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    Admissions Requirement Decisions

    • What are the graduate admissions requirements for your programs?

      The minimum UCF admissions requirements are as follows:

      • 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 an official competitive score on the General Tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), (or an official competitive score on the General Management Admission Test (GMAT) 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. The ETS Personal potential Index (ETS PPI) is also strongly encouraged.
      • 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 U.S. 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 IELST 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 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.

      Meeting UCF's minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into any specific program. Individual program may have more application requirements, as listed in the Graduate Programs section of this website. 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.

    • Do you accept bachelor's degrees from distance learning programs?

      If the distance learning program you attended is accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations, then we will accept a bachelor's degree from this program.

      The six accreditation associations that UCF recognizes are:

      • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
      • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
      • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
      • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
      • Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools
      • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • If I meet the required deadlines, when can I expect to receive an admissions decision?

      Each department has its own timeframe for reviewing completed applications. You will be notified via e-mail of your admissions decision. The College of Graduate Studies grants the final admission and notifies the applicant via e-mail.

    • I have applied for a graduate program. Who will be making the final decision?

      Your application is processed in the College of Graduate Studies and then reviewed by the graduate program you applied to. Admissions recommendations are made by faculty in the graduate program you applied to. Once an admission recommendation is received by the College of Graduate Studies, it is reviewed to ensure that applicants meet the university minimum requirements before being finalized.

    • What are my chances of getting admitted into a graduate program if I do not fulfill the minimum university requirements?

      If you feel that you will not be able to meet the minimum admission requirement, you should check with the program that you applied are interested in or have applied to, to talk about your admission posibilities.
    • Am I accepted into my graduate program?

      Once the department has completed their review of your application, you will be notified of an admissions decision.

      You can keep up with the status of your application by going online to https://my.ucf.edu. As a first time user, you will need to click on "What is my UCF ID?" located at the bottom of the "Sign on" box. To retrieve your UCF ID and Network ID (NID), enter your Social Security Number and date of birth (in YYMMDD form), then click the submit button. Your user ID login is your UCF ID with a default myUCF Password consisting of an uppercase "P" - followed by your birth date in the form of YYMMDD (Example: using the YYMMDD format, enter P600413 for April 13, 1960.). This system is used to ensure privacy with regard to your personal information.

      After you login:

      1. Select Student Self Service (left-hand menu)
      2. Scroll down to Graduate Students (center of the page)
      3. Select Application Status (underneath the Graduate Admission heading on the right-hand side)
    • When can I meet with an adviser to ask if I can use any of my existing graduate credits as transfer credits for UCF?

      You can meet with an adviser after you apply to a graduate program at UCF. The acceptance of transfer credits depends on whether the program can substitute them for pre-requisite courses, etc

    • How do I register as a Graduate Nondegree student?

      If you have your bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or recognized foreign institution, you may apply as a non-degree/post-baccalaureate student.

      As a non-degree student, you will not be working towards any degree program; however you are able to take graduate (or undergraduate) level courses. You will need to submit official, sealed transcripts (if you are a UCF undergraduate, we will request your transcripts for you) to the College of Graduate Studies Office.

      Please also note that if you choose to transition into a degree seeking program, you will need to complete a new application. Up to 9 credit hours of classes you take as a non-degree seeking student may transfer into a degree seeking program (requires your academic department’s approval), but you are welcome to take as many classes as you wish beyond that 9 hours.

      Steps to Apply as a Nondegree-seeking student:

      Students should check with the department that they are interested in taking classes in to determine if they are able to enroll as a non-degree seeking graduate student

      1. Apply online at www.apply.graduate.ucf.edu. When you access the online application go to "Create Account."  Enter the required information.  If you previously applied online, you will receive a message that says you already have an account.  There will be two options at the bottom of this page--"Continue & Create New Account" and "Email".  Select, "Continue & Create New Account" and a new PIN will be assigned for your latest application.
      2. Pay the $30 non-refundable application processing fee
      3. Submit official transcripts showing an earned bachelor’s degree or degree in progress to the UCF College of Graduate Studies. If you have already done so, there is no need to send an additional copy. No essay, resume, test scores, or recommendation letters are required. Please note that if you degree is currently in progress you will need to send your final transcripts once your degree has been awarded
      4. Immunization Form.  This form must be submitted to the UCF Health Services prior to registration. The form can be downloaded from the online application site or from the UCF Health Services website (www.hs.sdes.ucf.edu/healthcenter/immunizations.html).
      5. Please note that non-degree admission or admission to a graduate certificate program at UCF does not guarantee admission to graduate status in a degree program.  Also, students in this status do not qualify for any type of financial assistance.
    • How many hours taken as UCF Certification or Nondegree student can I transfer over to a graduate program?

