How to Apply

Note: This information is provided as a convenience only. Verify all current admissions standards, policies, and deadlines via the official Admissions website:

1. Check University Admissions Requirements

2. Apply online before Application Deadline (December 1st) 

3. Attach Supplemental Documents in online application

1. Florida State University Admissions Requirements

In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, an applicant must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
  • A graduate degree with at least a 3.5 GPA – Applicants for the doctoral programs must have an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA).
  • GRE test scores – Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report.

Target Scores:
Verbal – 149
Quantitative – 147
Analytical Writing – 3.5

FSU Institution Code:  5219

*Applicants for the EDA Modified program do not need to submit GRE scores

  • Language proficiency test scores  International applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not studied in an English-speaking country for at least an academic year, must submit language proficiency test scores.

Target Scores:
TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
IELTS – 6.5
MELAB – 77

  • Transcripts  Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions. Transfer credit posted on the records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the original institutions. Official transcripts for these credits must also be submitted. Transcripts are considered official when they bear an official seal and signature and are sent from the issuing college or university directly to Florida State. FSU transcripts or official transcripts already on file will be obtained by the Office of Admissions. Original documents or signed, officially certified photocopies of original documents may be submitted by the student only when institutions outside the United States will not send academic records to other institutions. The verifying signature should be that of an officer of the institution attended. All academic records that are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Certified documents should be true copies that are signed and dated by an educational official familiar with academic records. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted.The address for submitting transcripts is:

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

2. Submit Online Application 

Apply online at the Florida State University Admissions Application Portal

Our program degree can be found under the department “Higher Education.”

*Message from College of Education: 
Many of our communications, including your admissions decision, are sent electronically. You can check the status of your University application online at the FSU Admissions Online Status Check Portal. The Online Status Check reflects personal information, application information, admission decision, health compliance, financial aid and receipt of official transcripts. Contact the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies to check the status of your program application.

For this program, supporting documents must be uploaded to the Admissions Application Portal:

3. Supporting Documents (attached to online application)

Upload supporting documents to the University online application portal.

  • Statement of purpose (1 required) - Statement should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications, and long-term career goals.

  • Letters of recommendation (3 required) - Letters should be written by persons who are in a position to comment on the likelihood of your success within the department, specifically faculty members or supervisors. At least one letter must be from a faculty member. We do not accept letters from co-workers or friends.

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (1 required) 

  • Unofficial Transcripts - Include transcripts from all colleges attended. Uploading a copy will expedite the review process, though you must still send official copies to the Office of Admissions.

Please note: the program codes you will select in the application for this program are as follows:




Other Admission Notes


Students will be admitted conditionally into the Higher Education program pending a secured graduate assistantship or full-time position by April 15 in the spring semester prior to enrollment. April 15 is the deadline for graduate admissions outlined by the Council of Graduate Schools. Full admission will be granted once the GA/full-time position requirement is met. 

Transfer Requirements

Any students currently enrolled in a graduate program at FSU who desires to transfer into another program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, including the Higher Education program, must be cleared by the ELPS department prior to admission.

Review the official Florida State University website for more information:

College of Education