Requirements for the Degree:
I. Time Limits for Degrees
II. Supervisory Committee
III. Required Courses
IV. Teaching Requirement
V. Program of Studies
VI. MS Prospectus
VII. PhD Proposal
VIII. Graduate Examinations
II: Student Travel
III: Dual Compensation
IV: English Competency
V: Graduate Appeals Policy
VI: Teaching Assistants Manual
VII: Neuroscience Program
Thesis MS and PhD Students Only
One source of financial support for Thesis MS and PhD students is through Graduate Teaching Assistantships. For 2015-2016 the stipend is $21,239 for thesis master's students and $22,143 for doctoral students. This is considered a one-half time appointment. As a one-half time appointee, the University guidelines recommend that no more than 20 hours of duties be required of the student weekly, although this may vary depending on the needs of the department. No departmental financial support is available for students enrolled in the Course-type MS program.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships for students already enrolled are awarded and are distributed to students based on (a) an assessment of the student's progress toward the degree as primarily indicated by the Annual Review, (b) the recommendation of the faculty associated with the various courses and the student's past performance as a teaching assistant, if available. Incoming students will usually be awarded teaching assistantships as recommended by the area faculty based on the available information.
One source of financial support for Thesis MS and PhD students is the research assistantship paid for by the grant funds of the major professor. These assistantships are awarded at the discretion of the major professor subject only to the University stipulation that reinstated students on academic probation are ineligible for financial support.
Financial support varies with the resources of the major professor but should not be lower than the teaching assistantship for equivalent half-time work.
Florida State University provides financial support in the form of fellowships to a number of graduate students. For more information on these awards, please visit the Graduate School’s page on fellowships.
The Department of Biological Science also offers several undergraduate and graduate scholarships. For more information on these scholarships, please visit the Department's scholarships page
University policy limits the number of years a graduate assistant can receive tuition waiver support from the University central waiver pool. The standard is 3 years for a MS degree and 3 additional years for a PhD, or a combined total of 6 years for a student who enters graduate school at FSU without a MS degree. Students who enter our graduate program with a MS degree will have a limit of 4 years for waiver support as a doctoral student except when ‘required by a departmental committee to follow the same program as a student entering without a MS degree’ in which case they fall under the same 6 year standard as students entering without a MS degree. Students who have carried a heavy instructional load throughout their graduate study may be approved for an additional year of waiver support on a case by case basis. Students enrolled in the Course-type MS program are not available to receive a tuition waiver.
A. Matriculation Waivers:
Students receiving teaching or research assistantships for at least one-quarter time or who are on a fellowship are eligible for matriculation waivers. These provide for a waiver of the in-state tuition fees only. Students are still responsible for activity, athletic, health fees, etc. Consult the Graduate Office for the necessary paperwork.
B. Out-of-State Tuition Waivers:
Students receiving teaching or research assistantships for at least one-quarter time or who are on a fellowship are eligible for out-of-state tuition waivers. These provide for a waiver of the out-of-state tuition fees only. Students are still responsible for activity, athletic, health fees, etc. Consult the Graduate Office for the necessary paperwork. U.S. citizens who are non-Florida residents are eligible for an out-of-state waiver for one year. See Appendix I for further information on residency.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has ruled that student assistantships are not tax exempt. However, some foreign countries have treaties with the U.S., and individuals from those countries may be tax-exempt. Questions about taxes (especially prior returns) should be directed to the IRS.