Admission Requirements and Application Process

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. Specific course requirements are outlined for each of the graduate programs in the following materials.

Consideration for admission to the Graduate Program at Fisk University requires that the following materials are submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies ( or the Office of Admissions and Records at Fisk University. Admissions decisions will generally only be made once a complete application is received.

A completed application form for graduate study

The completed application should be sent electronically to the School of Graduate Studies at, including the application form (available online at For students applying to the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge program, additional application materials will be provided to you by Constantine Coca ( and all materials for that program should be sent to him.

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; unofficial transcripts for the Bridge Program should be sent to

Personal statement

A personal statement addressing specific issues pertaining to knowledge, work and/or research experiences, as well as goals and/or interests in the chosen field and longer-term career goals.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation, directly from the recommenders to Fisk University, preferably from persons who are familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional capabilities.

College level English

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.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required, but may be submitted as evidence. These scores should be sent as part of the application for admission.