About Us

The mission of the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR) is to work collaboratively with all academic units to educate and train future scholars, teachers, researchers and professionals and to produce knowledge and research in the fields and areas in which they will work.
To carry out this mission, SGSR serves as the chief academic advocate for graduate education at FAMU, and  is responsible for the following:
  • Recruiting, enrolling and retaining domestic and international students.
  • Ensuring a well-facilitated graduate admission process.
  • Managing graduate tuition waivers, fellowships,  assistantships and scholarships.
  • Working with graduate student organizations.
  • Promoting, encouraging and supporting graduate student research.
  • Helping undergraduates prepare for and gain admittance to graduate school through the Graduate Feeder Scholars’ program.
  • Handling processes related to graduate faculty and creating programs that facilitate faculty development.
  • Overseeing the dissertation and thesis process.
  • Ensuring compliance with all SACS graduate and professional accreditation standards.
  • Engaging in the review and approval of new and revised graduate programs.
  • Encouraging new program ideas and intellectual pursuits


Graduate Studies & Research Faculty
Graduate Studies & Research Faculty


Reginald K Ellis, Ph. D

Ms. India J. Woods,  Program Coordinator and Graduate Feeder Liason   
Mrs. Whitney Harris, Office Manager  
Mr. Derrick Standifer, Academic Program Coordinator  Student Appeals, Requisitions and Department Liaison 

Mr. Jefferey Beasley, Graduate Admissions Assistant


Ms. Tamiko Smith, Accounting Coordinator 

Graduate Funding and Assistantships, 
Graduate Insurance, Travel, Purchasing, Human Resources, and Travel Awards

Mrs. Phyllis Watson, Director of Continuing Education

Office of Continuting Education




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Contact Us

Admissions Inquiries: gradadmissions@famu.edu
515 Orr Drive Suite
469 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, FL 32307
850-599-3505 or 850-561-2423