The Graduate Policy Committee (GPC) considers University-wide policies related to graduate education and works in accordance with the Steering Committee and the Faculty Senate. When a policy is successfully accepted by the GPC, it has to then normally be approved by the Steering Committee and/or the Faculty Senate (depending on the nature of the policy) in order to be revised and implemented. This page consolidates all approved graduate policies related specifically to students. 

Table Key

  1. Date- This serves as the official date that the policy was approved and finalized.
  2. Subject- The subject heading highlights the name of the policy.
  3. Approved Policy- This link takes you directly to the new and/or revised policy wording. The header of this document shows each date the policy was discussed, revised and accepted.
  4. Graduate Policy Committee (GPC) Minutes- Highlights the discussion, origin, and reasons behind the development or amendment of the policy.
  5. Faculty Senate (FS) Minutes- Highlights the discussion in finalizing and approving the policy for implementation.

To Search

  • Hold Left-Control and Click F on your keyboard and type in a key word to search the webpage for a specific policy. If you cannot locate the policy this way, simply scroll down the page until you find the policy you are looking for.

Note: If "N/A" is visible under the GPC or FS column, this does not mean the minutes do not exist, but rather could not be found. This website is a work-in-progress, so bear with us as we try to locate all of the information.


If you have any questions pertaining to these graduate policies and procedures, please contact James Beck at