      As a university policy, internal credits earned as a UCF non-degree seeking/certificate student may be transferred and used toward a graduate degree within the same or closely related discipline. These credits may not exceed 50 percent of program requirements, and are subject to the approval of your graduate program. If the number of transfer credits for an earned UCF graduate certificate is equal to or exceeds 50 percent of program requirements, additional transfer credits are not allowed.

    Application Requirements

    • How do I apply for admissions into graduate study?

      The application is available online at www.apply.graduate.ucf.edu.

      You can apply online for a degree or certificate program and as a nondegree student. When applying as a nondegree student, you should choose "Nondegree (General)" as the program you are applying for on the Program Information page of the online application.

    • May I get a Graduate School Application mailed out to me?

      UCF College of Graduate Studies no longer offers hard copy applications. Prospective students should complete the application online at www.graduate.ucf.edu. We offer this web-based application in the hope that it will make the application process as easy and convenient as possible for you.

    • How do I apply as a graduate nondegree student?

      1. Students should check with the department that they are interested in taking classes in to determine if they are able to enroll as a Non-Degree seeking graduate student.

      2. Apply online at https://application.graduate.ucf.edu/. When you access the online application go to "Create Account."  Enter the required information.  If you previously applied online, log in using your previous login and password. If you do not remember your password or login, click the “Forgot your password/login?” link and enter the required information. Once you have logged into your account select the “My Applications” tab at the top of the webpage then click the “New Application” link to begin a new application. When applying, select the "Nondegree (General)" option in the Program Information section of your application.

      3. Pay the $31 non-refundable application processing fee

      4. Submit official transcripts showing an earned bachelor’s degree or degree in progress to the UCF College of Graduate Studies. If you have already done so, there is no need to send an additional copy. No essay, resume, test scores, or recommendation letters are required. Please note that if you degree is currently in progress you will need to send your final transcripts once your degree has been awarded

      5. Immunization Form.  This form must be submitted to the UCF Health Services prior to registration. The form can be downloaded from the online application site or from the UCF Health Services website (http://www.hs.sdes.ucf.edu/healthcenter/immunizations.html).

      Please note that non-degree admission or admission to a graduate certificate program at UCF does not guarantee admission to graduate status in a degree program.  Also, students in this status do not qualify for any type of financial assistance.  

    • If I missed my application deadline, can I still apply?

      You may only apply late if the program coordinator for your program of interest is still willing to review your application past the deadline date. You must contact the program coordinator for his/her approval before applying past the deadline. Complete contact information for all graduate program coordinators may be found on the graduate website, www.graduate.ucf.edu.

    • What is the application fee?

      The non-refundable application processing fee is $30.00 and it is required of ALL applicants for EACH application submitted.

    • How can I submit my application processing fee?

      The application fee can be submitted with the online application. If you have already submitted the application, it can be paid via phone with a credit card. Phone payments can be made by calling (407) 823-5353. You may also submit your payment in person by visiting the UCF College of Graduate Studies on the main campus, Millican Hall, Suite 230. The application fee payment can also be sent via mail to:

      University of Central Florida
      College of Graduate Studies
      Millican Hall, Suite 230
      P.O. Box 160112
      Orlando, FL 32816-0112

    • I submitted my application but I was unable to pay for my application fee online. Is there an alternate way I may submit my fee?

      If you did not pay the application fee online at the time you submitted the application, you will now need to call the UCF College of Graduate Studies Office to pay over the phone. You may also send in a check or money order. If you live locally, you may also pay in person by cash, credit card, check or money order. For your convenience, you may pay the application fee by calling our office at 407-823-5353. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm and Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time).

      You may also send a check or money order payable in U.S. funds (check to be made out to University of Central Florida:

      UCF College of Graduate Studies
      PO Box 160112
      Millican Hall 230
      Orlando, FL 32816-0112

      Please note that your application fee is non-refundable and must be received by the stated application deadline. Your application will not be processed until your application fee has been received.

    • How do I correct a mistake on my application if I have already submitted it?

      To correct mistakes on a submitted application, you will need to contact the College of Graduate Studies at: gradadmissions@mail.ucf.edu OR (407) 823-2766. NOTE: Changes to the entry term and year and to the major and track cannot be made once your application is submitted.

    • I am planning on applying to more than one graduate program. Will I have to pay the application processing fee for each application?

      Yes, all applicants must pay the $30.00 (US Dollars) application processing fee for each application that they submit.

