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Applying to UCF

You've made the giant leap to attend Graduate School at UCF. What do you do next before applying? Review the few simple steps below before you begin and good luck. 

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  • Step 1   Apply Online

    • All applications to UCF must be submitted online. Please review the application deadlines for your program in the Graduate Catalog. To apply online, visit Our current application fee is $31.00. The application fee is due at the time your application is submitted. Please note that your application will not be processed until the application fee is paid.
  • Step 2   Request Transcripts

    • You should request transcripts from all previously attended schools. All transcripts must be official and delivered in a sealed envelope. If you are a UCF alumnus, your transcripts will be requested automatically by the UCF College of Graduate Studies.

      International students must also submit degree certificates along with English translations if they received their education from any institutions outside of the United States. For details on your county's required documents, including academic credentials and equivalency, please visit our Sample Country Requirements Page.

  • Step 3   Test Scores

    • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be required for admission. Please review your program requirements to determine if an admissions test is required. Official test scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency.
  • Step 4   Essays and Statements

    • For programs that require an essay or goal statement, be sure to submit it online with your application. For more information on writing your essay or goal statement, please visit the University Writing Center.
  • Step 5   Resume

    • When writing your resume, be sure to include such items as research conducted and volunteer work, in addition to any work experience. 
  • Step 6   Recommendation Letters

    • Most programs will require recommendation letters to be submitted using the links in the online application. It is a good idea to request recommendation letters from faculty, supervisors, and/or mentors. UCF's Graduate Online Application has a section which we encourage you to use so that your recommenders may submit their recommendations to us electronically.
  • Step 7   Financial Assistance

    • To be considered for financial support at UCF, you will need to submit your online graduate application early. All students who apply by the priority deadline will be considered for most UCF fellowships and assistantships if they are admitted. For fellowships that require an application, please visit the Fellowships section of this website.
  • Step 8   Application Status

    • You can check the status of your application anytime online anytime after the application has been submitted and processed at Please be aware that our office processes thousands of applications each semester and it can take two to three weeks for files to be updated. If you still have questions, you can also contact the graduate program to which you have applied. 


The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.

Please note the commission's expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university's SACSCOC liaison in UCF's Office of Academic Affairs.

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