • For Fall admission - January 15th
  • For Spring admission - September 15th
  • For Summer admission - February 15th

Department application deadlines for Oceanography are:

  • For Fall admission - January 15th
  • For Spring admission - September 15th

 

University deadlines may differ. Please refer to the FSU Graduate Admissions office for university deadlines. You are advised to submit your application and supporting materials at least three months in advance of the semester you wish to enter. You may apply later than these department guidelines, but there are less likely to be openings available.

For further information about the university admissions process, visit the FSU Office of Admissions. For general information on funding opportunities, news, and events, degree programs, fee waivers, as well as University contact information, visit the Graduate School website. If you have questions about the Oceanography or Aquatic Environmental Science programs, contact the Academic Coordinator.

If you’re interested in specific courses, use the Course Lookup Form to search the Catalog of future, current, and past courses.

Masters & Ph.D. Oceanography Graduate Program General Guidelines

Use the following checklist to ensure you have correctly completed the application process:View/Print an Adobe version of this checklist

 



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US or International On-Line Application
(opens in a separate window)
  • Read the instructions for this form carefully
  • Fill out the form completely
  • The online application system will as you for information that his needed both by our department and by the university, including your Statement of Interest
_____Statement of Interest
  • State your reasons for choosing our department/area and your academic goals
  • You may wish to include information about your academic background and experience
  • This is part of the online application
_____$30 Application Fee
  • A check or money order should be made payable to The Florida State University
  • This fee is not optional
  • The Office of Graduate Admissions will not process your application without it
  • The Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science department has no mechanism by which we can request a waiver or pay the fee for you
_____Official Test Results
  • As soon as possible, request that your GRE (and TOEFL if international) scores be sent to the university
  • FSU's code is 5219
  • The Oceanography area's code is 0508
  • The Geology area's code is 0504
  • The Meteorology area's code is 0507
  • International applicants must send TOEFL scores
  • These two requirements cannot be waived, postponed, or dismissed
  • The Office of Admissions will not process your application without them

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Two Official Transcripts
  • These documents are requried from every university, college or school you have attended
  • The Office of Graduate Admissions will not accept copies


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Three Letters of Recommendation
  • There is no specific form for these letters
  • University letterhead is acceptable
  • They may be mailed through the FSU application system or may be mailed directly to the EOAS Department/Oceanography area

 

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It is in your best interest to complete your application as early in the admission season as possible.
Incomplete folders are not considered.

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In addition, after reviewing the list of faculty inlcuded in our departmental brochure, you may directly contact the faculty member(s) whose research interests most closely parallel your own. The department does not admit students without a faculty sponsor.

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