History and Philosophy of Education

Florida State’s History and Philosophy of Education graduate program provides an expansive exploration of the evolution of education. Through the program, you will gain a vast understanding of the social, historical, and philosophical contexts of educational policy and practice. The program looks at these issues both domestically and internationally, providing you with a comprehensive view of education practices.

The History and Philosophy of Education graduate program offers both a master’s and doctoral (Ph.D.) program. The interdisciplinary nature of the History and Philosophy of Education graduate program allows you to take a variety of courses in international and comparative education, educational policy, sociology, history, and philosophy. At the master’s level, you will examine educational policy and practice and work closely with faculty members. Upon completion of the master’s program, you will understand the varied perspectives influencing the field of education. The doctoral program prepares you to create a unique research and pushes you to advance the field. You will choose a focus of study, such as religious, cultural, gender and social justice factors that impact education.

Graduates of our program explore careers as college/university professors, researchers, and policymakers in schools, government, or non-governmental organizations. Our doctoral graduates enjoy even greater career opportunities and often advance research in the field.

Admission 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 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. FSU Institution Code: 5219.

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

GRE Waiver Allowance for Ph.D. Applicants

NOTE: The GRE requirements for master’s and specialist programs have been waived for all admissions terms in 2021 and 2022.

  • 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 Graduate 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 Graduate 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:

Florida State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
314 Westcott Building
P.O. Box 3061410
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

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

  • Statement of purpose (1 required)  The purpose statement should describe you 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 in the program, specifically professors, postsecondary instructors, or supervisors.  At least two letters must be from professors.  We do not accept letters from co-workers, relatives, 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:


Florida Residency Form: If you are a Florida resident, you must complete the Florida Residency Affidavit even if you were previously designated a Florida Resident by the University. If you do not complete this form, you will be classified as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines are as follows:

Master’s program:

  • Fall admission: June 1
  • Spring admission: October 1
  • Summer admission: February 1

Doctoral program: December 1 (Fall admission only)


History and Philosophy of Education Faculty

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Tuition & Aid

Information about tuition and fees at Florida State is available here. You can learn more about the scholarship and aid opportunities for College of Education students here.

Career Opportunities

Limitless opportunities to teach, conduct influential research, develop groundbreaking policy, and analyze existing or future policies at local, state, and national educational agencies await graduates of this program.

As of 2010, the median pay for policy analysts is $51,380 a year. For university or college professors, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 10.3% increase in jobs by 2026, totaling 7,700 new jobs. The median national salary is $64,780 per year.

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