Admissions

 U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens

The application for admission to a graduate program is submitted electronically through the online application. The College of Optics and Photonics require that you fill out their preapplication form before completing the online application for graduate admission.  The College of Engineering and Computer Science encourages prospective students to pre-apply before completing the online application for graduate admission.

U.S. citizens and resident aliens in the United States must submit the following application requirements directly to the UCF College of Graduate Studies:

  • Graduate Online Application for Admission (electronically signed and submitted by the applicant).
  • Residency Classification form (submit with online application).
  • A $30 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants for each application submitted.
  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended. For UCF students applying to UCF graduate programs: You do not need to request transcripts of your UCF course work. The UCF College of Graduate Studies will request those transcripts internally.
  • Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE) or General Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores for doctoral applicants and for those applying to master's programs that require an admissions test. These scores must be sent directly to UCF by the appropriate testing agency.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores sent directly to UCF, if an applicant is from a country where English is not the only official language, or when an applicant's degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution, or if an applicant did not earn a degree in a country where English is the only official language or a university where English is the only official language of instruction.  Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will also accept International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.
  • Recommendations, if required by the graduate program (complete this section of the online application).
  • Resume, essay, or other materials if required by the graduate program (must be submitted as part of the online application).
  • Immunization Form*.

Some graduate programs may require interviews, portfolios, or other material. Official application requirements (or duplicate copies) should not be submitted directly to the graduate programs as it will delay the processing of the application. All official application requirements, with the exception of test scores and transcripts must be submitted online. The UCF College of Graduate Studies must receive the application and all application requirements by the stated application deadline.

*To expedite processing of materials, download and print the Immunization Form from the online application. Send the completed form to the address specified on the form. This form is not used in making an admission decision. However, you will not be allowed to enroll at UCF without submitting the Immunization Form. Please visit the UCF Health Services website for additional information regarding this required form.

Nondegree-seeking Students

If you are interested in taking graduate courses at UCF for personal or professional enhancement or to prepare for possible admission to a graduate program, you may enroll as a nondegree-seeking student. An online application must be submitted.

Nondegree-seeking students must submit the following application requirements directly to the UCF College of Graduate Studies:  

  • Graduate Online Application for Admission (electronically signed and submitted by the applicant).
  • Residency Classification form (submit with online application).
  • A $30 non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants for each application submitted.
  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) showing an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. For UCF students applying as nondegree-seeking: You do not need to request transcripts of your UCF course work. The UCF College of Graduate Studies will request those transcripts internally.
  • Immunization Form*

The UCF College of Graduate Studies must receive the online application and all application requirements electronically (with the exception of transcripts) by the stated application deadline.

Please note that nondegree admission or admission to a graduate certificate program at UCF does not guarantee admission to graduate status in a degree program. International students are not eligible for nondegree status unless they hold an eligible visa. International students taking online courses from their home country are eligible to be nondegree-seeking since they do not require a visa.

Not all graduate degree programs accept nondegree-seeking students.  Please contact the program director for the graduate program you wish to take classes in before beginning the online application process to verify if the program accepts nondegree-seeking students and if specific enrollment instructions apply for graduate-level courses.   

In general, nondegree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid, assistantships, fellowships, or tuition support, although it is best to check with the Office of Student Financial Assistance for specific details. Nondegree-seeking students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours or more to be considered in full-time status.

*To expedite processing of materials, download and print the Immunization Form from the online application. Send the completed form to the address specified on the form. This form is not used in making an admission decision. However, you will not be allowed to enroll at UCF without submitting the Immunization Form. Please visit the UCF Health Services website for additional information regarding this required form.

Transient Students

Students attending UCF for a term from another institution where they are receiving their graduate degree are classified as transient students. Transient students can apply online as a Nondegree-seeking student. An online application must be submitted.

Application requirements for transient students are:

  • Graduate Online Application for Admission (electronically signed and submitted by the applicant; select "Nondegree (General)").
  • A $30 non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants for each application submitted.
  • Residency Classification form (submit with online application).
  • An official transcript (in a sealed envelope) showing an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution OR a letter from your home institution stating that you are in good academic standing and that the institution will accept the transfer of the hours.
  • Immunization Form*

The UCF College of Graduate Studies must receive the online application and all application requirements electronically (with the exception of transcripts) by the stated application deadline.

*To expedite processing of materials, download and print the Immunization Form from the online application. Send the completed form to the address specified on the form. This form is not used in making an admission decision. However, you will not be allowed to enroll at UCF without submitting the Immunization Form. Please visit the UCF Health Services website for additional information regarding this required form.

Certificate Students

If you are interested in taking graduate courses at UCF in a specialized or interdisciplinary area, you may enroll in one of our many graduate certificate programs. In order to apply to a certificate program, complete the online application.

Application requirements for certificate students are:

  • Graduate Online Application for Admission (electronically signed and submitted by the applicant).
  • A $30 non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants for each application submitted.
  • Residency Classification form (submit with online application).
  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) showing an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. For UCF students applying for a certificate: You do not need to request transcripts of your UCF course work. The UCF College of Graduate Studies will request those transcripts internally.
  • Immunization Form*

The UCF College of Graduate Studies must receive the online application and all application requirements (with the exception of transcripts) electronically by the stated application deadline.

If you are a regular graduate student in a graduate degree program and wish to supplement your degree with a graduate certificate, you may do so by completing the online application indicating the graduate certificate program you are interested in. In order to complete a graduate certificate program, a student must apply and be admitted to a specific graduate certificate program. International students on an F-1 visa may not be accepted solely into a certificate program unless they are concurrently enrolled in a graduate degree program, in the English Language Institute at UCF or are attending UCF as a transient student and hold an I-20 from an approved institution.

Students who choose to pursue both a degree and a professional graduate certificate must sustain normal academic progress toward the degree program.

*To expedite processing of materials, download and print the Immunization Form from the online application. Send the completed form to the address specified on the form. This form is not used in making an admission decision. However, you will not be allowed to enroll at UCF without submitting the Immunization Form. Please visit the UCF Health Services website for additional information regarding this required form.



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