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School of Graduate Studies and Research

Graduate Student Admissions
Fellowships, Assistantantships and Grants
Graduate Feeder Scholars Program
The National Name Exchange
School of Allied Health Sciences Graduate Programs
School of Architecture Graduate Programs
College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Programs
School of Business and Industry
Graduate Programs
College of Education
Graduate Programs
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Graduate Programs

College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture
Graduate Programs
College of Law
Graduate Program
Environmental Sciences Institute
Graduate Programs
School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Graduate Programs
School of Nursing
Graduate Programs
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Graduate Programs
Institute of Public Health Graduate Programs
Graduate Admissions
Grading Policy
Grade Forgiveness Policy For Graduate Students
Financial AssistanceEligibility Requirements
University-based Funding & Funding from an External Source

Awards from Multiple External Sources

Federal Loans and Funding from External Sources

University-based Funding and Federal Loans

Fellowship/Grant Application Submission

The School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR) is one of the twelve major academic units of the University. The school has the principal responsibility of working in collaboration with the various schools, colleges and institutes to maintain, develop, coordinate, and monitor the policies and procedures that govern all graduate programs.

The Division of Graduate Studies was established in 1957 and was elevated to the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Continuing Education in 1987.  Currently known as the School of Graduate Studies and Research, high priority is given to the development of sponsored research and the research interests of individual faculty members. Service provided to aid the development of research and other grant proposals includes technical assistance, dissemination of requests for proposals, and editorial consultation. In certain instances, grant proposals are developed and written by the School. Contact is maintained with private corporations and foundations, as well as local, state, and national governmental agencies in pursuit of support for its research programs.

Graduate study is available in nine schools and colleges and two institutes. Collectively, these entities offer 12 Doctoral degrees and 39 master’s degree programs.

Graduate Student Admissions
The Graduate Student Admissions Office is located in the School of Graduate Studies.  The admissions process is a coordinated effort between the School of Graduate Studies and the academic colleges, schools and institutes.  The office provides an environment that is conducive to effectively aiding students in the submission of their admission information and assisting them in their transition to graduate school.

Fellowships, Assistantantships and Grants
The School of Graduate Studies manages allocations for several sources of funding. Financial assistance available to support graduate students through the School of Graduate Studies includes the University Thesis and Dissertation Incentive Awards, University Assistantships, University Fellowships and Scholarships, University Assistantship Tuition Waivers and the University Matriculation Waivers. SGSR has also received and administered over $3,443,874 in Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) for graduate fellowships and approximately $1,069,500 in funds from NASA for doctoral fellowships.    The Delores Auzenne Fellowship, which is a State of Florida funded Scholarship, is also awarded through the SGSR.

The School of Graduate Studies manages the Graduate Feeder Scholars Program (GFSP).  The GFSP is an official partnership agreement arranged by FAMU with more than 40 participating universities located throughout the United States.

The GFSP affords FAMU students the opportunity to receive advanced study in graduate programs. The feeder arrangement was conceptualized and created in response to the national need to increase the number of African Americans participating in advanced graduate education.  FAMU is the lead university in this consortium and acts as the hub with a committed role of providing a pool of qualified African American students motivated to pursue the Master’s or Doctoral degrees in areas not offered at FAMU.  Traditionally, FAMU students interested in the Feeder Program are required to have a 3.0 GPA and at least 30 semester hours.  Since Spring 2004, in addition to the basic requirements, all applicants to the Feeder Programs must also attend a series of graduate school preparation and academic enrichment seminars and workshops before becoming a Feeder Scholar.  

The National Name Exchange
In 2004, The School of Graduate Studies led the effort for FAMU to become a member of the National Name Exchange.  The Exchange is a consortium of prestigious universities and colleges that collaborate to identify and recruit qualified minority candidates for graduate study, improve student access to information on graduate education, and increase the number of minority students accepted into graduate school. Capped at 30 universities, membership includes such institutions as Harvard, Duke, Rutgers, University of Washington, University of California at San Diego and Berkeley, Ohio State, Princeton and Cornell. FAMU is the 29th member of the Exchange and ranks in the top five for adding students to the Exchange Registry.

