School of Graduate Studies Admissions

Admission Requirements and Application Process

Graduate Program Application

Admission to the Fisk University Graduate Program is open to persons who have graduated from an accredited college and earned a B.A. or B.S. degree in the field of interest of the graduate program.

Consideration for admission to the Graduate Program at Fisk University requires that the following materials are submitted to Our office will then forwards application materials to the appropriate graduate program and/or to the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-PhD program

  1. A completed application form for graduate study, including three letters of recommendation, preferably from persons who are familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional capabilities. Completed applications are due by March 15* for the following fall term.   *Although the deadline is March 15th,  applications should be submitted as early as possible to receive full consideration for all Fellowship funding and special research or other opportunities. Later applications are occasionally considered, but resource allocation for tuition and stipends may be complete by April 15th
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate work. These must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions and Records by the registrar of the institution awarding credit for the completed work;
  3. personal statement addressing specific issues pertaining to knowledge, work and/or research experiences, goals and/or interests in the chosen field
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the General Test are also required. These scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions, Fisk University, Nashville TN 37208-3051 as part of the application for admission.

Adequate skills on the college level in reading and in spoken and written English are expected of all graduate students.  If English is not the student's primary language, a TOEFL examination is required for consideration by the admissions committee

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

Students accepted for graduate study at Fisk University are provided an offer letter that clarifies the source of funding for tuition. In addition, in the Natural Sciences ( Biology, Chemistry, and  Physics [including physics, materials science, and astronomy]), graduate student stipends also are available. The signing of this offer letter by the student confirms the official acceptance into the Graduate Program at Fisk University