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About The Graduate School

Our Mission:

The mission of FSU Graduate Programs is to provide high quality post-baccalaureate degree and non-degree courses and programs through the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education.  FSU is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service and to preparing our graduates to lead meaningful and productive lives as agents of change in shaping the future of America and the world.


The primary purpose of Graduate Programs is to provide qualified students with a quality education which may be required for full development of scholarly and professional capacities.  Graduate study involves the extension of knowledge.  However, it is more than a mere continuation of undergraduate study.  Graduate study is different from undergraduate study in the following respects:

  1. The graduate student is expected to assume greater responsibility and to exercise critical  analysis to engage in scholarly inquiry, and to exhibit a high degree of individual initiative.
  2. Independence of thought and more extensive and intensive reading is required.
  3. Greater emphasis is placed on creativity and research.
  4. Instruction is provided in greater depth by graduate faculty in specialized areas.
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