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MPT)
Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA)
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
Master of Science in Architectural Studies (M.S.)
Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Master of Applied Social Science (MASS)

  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Criminal Justice
Master of Science in Biology (M.S.)    
Master of Science in Chemistry (M.S.)
Master of Science in Computer Software Engineering (M.S.)

  • Real-Time Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Software Development
Master of Science in Physics (M.S.)
Master of Science in Psychology (M.S., Ed.S.)

  • School
  • Community
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (Ph.D.)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Education in Adult Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Education in Business Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Education in Counselor Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Education in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)
Master of Education in Elementary Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Education in Physical Education (M.Ed.)
  • Sport & Leisure Management
Master of Education in Technology Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Education in Secondary Education (M.Ed.)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science
Master of Science in Adult Education (M.S.)
Master of Science in Business Education (M.S.)
Master of Science in Counselor Education (M.S.)
Master of Science in Educational Leadership (M.S.)
Master of Science in Elementary Education (M.S.)
Master of Science in Physical Education (M.S.)

  • Sports & Leisure Management
Master of Science in Technology Education (M.S.)
Master of Science in Secondary Education (M.S.)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Ph.D.)
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.)
Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.)
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.)
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (M.S.)

  • Engineering Management
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.)
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (Ph.D.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering (Ph.D.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences (M.S.)

  • Agribusiness
  • Entomology
  • Plant Science
  • Animal Science
  • Food Science
  • Engineering Technology
  • International Programs
Doctor of Philosophy in Entomology (Ph.D.) In cooperation with the University of Florida

  • Biological Control
  • Aquatic Entomology
Juris Doctorate
Master of Science in Environmental Sciences (M.S.)

  • Environmental Restoration and Waste/Management
  • Radiation Protection
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Marine & Estuarine Environments
  • Environmental Policy & Management
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Sciences (Ph.D.)

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biomolecular Science
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology
Master of Science in Journalism (M.S.)
Professional Development Track and Academic Service Track

  • Copy Editing
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Newspaper Journalism
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.)

  • Adult/Gerontological Nursing
Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (M.S.)

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Pharmaceutics
Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ph.D.)

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Pharmaceutics
Master of Public Health (MPH)

  • Bio Statistics
  • Environmental Occupational Health
  • Health Education
  • Health Management
  • Epidemiology
Doctor of Philosophy (DrPh)

  • Health Education
  • Epidemiology   
Graduate Admissions
Eligibility Requirements

Admission to graduate study is granted to qualified applicants who are seeking degrees and to qualified post-baccalaureate students who may wish to upgrade specialty certifications or enhance their knowledge. The decision on whether credits earned by post-baccalaureate students can be applied toward a graduate degree at a later date is determined exclusively by the academic unit offering the degree sought. The unit’s decision is not subject to appeal.
Admission to graduate study at Florida A&M University is in conformity with the uniform requirements that the Florida Board of Education has established for the entire State University System.  Minimum requirements for admission to graduate study are:
I.    Submission of GRE Score,
II.   A combined score of 1,000 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination, or a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) cumulative grade point average (GPA) covering the last
      ninety (90) quarter hours (or 60 semester hours) of undergraduate preparation, or
III.  Possession of a graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Business Administration program are required to make an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

No more than 10 percent of the graduate students admitted for an academic year may be admitted as exceptions to the criteria above.  These requirements also apply to all foreign students.  Timely applications are important. Students are urged to apply in the fall of their senior year. This time-line allows the evaluation and award process to begin by January of each academic year. Additional evaluation and award processes are conducted in March and May annually. However, late applications diminish opportunities for admission and financial awards.

Admission Application Fees
The Admission Application fee of $20 must accompany the Non-FAMU Graduate application.  The check or international money order must be made payable to Florida A&M University.  The applicant should indicate his/her name, social security number and address on personal checks andinternational money orders.

Non-FAMU Graduate Admission
Non-FAMU applicants must complete the Graduate Admissions Application and forward it to the School of Graduate Studies, 400 Tucker Hall, Tallahassee, FL 32307. An official copy of the undergraduate transcript and Graduate Record Examination scores must be submitted to be considered for admission.

