Applying to FSU Computer Science Department Graduate Programs: Instructions for US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Please see the Admissions page for deadlines and minimum admission requirements for different degree programs.

Application instructions:

1. Submit the Florida State University Online Application: with the required attachments (See 2-4 below).

2. Statement of Purpose – Must be uploaded in the Online Application.

3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae – Must be uploaded in the Online Application.

4. Three Letters of Recommendation – Within the Online Application, there is a section where applicants will input the names and contact information of those who will be writing the letters. Recommenders will receive e-mails asking them to upload their letters directly to the application.

5. Application Processing Fee of $30.00. You will receive an e-mail from the Office of Graduate Admissions requesting the fee within two business days after submitting your application.

6. Official Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores. Competitive scores vary from semester to semester based on what is in the review at that time. It is permissible to self-report test scores for the admissions review, but if you are recommended for admission please request ETS to send your official test scores to the university. Our institution code is 5219. The GRE requirement has been waived for Master’s applicants through the end of 2026. PhD applicants are still required to submit the GRE as part of their admissions packet. If an MS applicant already has a GRE score and would like to submit it, they will still be used as part of the admissions review. Preference will not be given to MS applicants who submit GRE scores. However, if an applicant is a borderline case, the scores can help give strength to the candidate’s profile.

7. One official copy of Transcripts of academic record. Official transcripts must be sent from every College or University that you have attended. If you happen to be a FSU undergraduate and all of your transcripts from the previous institution(s) are on file, then you will not need to request transcripts. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the University Admissions Office at the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Florida State University
314 Westcott Bldg.
Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410
USAPhone: (850) 644-3501
FSU Graduate Admissions e-mail:

All supporting documents MUST be submitted via the Online Application, with the exception of official transcripts (mailed to the Office of Admissions) and test scores (sent from ETS to the Office of Admissions). An application must be complete before it can be considered for admission which includes the receipt of all official supporting documentation. Unofficial transcripts and scores uploaded through the FSU application are not considered a suitable place holder.