Admissions

Information for All Applicants

Application Forms

The application for admission to a graduate program is submitted electronically through the online application. A nonrefundable application fee is required of each applicant for each application submitted.

Official Transcripts

To be granted admission to UCF in graduate or nondegree status, all applicants must request official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) from their previous institution showing a baccalaureate degree and their grades in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student OR while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student (normally based on the last sixty attempted semester hours). Transcripts must be mailed directly from the previous institution to the UCF College of Graduate Studies.

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 produce those transcripts internally.

If grades were transferred from other schools in the last 60 semester hours, official transcripts from those schools also must be obtained and submitted. If applying to Business, Social Work, or Psychology, all transcripts from all colleges attended are required. Final acceptance into degree-seeking graduate status is not granted unless an applicant's official transcripts are on file so that they can be evaluated for admission.

Graduate Examinations

All students who wish to be admitted in regular degree-seeking status to a doctoral program or wish to be considered for university-wide fellowships must submit an official GRE General Test score (or an official GMAT score as required). Some master's level programs may also require the GRE or GMAT for admission. Some graduate programs may also require the GRE subject test before admission into graduate student status.

International students, except those who are from countries where English is the only official language, those who have earned a degree from a regionally accredited US college or university, or those who have earned a degree from a country where English is the only official language or a university at which English is the only official language of instruction, are required to submit a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will also accept International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.

Official test scores must be electronically forwarded to the UCF College of Graduate Studies directly from the appropriate testing agency.  Test scores must be on file by the stated application deadline. UCF recommends that any individual contemplating class work beyond the bachelor's degree take the GRE or GMAT at the earliest possible date to avoid problems associated with a delay of acceptance into a graduate program. Test scores are usually available in four to six weeks.

Registration Information and Resources: 

  • GMAT Services -- 1-800-GMAT-NOW | www.mba.com/us | UCF Institution Code: RZT-HT-58
  • GRE Services -- 1-800-GRE-CALL | www.ets.org | UCF Institution Code: 5233
  • TOEFL Services -- 1-800-GO-TOEFL | www.ets.org | UCF Institution Code: 5233
  • IELTS Services -- 1-626-564-2954 | www.ielts.org 
  • Preparatory courses are offered through UCF's Division of Continuing Education -- (407) 882-0260 | www.ce.ucf.edu

Pearson Vue and the Educational Testing Service's policy are to report scores only until September 30 following the fifth anniversary of the test date. In other words, test scores are only valid for five years. If ETS/Pearson Vue cannot provide an official copy, students will need to repeat the GRE or GMAT and have an official score reported to the UCF College of Graduate Studies. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are only valid from ETS for two years.

Medical History Report

All new students must furnish medical history reports on the approved university Immunization Form before registration will be allowed. The Immunization Form is available from the UCF Health Services. This form should be completed and mailed to the address on the form. Immunizations and diagnostic procedures may be required of students by the university prior to any registration. University requirements for vaccinations or immunizations may be waived upon receipt of appropriate documentation from the student that the waiver is requested on the basis of religious grounds or on the recommendation of a university physician.

Where physician examinations or certificates are required, they must be signed by a doctor of medicine or by a doctor of osteopathy. The university reserves the right to refuse registration to any student whose health record or report of medical examination indicates the existence of a condition that may be harmful to members of the university community.

Validity of Application Requirements

If the university finds that an applicant has made a false or fraudulent statement or a deliberate omission on the application, residency affidavit, health report, or any accompanying document or statement, that applicant will be denied admission. If the student is enrolled when such fraud is discovered, the student may be immediately withdrawn (with no refund), denied further enrollment, and invalidated on credit and any degree based on such credit. International students may face deportation. Actions for this type of offense are handled administratively by the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services after notification to the alleged violator and hearing by that office.

Deadline for Application Requirements

If the graduate program has a specific deadline, the application and all application requirements must be received electronically by that deadline (see the Graduate Programs section in this catalog). For all other programs and nondegree applicants, the application and all application requirements should be received by the UCF College of Graduate Studies no later than July 15 for fall admission, December 1 for spring admission, or April 15 for summer admission. For international applicants, all application requirements should be received by the UCF College of Graduate Studies and all documents required to issue an I-20 be received by the International Service Center no later than January 15 for fall admission, July 1 for spring admission, and November 1 for summer admission. In some cases, applicants may be allowed to register on a temporary basis (without all application requirements), assuming it can be determined from available records or consultation with the students that they appear admissible. Failure to submit records by mid-term of the first semester will result in registration holds for all succeeding terms. Transcripts should be sealed in an envelope by the registrar of the former institution and mailed directly to the UCF College of Graduate Studies.

