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Admission Policies
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
IX. Timetable
Annual Reviews
Financial Support
I: Residency
II: Student Travel
III: Dual Compensation
IV: English Competency
V: Graduate Appeals Policy
VI: Teaching Assistants Manual
VII: Neuroscience Program
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This document contains information useful to both graduate students and faculty. It lists and defines requirements and responsibilities for our graduate degree programs. It also provides details on such "fringe benefits" as departmental funding of graduate research expenses and travel to present a paper at one professional meeting per year. Nevertheless, it might be incomplete, and you are invited to suggest topics to be added and/or clarified in future editions.

The degree program guidelines are designed to ensure that students progress toward earning a degree in a timely fashion.

A. Students may complete the requirements in the departmental Graduate Guide of the year in which they enter FSU or those of any subsequent year's Guide. Students may not combine requirements from different years except at the discretion of the Associate Chair (see below) and then only for sound academic reasons presented in advance. Please note that the Department may have additional, or more stringent, requirements than are stated in the FSU Graduate Bulletin. Continuing students who are unsure of their requirements should consult with the Graduate Office.

B. Students are expected to satisfy all requirements within the specified time lines, except when it is impossible to do so for reasons beyond their control. In such cases, which should be identified in advance, the Associate Chair can exercise discretionary authority either to waive the requirement or to approve an extension or substitution. The Associate Dean of Students in the College of Arts and Sciences also has discretionary authority, but only with regard to college requirements (e.g., extension of academic probation).

C. Finally, and certainly not least, we want you to know that we wish each of you every success in what will be an exciting and rewarding graduate experience, and that we are available at all times to serve in the facilitation of your career.

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