Established in 1957, the Florida State University Higher Education Program boasts a long tradition of excellence in preparing students for successful careers in higher education and in disseminating research on higher education policy issues at the national, state, and institutional level. Our mission is to draw upon and apply knowledge from the broad areas of organizational theory, student development, public policy, as well as teaching and learning to improve the quality of practice in college and universities. We offer the program at the M.S., Ed.D. and Ph.D. levels.
In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, an applicant must have:
Verbal – 149
Quantitative – 147
Analytical Writing – 3.5
TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
IELTS – 6.5
MELAB – 77
Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
For this program, supporting documents must be uploaded to the Admissions Application Portal:
The application deadline is December 1 (Fall admission only).
All master’s degree students are required to prepare a professional portfolio as a capstone experience that should be presented during the last semester of the student’s enrollment. For those in the student affairs emphasis, the portfolio preparation process is introduced in the summer term between the first and second year of the master’s program in the course, SDS 5804, Practicum in Student Services. There are two opportunities for this course. One takes place locally and one internationally. Click here for our current practicum in London. A presentation of the portfolio is a part of the requirements for the course — EDH 5630 is Capstone in Higher Education.
3.00 minimum GPA
Residency credits must be earned by each student after being admitted to a doctoral program
Residency is a University requirement; it is enforced by the Dean of Graduate Studies without exception.
An Ed.D. student may accumulate 24 credits in 12 consecutive months or 30 credits in 16 months.
Excellent job prospects await our higher education program graduates. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 19 percent increase in education administrator employment through 2020. Moreover, the median annual wage of entry-level postsecondary education administrators in 2010 totaled $83,710. The growth in this field is primarily due to increased enrollment in postsecondary schools. A large number of postsecondary education administrators are expected to retire between 2010 and 2020, which will present many opportunities for young graduates entering the field.
With a degree in higher education, you will be prepared to take lead roles in areas such as student loans and admissions, student services, and student development. You will also be qualified to work in education-related businesses including consulting and education marketing companies.