Change of Major

When students wish to change their major or college, after having applied and/or been admitted to a graduate program, they must file a new online application and submit all application requirements for their intended new program at the UCF College of Graduate Studies.  A new application processing fee is required. The program director of the new graduate program will then review the student's application file and make an admission recommendation.

Second Master's Degree

Individuals seeking a second master's degree must file a separate online application and application fee for that graduate program and complete the normal UCF master's degree application requirements for the second degree.

Up to nine semester hours from a completed master's program at UCF or any other institution may be transferred into a second master's program if the courses are not more than seven years old when the second degree is completed.

Admission Decisions

After receiving all official transcripts, standardized test information, and other documents required by the program, the graduate program director will make an admission recommendation. Admission to graduate status can be in any one of the following categories: regular, conditional, provisional, provisional/restricted, provisional/conditional, restricted, or restricted/conditional status.

Final admission to a graduate program is granted by the UCF College of Graduate Studies. Admission is only valid for the term in which the student is admitted.  If the student does not enroll in their first term of admission, their admission will be revoked and they will need to reapply to a future term. 

Admission Classifications

Graduate Status—Regular

All students who wish to be admitted in regular degree-seeking status or nondegree-seeking status must submit a final, official transcript from a regionally accredited US institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution. All students who wish to be admitted in regular degree-seeking status to a doctoral program or wish to be considered for university-wide fellowships must also submit an official GRE General Test score or an official GMAT score as required. The minimum university application requirements for admission to regular graduate status are listed below. Individual graduate programs may specify additional application requirements.

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution and a GPA of 3.0 or more (on a 4.0 maximum) in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student OR while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student (normally based on the last sixty attempted semester hours); OR, a graduate degree or professional degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution in a field related to the discipline of the program to which the student is applying.
  • Students applying to doctoral programs must submit a competitive score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination or a competitive score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (as required) or an equivalent score on an equivalent measure approved by the graduate program and the university.
  • Students applying to doctoral programs must also submit three letters of recommendation, a resume or curriculum vita, and a written essay.
  • A student must be accepted by the program director offering the particular degree program sought and the UCF College of Graduate Studies. Graduate programs are encouraged to have more restrictive application requirements than the minimum university application requirements. Graduate program requirements may be based on other factors such as work experience, research interests of the prospective student, evidence of extracurricular or community work, personal interviews, or other factors specified by the program.
  • International students must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language. International students, except those who are from countries where English is the only official language, those who have earned a degree from a regionally accredited US college or university, or those who have earned a degree from a country where English is the only official language or a university at which English is the only official language of instruction, are required to submit a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score on the computer-based test of 220 or 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (or equivalent score on the paper-based test) or IELTS before they can be admitted to the university.  Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will accept IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher unless otherwise specified by the program.
  • International students applying to master's programs that do not require a GRE or GMAT, must submit a course-by-course evaluation with GPA calculation of their official transcripts from a credential evaluation service recommended by UCF. This course-by-course evaluation must show a GPA that is equivalent to a 3.0 from an earned degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.

Graduate Status—Conditional

A student who meets the minimum university application requirements for regular admission (as listed above) but has not submitted all required documents may be admitted conditionally upon recommendation of the program director to which admission is sought and the UCF College of Graduate Studies. Conditions must be met by mid-term of the first semester. Registration will only be available for the term the student has been admitted. Future term enrollment will be open once the conditions are met. At that time, the student will be changed to regular graduate status.

Graduate Status—Restricted

Even though minimum university application requirements are met, a graduate program may attach restrictions to the admission of an applicant, such as higher GPA requirements, completing a standardized test, completing certain prerequisite courses, maintaining a certain GPA in the first few hours of a graduate program, etc. Students may be denied admission to regular graduate status if the restrictions are not met.

Students who have a graduate GPA less than 3.0 while in graduate status or that have been placed on probation or dismissed from a program at UCF and are admitted into a new program will be admitted into the new program in restricted graduate status.

Graduate Status—Provisional

A student who does not fulfill the minimum university application requirements for regular admission (as listed above) may be admitted provisionally upon recommendation of the program director to which admission is sought and the UCF College of Graduate Studies.

