Frequently Asked Questions

Are you ready to take the next steps in applying for the FSU Interdisciplinary Data Science Master’s Degree Program? We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions and answers below.

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GRE Waivers

Can I waive the GRE requirement?

The FSU Graduate School is waiving the GRE for most Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 master’s programs.

Admissions Requirements

What are the university admissions requirements?

For more information about the university's graduate requirements of admission, visit

What are the admissions requirements for the IDS program?

Each applicant for the FSU IDS program must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and possess a minimal background consisting of Calculus 2 (MAC 2312 or equivalent), Introductory Statistics (STA 2122, STA 2023 or equivalent), and experience with an object-oriented programming language, preferably Python or R. Coursework in linear algebra is desirable, but not mandatory;
  • Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA (B or better average) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate credits; and be in good standing at the institution of higher learning last attended;
  • Provide a statement of intent and CV or résumé; and
  • Provide three letters of recommendation discussing the student’s aptitude for graduate study.
What if I am unable to get my transcripts?

University policy allows for application review based on unofficial transcripts. In most cases, you will not need to submit official transcripts until your first semester at FSU.

Will COVID-19 have an impact on graduate application decisions?

Our departmental admissions committees are working hard to review completed applications and promptly make decisions. Updates to your application will be reflected on your Online Status Check. Your department will be able to provide you with an estimate as to when you can expect to receive a decision.

What about my immunizations and health insurance requirements?

The university requires that students have health insurance, but if you have specific concerns or questions, please contact the UHS health compliance staff.

Can I apply for spring or summer?

The IDS program is currently only admitting for the Fall 2021 term. Applications for Fall 2022 will be accepted beginning Aug. 1, 2021.

International Requirements

Are international students required to submit English Language Proficiency scores?

Yes, official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. If you are unable to provide scores, please reach out to your department to discuss your options.

What do I do if I can’t take TOEFL in time due to centers closing?

ETS is currently offering an at-home TOEFL option. For more information or to register, please visit the ETS Website.

If I am admitted to FSU and a travel ban prevents me from enrolling, will I be able to change my enrollment term?

We will work with students to reapply for a future term. If you will not be able to join us this fall, please contact your department so they can help facilitate this process and determine which option is best for you.

Who can help me with my visa questions?

Center for Global Engagement advisers are available to provide all immigration services for international students' questions regarding visas. You can contact an advisor via email or schedule a phone or Zoom appointment. Advisers cannot answer questions regarding the length of time it will take to receive a visa. Contact your department for specific questions regarding late arrivals or reapplying for a future term, funding, or your academic program.

As an international student, where should I go to ask questions or learn more?

International students should contact the Center for Global Engagement to discuss regulations related to visas and online/remote learning. CGE will also provide you with ongoing support and a range of cultural activities available to all FSU students.

Do students need to renew passports that have expired during a prolonged stay in the U.S. because of the COVID-19 pandemic?

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement recommends students contact their country’s embassy or consulate to identify options for passport extension or renewal. If students decide to depart the United States, they will not be eligible to apply for admission until they renew their passport.

Where can I receive immigration updates?

Visit the CGE Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about immigration updates and information for the upcoming semester.

Financial Aid

Is there financial aid available for international students?

U.S. federal grants and loans are not awarded to international students.

I am an international student. How do I complete the Certification of Financial Responsibility?

Please review the information under the Finances section of the FSU Admissions website.

Are there graduate assistantships available?

The IDS program is a fully self-paid graduate degree program. There are currently no graduate assistantships available to students.

Where can I learn about scholarships for which I may be eligible to apply?

The process for identifying fellowships and scholarships should begin at least one year prior to beginning a graduate program. For more information, visit the Graduate School Awards page.

Start Term Information

When can I register for classes?

For the Fall 2021 term, new graduate students are able to enroll beginning on Monday, Aug. 16. View the Registration Guide.

How do I register for classes?

Use the MyFSU Student Central Registration Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to add a class to your “Shopping Cart” for registration. Once you have added the appropriate courses to your cart, use the MyFSU Student Central Enrollment Guide for instructions on enrolling in classes you’ve added to your cart.


Will there be an orientation?

IDS will hold an orientation session at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, in the Dirac Science Library, Room 499.

The orientation will give you an opportunity to meet the faculty and advisers in your program and to ask any outstanding questions. A group lunch in the common area will follow.

Class Resources

How can I get help with my classes?

FSU has a multitude of resources to help you succeed in your classes. You will learn about these during Orientation. In the meantime, please visit the websites of FSU Libraries, Reading Writing Center, and the Johnston Digital Studio to find schedules for available academic support services.

How do I get my textbooks or other required class materials?

All books and other class materials may be purchased through the FSU Bookstore and shipped to your house.

I have special learning needs. Is there someone I can contact about my situation?

Students can apply for learning accommodation services through the Office of Accessibility Services, or OAS. You may apply for services at any time during the semester, but OAS requires at least seven days to process your application and schedule an intake meeting. You can apply for OAS services online.

Connect with the FSU Community

How can I get connected to the Florida State community?

Florida State students are involved in more than 700 recognized student organizations, or RSOs. Learn more in Nole Central, FSU’s online student community where you can connect with RSOs centered on academics, community service, multicultural communities, performance, politics, religion and faith, sports and more.

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Can I complete this program online?

The Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree Program in Data Science is currently available only in the traditional, in-person format on the university’s main campus in Tallahassee, Florida.