FAMU Graduate Admission
Admission procedures for FAMU graduates and former students follow the same procedures. FAMU graduates or any student who was officially admitted and attended FAMU for at least one term must complete the Re-Admission Application. The following is also required:
1.     The student must complete the graduate re-admission application and mail to the School of Graduate Studies and Research, 400 Tucker Hall, Tallahassee, FL 32307.
2.     The transcript will be retrieved from the University’s files for FAMU students. The applicant will not have to request a transcript.
3.     If the applicant previously attended FAMU but graduated from another institution, the applicant  will be required to request that an official transcript be forwarded to the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
4.     FAMU graduates and former students are not required to pay the $20 application fee.
Formerly Admitted Graduate Students
Any student who was admitted to a program, attended the University for at least one semester, and has not enrolled for two consecutive terms will need to complete the Re-admission Application. Follow the admissions procedures for the FAMU Graduate Admissions.

International Students
FAMU encourages international students with superior scholastic records, adequate English proficiency, and an earned bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university to apply for admission to a designated program in the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Such students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above at the undergraduate level or the equivalent, as determined by the Admissions Office. Other admission requirements are listed in the descriptions of each of the degree programs offered by the University.

Although international students must show sufficient financial resources to complete a program prior to admission, financial assistance may be given to students who are invited to enroll on the basis of academic performance, promise, leadership qualities, and special talents. This is based upon the recommendation of the graduate admissions committee of the school or area offering the degree and the approval of the dean of graduate studies.

Transfer Students
Students transferring from another institution must be in good academic standing at the previous institution and eligible to return.

Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Students
A person who holds a bona fide baccalaureate degree but who is not officially admitted to or approved for graduate study may be permitted to take a limited number of graduate courses for teacher certification, re-certification, or other special interests or needs. Successful completion of such post-baccalaureate coursework shall have no affirmative bearing on the student’s admissibility to graduate study, and may, or may not, at the discretion of the appropriate officials of the University, be used for graduate degree credit when/if such student subsequently gains admission to graduate study.

Admission of Special Students
A person who does not have the required 3.00 GPA or GRE scores for unqualified admission to graduate study may be admitted to graduate degree study, pending achievement of a satisfactory GRE score within one semester of admission date. Such special students shall be limited to 12 semester hours of coursework until they are fully admitted without qualification. Course credits exceeding the 12-hour limit by the student in the “special” admission category will not be accepted for degree credit. Special students are not eligible for financial assistance.

Transfer of Credit
At the discretion of the appropriate academic unit, a maximum of six (6) semester hours of graduate coursework may be accepted by the University at the master’s level. The maximum permissible transfer credits at the Ph.D. level is twelve (12) semester hours. In both of the above instances, credit transfers must be from bona fide, properly accredited colleges and universities.

Time Limitation for Completion of Degrees
A maximum of five (5) years and seven (7) years is permitted for the completion of master’s and Ph.D. degrees, respectively. Students exceeding these time limits from first matriculation to graduation may be required to initiate new courses of study.