Approved Policy


GPC Minutes


FS Minutes

2-16-22 Graduate Bulletin Updates to Student Course Load Section (Full-Time vs Underload/Part-Time) Document 1
Document 2
Document 3
1-31-22 Minutes 2-16-22 Minutes
1-19-22 Proposal to Continue the GRE Waiver for Master's and Specialist Applicants Beyond 2022 (3 Years- Beginning with Spring 2023 Application Cycle) Document 1-10-22 Minutes 1-19-22 Minutes
10-20-21 Change Grade-Point Weighting for Curved College of Law Grades Document 9-13-21 Minutes 10-20-21 Minutes
10-20-21 New Proposed English Language Proficiency Exams for Graduate Admission to FSU (Cambridge Language Assessment, Michigan Language Assessment and Duolingo) Document 9-13-21 Minutes 10-20-21 Minutes
9-15-21 Definition for Master's Degree In-Flight (en route) to Completing the Doctoral Degree Document 8-20-21 Minutes 9-15-21 Minutes
9-15-21 Update to Graduate Certificate Policy Document 8-30-21 Minutes 9-15-21 Minutes
4-14-21 Minor Revisions to Graduate Bulletin Sections Related to Professional Degree Programs Document 3-22-21 Minutes 4-14-21 Minutes
3-24-21 Updated University-Wide TA Standards for Graduate Students Document 3-1-21 Minutes 3-24-21 Minutes
2-24-21 Change to the 3 Hr Rule for Thesis and Dissertation Graduate Students Document 2-8-21 Minutes 2-24-21 Minutes
2-24-21 Manuscript Clearance Defense Grade Definitions Document 1-25-21 Minutes 2-24-21 Minutes
2-24-21 Extension for Temporary Univ. Wide GRE Waiver for Master's and Specialist Applicants for all Terms in 2022 Document 2-22-21 Minutes 2-24-21 Minutes
1-21-21 Preliminary Exam Policy Update Document 1-11-21 Minutes 1-21-21 Minutes
4-29-20 Revision to Grade Appeals System Document 3-27-20 Minutes 4-29-20 Minutes
4-22-20 Master's Program Definitions and New Project Master's Degree-Type Document 3-16-20 Minutes 4-22-20 Minutes
4-22-20 Temporary Univ. Wide GRE-GMAT Waiver for Fall 2020 Master's and Specialist Applicants Document N/A 4-22-20 Minutes
12-16-19 GRE Waiver-FSU-FAMU College of Engineering (thesis- PhD) Document N/A N/A
12-16-19 GRE Waiver- Online Educational Leadership and Admin Document N/A N/A
10-7-19 GRE Waiver- Neuroscience Document 10-7-19 Minutes N/A
10-7-19 GRE Waiver- Biomedical Sciences Document 10-7-19 Minutes N/A
9-30-19 GRE Waiver- International Affairs Document 9-30-19 Minutes N/A
9-9-19 GRE Waiver- Nursing Document 9-9-19 Minutes N/A
4-29-19 GRE Waiver- College of Social Work Document 4-29-19 Minutes N/A
4-29-19 GRE Waiver- Corporate and Public Communication (PCC) Document 4-29-19 Minutes N/A
4-15-19 GRE Waiver-  Public Administration Document 4-15-19 Minutes N/A
2-18-19 GRE Waiver- School of Communication Document (Updated 7-3-19) 2-18-19 Minutes N/A
2-18-19 GRE Waiver- Art Education  Document 2-18-19 Minutes N/A
1-28-19 Policy Concerning Financial Aid and Degree Applicable Hours for Graduate Students Memo 1-28-19 Minutes 3-13-19
10-29-18 GRE Waiver- School of Teacher Education Document (Updated 6-19-19) 10-29-18 Minutes N/A
10-22-18 GRE Waiver- FSU-FAMU College of Engineering (non-thesis) Document 10-22-18 Minutes N/A
10-1-18 GRE Waiver- Educational Leadership & Policy (online Ed.D) Document 10-1-18 Minutes N/A
10-1-18 GMAT Waiver- College of Business (policy update) Document 10-1-18 Minutes N/A
3-21-18 Master's Degree- Graduate Credit Hr Requirement Document 3-5-18 Minutes 3-21-18 Minutes
3-5-18 GRE Waiver- Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies Document 3-5-18 Minutes N/A
2-21-18 Master's Course-Type Option- Minimum Hours Change Document 1-22-18 Minutes 2-21-18 Minutes
10-23-17 GMAT Waiver- College of Business- GMAT Waiver (policy update) Document N/A N/A
10-9-17 GRE/ GMAT Waiver- School of Information Document N/A N/A
8-31-17 Updated Leave of Absence Policy Document N/A N/A
2-17-16 Language of the Theses, Dissertations and Treatises Policy Document 1-11-16 Minutes 2-17-16 Minutes
11-18-15 Residence Policy Revision Document
2-16-15 Minutes
3-30-15 Minutes
11-2-15 Minutes
11-18-15 Minutes
10-19-15 GMAT Waiver- Master's of Accounting (MAcc) Document 10-19-15 Minutes N/A
12-3-14 University Wide Standards for Graduate Teaching Assistants Document 10-27-14 Minutes 12-3-14 Minutes
10-6-14 GMAT Waiver- College of Business- MBA & MS Programs Document 10-6-14 Minutes N/A
4-21-14 GRE Waiver- College of Criminology Document 4-21-14 Minutes N/A
2-24-14 Revision to Language Requirement for International Students Document 2-24-14 Minutes N/A
2-19-14 Revision to Dual Enrollment Policy Document 1-27-14 Minutes 2-19-14 Minutes
10-1-13 Policy for Combined Section Classes (Co-Listed 4000-5000 Level Courses) Document N/A N/A
4-24-13 College of Medicine- Transfer Student Policy Document 4-1-13 Minutes 4-24-13 Minutes
4-24-13 Residence Requirement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Document 2-4-13 Minutes 4-24-13 Minutes
4-24-13 New Language for Graduate Bulletin on Academic Integrity and Advisement Document N/A 4-24-13 Minutes
12-5-12 Modification of Spoken English Certification Standards for TAs in Modern Language and Linguistics Document 11-26-12 Minutes 12-5-12 Minutes
12-5-12 Alternative Certification for International TAs Document 10-1-12 Minutes 12-5-12 Minutes
1-30-12 GRE Waiver- Interior Design (MS and MFA) Document 1-30-12 Minutes N/A
2-16-11 Graduate Bulletin Revisions to the Doctoral Dissertation Defense Policy Document 2-28-11 Minutes 2-16-11 Minutes
2-16-11 Graduate Bulletin Revisions to Graduate Degree Requirements Section Document 10-11-10 Minutes 2-16-11 Minutes
2-14-11 GRE Waiver- College of Motion Picture Arts Document 2-14-11 Minutes
2-14-11 Revision to ETD Submission Process Document 2-14-11 Minutes N/A
2-16-09 Examination in Defense of Dissertation Policy Document 2-16-09 Minutes N/A
1-12-09 Supervisory Committee and University Representative Policy Revision Document 1-12-09 Minutes N/A
11-26-07 ETD Sequestration Policy Revision Document 11-26-07 Minutes N/A
10-30-06 ETD Sequestration Policy Revision Document 10-30-06 Minutes N/A
10-31-05 IBTOEFL Minimum Score Document 10-31-05 Minutes N/A
4-4-05 Grade Appeals System Document
Proposal to Revise
Step Process
4-4-05 Minutes N/A
3-14-05 S/U Deadline Policy Change Document
Policy Change Memo
3-14-05 Minutes N/A
4-21-04 Elimination of Forgiveness Policy Document
Implementation Procedures
Analysis Table
4-5-04 Minutes 4-21-04 Minutes
4-21-04 Revision to Reinstatement Policy Document
Proposal Memo
4-5-04 Minutes 4-21-04 Minutes
9-23-02 Electronic Submission of Treatises, Theses, and Dissertations (ETD Project) Document 9-23-02 Minutes N/A
10-15-01 GRE Waiver- Dance (MFA) Document 10-15-01 Minutes N/A
4-24-00 GRE Waiver- Theatre (MFA) Document 4-24-00 Minutes N/A
3-15-93 S/U Deadline Policy Change Document 3-15-93 Minutes N/A
2-10-92 Registrar Policy for Resetting a Graduate Student's GPA Document
2-10-92 Minutes N/A
11-14-90 Graduate Bulletin Revisions Document 10-8-90 Minutes 11-14-90 Minutes
4-19-89 Graduate Assistants with 25% or Greater- Minimum of 9 Credit Hrs Document
4-10-89 Minutes 4-19-89 Minutes
10-31-88 Examination in Defense of Dissertation Policy Document 4-18-88 Minutes 10-31-88 Minutes
4-8-87 Proposal to Lower Minimum TOEFL Score for International Students Document 2-16-87 Minutes 4-8-87 Minutes
11-17-86 Clarification to the Residence Requirement Document 11-17-86 Minutes N/A
10-13-80 Graduate Bulletin Revisions Document N/A N/A
4-14-80 Joint Authorship of a Thesis or Dissertation Document N/A N/A
1-16-78 Requiring a 3.0 GPA for Grad Students Seeking Admission to FSU with a Master's Degree Document (Item # 108) N/A N/A
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