Provisional students may be admitted to regular status following satisfactory completion of nine semester hours, in the graduate program and upon recommendation by the program director and Vice Provost and Dean of the UCF College of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Status—Restricted/Conditional

Even though minimum university application requirements are met, a program may attach restrictions to the admission of an applicant, such as higher GPA requirements, completing a standardized test, completing certain prerequisite courses, maintaining a certain GPA in the first few hours of a graduate program, etc. Students may be denied admission to regular graduate status if the restrictions are not met. The student also has not submitted all application requirements for admission. All application requirements for admission must be submitted by mid-term of the first semester. Registration will only be available for the term the student has been admitted. Future term enrollment will be open once the conditions are met.

Graduate Status—Provisional/Restricted

A student who does not fulfill the minimum university application requirements for regular admission (as listed above) and has not met the graduate program's specific requirements may be admitted in provisional/restricted status upon recommendation of the program director to which admission is sought and the UCF College of Graduate Studies. A graduate program may attach restrictions to the admission of an applicant, such as higher GPA requirements, completing a standardized test, completing certain prerequisite courses, maintaining a certain GPA in the first few hours of a graduate program, etc.

Provisional/restricted students may be admitted to regular status following satisfactory completion of nine semester hours, in the graduate program and upon recommendation by the program director and Vice Provost and Dean of the UCF College of Graduate Studies AND satisfactory completion of the graduate program's restrictions. Students may be denied admission to regular graduate status if the graduate program's restrictions are not met.

Graduate Status—Provisional/Conditional

A student who does not fulfill the minimum university application requirements for regular admission (as listed above) and has not submitted all required documents for admission may be admitted in provisional/conditional status upon the recommendation of the program director to which admission is sought and the UCF College of Graduate Studies.

Provisional/conditional students may be admitted to regular status following satisfactory completion of nine semester hours, in the graduate program and upon recommendation by the program director and Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies AND the submission of all application requirements for admission. All application requirements for admission must be submitted by mid-term of the first semester. Registration will only be available for the term the student has been admitted. Future term enrollment will be open once the conditions are met.

Nondegree-seeking Status

Students are generally placed in this category at their request. International students are not eligible for nondegree status unless they hold an eligible visa status. A student may elect to remain in nondegree status for various reasons (e.g., requirements in a graduate program at another institution, personal improvement, meeting job requirements, and removing academic deficiencies).

While in nondegree-seeking status, students are allowed to take graduate courses, in some departments, on a space-available basis. Nondegree students may also enroll in specific graduate certificate programs. Not all departments accept nondegree students and the procedures for enrollment into graduate-level classes vary with each department. Students should check with the individual departments or colleges before submitting an application and attempting to register.

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.

Graduate Certificate Status

Nondegree-seeking students or regular graduate students in a graduate degree program may enroll in one of UCF's graduate certificate programs. In all cases, certificate students must have earned a baccalaureate or higher degree, or equivalent, from a regionally accredited university. Unless they are also enrolled in a regular degree program, graduate certificate students are treated as nondegree seeking students. Students who pursue both a degree and a professional certificate must sustain normal academic progress toward the degree program. International students on an F-1 visa are not accepted solely into a certificate program unless they are concurrently enrolled in a graduate degree program, in the Intensive English Language Program at UCF or are attending UCF as a transient student and hold an I-20 from an approved institution.

Nondegree to Regular Graduate Status

Nondegree students wishing to apply to a graduate degree program must file a new online application and application fee for that degree program. The new online application and all application requirements must be submitted by the stated application deadline for the graduate degree program. Students who have been admitted in provisional status in a graduate degree program must file a new application if they wish to be accepted by a graduate degree program different from the program to which they were provisionally admitted.

Appeals

According to state and university regulations, students who are not accepted by a program but who meet the University minimum standards for admission to graduate status are permitted to appeal that decision. The appeal procedure consists of the student writing a letter within thirty days of the date of denial to the program director indicating the desire to appeal and the reasons for the appeal. The program director may ask the department or program graduate committee to examine the necessary information and recommend a response to the appeal. The program director will recommend an admission action to the department chair.

Should the department chair deny the appeal, and there are new circumstances, facts, or other matters that the student feels warrants consideration, the student may request further consideration from the graduate college by writing a letter to the Vice Provost and Dean of the UCF College of Graduate Studies indicating the desire to appeal further and the reasons why an appeal is sought. The Vice Provost and Dean of the UCF Graduate College may ask the Graduate Council to examine the necessary information and recommend a response to the appeal. The decision of the Vice Provost and Dean of the UCF College of Graduate Studies is final.



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