Grading Policyfor Graduate Degree Students
1.    Minimum grade requirements for all graduate programs and degrees
a.    A cumulative GPA of 3.00 must be maintained regardless of course/credit hour load.
b.    Only a grade of “B” or higher is acceptable for required courses. A required course must be repeated if a grade lower than a “B” is received. For all other courses the grade of “C” or better is
c.    A grade of “U” in any phase of the thesis/research/dissertation process shall require the student to be placed on probation for one semester. A second “U” grade in the thesis/research/dissertation
       process may warrant termination of the student’s degree-seeking status.
d.    The student’s chief advisor is responsible for informing the student of grade requirements and the need to adhere to the grading standards.
2.    Appeals of grade assignments
a.    All appeals regarding grade assignments must be made on an individual basis.
b.    Each appeal must have formal, documented approval of the graduate faculty of the college, school, or institute in which the student is studying.
c.    All appeals must be made to the Graduate Council within one month after the grade variance from established policy has occurred.
d.    A two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the entire voting membership of the Graduate Council shall be required to make a grade exception.
e.    Grade appeals may be made by a student’s chief advisor or any voting member of the Graduate Council from the student’s school or college.
f.     No graduate student, regardless of degree sought or time in study, shall be permitted to appeal directly or in person to the Graduate Council regarding his or her grade(s).
g.    Grade appeals may be made orally, but they must be accompanied by a written statement which outlines the appeal facts and justifications and produced in sufficient quantity for the entire
       Graduate Council membership.
3.    More restrictive grading policies by individual schools or colleges or programs
a.    More restrictive grading policies by individual schools, colleges, institutes or programs must have prior approval of the Graduate Council before their establishment.
b.    A two-thirds (2/3) vote by the voting membership of the Graduate Council is required for the approval of more restrictive grading policies.
4.    Grades and Financial Aid
a.    Each graduate student who receives any form of financial aid must earn the grades and maintain the GPA stipulated above while carrying a full load of credit hours.
b.    It is the responsibility of each respective school or college, via its graduate officer or student advisor, to monitor each graduate student’s credit hour load, grades, grade point average (GPA), and
       overall progress toward the degree. This officer/advisor must report promptly to the graduate dean all actions, or recommended actions, for any student who violates or is in default of the above
       policies and standards.
c.    A full credit load consists of a minimum of nine (9) hours in the fall and spring Semesters and six (6) hours in the summer term.
d.    Any graduate student who fails to maintain the minimum credit hour load, grades, and grade point average (GPA) required must be immediately removed from financial assistance with prompt
       documentary notice to the graduate dean.
Grade Forgiveness Policy For Graduate Students
A graduate student enrolled at Florida A & M University who receives a C, D, or F grade, which fails to meet the requirements of a specific graduate program, may petition the program dean or graduate director to retake the course.  The course must be taken at Florida A & M University (FAMU), unless the course is offered at Florida State University (FSU) under the FAMU/FSU cooperative program and the course must carry the same course number and description.  Only the higher grade shall be used in computing the overall grade point average (GPA), but both grades will remain on the transcript.  If both grades are the same, only the second will be counted in the GPA.  A graduate student may repeat no more than two courses in any graduate program at Florida A & M University and may repeat each course only once.  A grade forgiveness form must be submitted by the student to the Registrar’s Office after the course is retaken and prior to graduation.

Graduate Student Grievance Procedure
It is the goal of the School of Graduate Studies and Research to provide students with an expeditious, fair, equitable, and consistent procedure for resolving their academic grievances.  This policy includes procedures and rules to guide the student through the process.  The intent is to resolve issues informally before filing a complaint or seeking redress beyond the unit in which the alleged offense occurred.
  • The student shall submit his/her grievance in writing within 30 days or 10 days into the next semester by using a form provided by the graduate coordinator or academic dean of the college.  This form should be stamped to indicate the date and time the grievance was initiated.
  • The grievance process can start/stop at any level.  However, the graduate coordinator should act as the facilitator.
  • If the professor and graduate coordinator cannot find a satisfactory solution, the matter will be forwarded to the graduate committee/graduate faculty within the college.
  • The graduate committee/graduate faculty will forward a report indicating their decision to the dean of the college.
  • If the dean is not able to resolve the matter, the issue is forwarded to the graduate council committee on graduate student grievance.
  • The graduate council committee should submit a report to the dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
  • The dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research will review all the documents provided on the issue and make a decision.
  • The dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research will refer the matter to the provost if a satisfactory solution is not reached.
  • The provost shall make the final decision.
  • A written recommendation is required at each step.
  • The student, professor, the graduate coordinator, the dean of the college and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research should be provided copies of the written recommendation at each step.
Time Frame:
It is imperative that graduate student academic grievances be handled in an expeditious manner from the date of initialization.   

Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available to support graduate students through the various colleges, schools and institutes, and the Office of the Graduate Dean. The categories of financial aid include:
Matriculation fee waivers
Out-of-state fee waivers
Thesis/dissertation incentive awards
Although the assistance provided via the Graduate Dean’s office is not based upon need, applicants must establish their eligibility to receive aid through their academic advisors, the respective college and school deans, and/or institute directors. Only fully-admitted, full-time graduate students shall be eligible to receive financial assistance from university funding sources. Most graduate students should be prepared to pay some of their graduate study costs utilizing their own funds.
Eligibility Requirements
Financial assistance is reserved for fully-admitted, full-time, degree-seeking graduate students who are in good academic standing. Full-time graduate students must enroll for at least nine (9) graduate hours each semester, except in the summer semester when a full load is six (6) semester hours.

Undergraduate courses will not be included for determining a student’s full-time status. The student’s cumulative graduate GPA must never fall below 3.0, and there can be no grade below “B” in required courses. In addition, the student must be making satisfactory progress toward the degree by successfully completing at least nine credit hours each semester. Fellowship recipients may also receive matriculation fee waivers and those from outside Florida may receive an out-of-state assistantship waiver, if funds are available.

University-based Funding & Funding from an External Source

Funds at the University are insufficient to provide fellowships to all worthy students. Therefore, we strongly encourage students to apply for outside funds. If, while receiving University-based funding, a student receives funds from an outside source (i.e., a National Science Foundation, Pfizer, Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need or Javitz Fellowships), the student will be required to accept that award, which will run concurrently with the University-based award. The total amount of funds that a student can be awarded will be based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) calculations. The University based award may be reduced if the total funding from all sources exceeds the gross financial need as determined by FAFSA.

For example, a student may find, after filling out the FAFSA form, that his/her gross financial need is $22, 500. Student A has received a fellowship from the GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program) totaling $16,600. Student A also has been awarded a University-based fellowship totaling $9,000. This would equal a total of $25,600 and would exceed the student’s financial need of $22,500 by $3,100. If the student accepts the GAANN award, it would be necessary to reduce the $9,000 University-based fellowship to $5,900 so that the total of the GAANN and University fellowship will not exceed the $22,500 FAFSA calculation.

Awards from Multiple External Sources
A student who has taken the initiative to apply for funding from various external sources may have her/his efforts rewarded by receiving awards from two or more of those sources.

In most cases, individual funding institutions have very specific guidelines that restrict a recipient from concurrently holding another award, fellowship or assistantship. However, in rare cases, no restrictions or limitations are imposed. If a student has been awarded funding from two or more sources, and neither source has restrictions about holding co-existing awards, then the student is allowed by the University to receive all awards.

To ensure that the financial needs of other students are met, the University deems a student ineligible for receipt of University-based funds if the total amount of the awards received from the multiple outside sources exceeds her/his gross financial need as determined by FAFSA calculations. The amount of federal loans a student is eligible for is also affected by the total amount of outside funding the student receives. The amount of federal loans is also affected if the agency or institution granting the funds is federally affiliated.

Federal Loans and Funding from External Sources
Graduate students may borrow money from the federal government to help pay for their educational expenses. However, the federal government has imposed restrictions on the amount of loans that a graduate student may apply for annually. There are also certain criteria which must be met in order for a graduate student to receive federal loans.

Furthermore, the government uses a formula to determine eligibility for a loan. The information a student must place on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid, attainable at the Financial Aid office or at www.fafsa.ed.gov) is applied in the formula to determine need and the amount the government will lend. All of this information is available in the Student Guide to University Financial Aid, which can be retrieved from the Financial Aid Office, the Department of Education or at www.ed.gov/prog_info/SFA/StudentGuide.

If a student is receiving funding from an outside source(s) (i.e. National Science Foundation, Pfizer, or Javitz), and wishes to apply for a federal loan, s/he must fill out a FAFSA form. The amount of loan the student is eligible for will be determined by the award amount and various other factors, such as marital status and number of dependents.

University-based Funding and Federal Loans
Again, graduate students may borrow money from the federal government to help pay for their educational expenses, with the understanding that such funding has restrictions.

A student receiving University funding may also be eligible for federal loans. The amount of the loan is determined by need, based on the formula used on the FAFSA form. For example, if the FAFSA calculations show that Student B has a gross financial need of $20,000, and the University is giving the student $9,000 in funding, then the student should be eligible for $11,000 in loans. For more information, the student should contact the Financial Aid Office, 101 Foote-Hilyer, (850) 599-3730

Fellowship/Grant Application Submission
Each graduate student receiving or seeking funding from the University is strongly encouraged to put forth at least one effort to obtain funding from an agency external to the University.  

Generally, applications to external foundations are due early in the fall semester for funding for the next academic year. Faculty and department heads are encouraged to provide graduate students assistance with producing outstanding and competitive fellowship and grant applications. Where possible, the School of Graduate Studies and Research will provide grant/fellowship writing workshops.