    • I am applying as a Graduate Nondegree student. Will I need to complete a new application and reapply once I want to begin my degree-seeking program, or can I just transfer?

      To reapply to our graduate programs, you will need to create a new application with the required $30 application fee.

      You can access the graduate online application at www.apply.graduate.ucf.edu.

      When you access the online application, go to "Create Account" and enter the required information. If you previously applied online, you may receive a message that says you already have an account. There will be two options at the bottom of this page--"Continue & Create New Account" and "Email". Select, "Continue & Create New Account" and a new PIN will be assigned for your new application.

    • How can I reapply or reactivate to UCF?

      To reapply to our graduate programs, you will need to create a new application with the required application fee. Each program requires a new application.
       
      You can access the graduate online application at:  https://application.graduate.ucf.edu/

      When you access the online application go to "Create Account."  Enter the required information.  If you previously applied online, log in using your previous login and password. If you do not remember your password or login, click the “Forgot your password/login?” link and enter the required information. Once you have logged into your account select the “My Applications” tab at the top of the webpage then click the “New Application” link to begin a new application.

      Any official transcripts/education credentials previously submitted will remain on file, and will not need to be requested again. Supporting documents such as resumes, essays and letters of recommendation should be resubmitted if more than 12 months have elapsed since you last applied.  GRE/GMAT scores will remain on file and are valid for 5 years from your test date; TOEFL scores will remain on file and are valid for 2 years from your test date.

    • How can I file another online application, since my previous application won't allow me to make changes?

      To complete another application, you will need to create a new application with the required application fee. Each program requires a new application.
       
      You can access the graduate online application at:  https://application.graduate.ucf.edu/

      When you access the online application go to "Create Account."  Enter the required information.  If you previously applied online, log in using your previous login and password. If you do not remember your password or login, click the “Forgot your password/login?” link and enter the required information. Once you have logged into your account select the “My Applications” tab at the top of the webpage then click the “New Application” link to begin a new application. 

    • I previously applied to a graduate program, but was not admitted. May I reuse my application materials?

      Supporting documents such as resumes, essays and letters of recommendation should be resubmitted if more than 12 months has elapsed since you last applied. GRE/GMAT scores will remain on file and are valid for 5 years from your test date; TOEFL / IELTS scores will remain on file and are valid for 2 years from your test date.

    • What if I register for classes for one graduate program and then decide to apply to a different program?

      When graduate students wish to change their graduate program after having been admitted, they must complete a new online application for graduate admission for the new program.

      You can access the graduate online application at:  https://application.graduate.ucf.edu/

      When you access the online application go to "Create Account."  Enter the required information.  If you previously applied online, log in using your previous login and password. If you do not remember your password or login, click the “Forgot your password/login?” link and enter the required information. Once you have logged into your account select the “My Applications” tab at the top of the webpage then click the “New Application” link to begin a new application. 

    • How do I look up the institution codes on the online application for the institutions I have attended?

      You can look up the institution codes for the institutions you have attended by using the "look up" buttons on the "Academic Record" section of your online application.

    • What do I do if the program I am interested in is not listed on the online application?

      This may be because we do not offer the program or because it is listed differently on the online application. First, we suggest that you visit www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/programs to confirm whether we offer the program you are interested in. If we do offer the program and you continue having difficulties locating it on the online application, please contact our office for further assistance at gradadmissions@mail.ucf.edu or (407) 823-2766.

    • How can I check my application status?

      You can keep up with the status of your application through the myUCF website at https://my.ucf.edu.

      On this website you will be able to retireve your UCF ID by selecting the question "What is my UCF ID & NID?"

      As a first time user, you will need to select  "What is my UCF ID & NID?" located at the bottom of the "Sign on" box. To retrieve your UCF ID and Network ID (NID), enter your Social Security Number and date of birth (in YYMMDD form), then click the submit button. Your user ID login is your UCF ID with a default myUCF Password consisting of an uppercase "P" - followed by your birth date in the form of YYMMDD (Example: using the YYMMDD format, enter P600413 for April 13, 1960.). This system is used to ensure privacy with regard to your personal information.

      After you login:

      1. Select the Student Self Service (left-hand menu)
      2. Scroll down to Graduate Students (center of the page)
      3. Select Application Status (underneath the Graduate Admission head on the right-hand side)
      4. To view the items we have recevied, please select the "Support Docs" tab

      On this page you can check the status of your admissions decision and supporting documentation. Please keep in mind that your application will read incomplete until we receive all supporting documents. If we only have preliminary transcripts (transcripts priort to graduating) then your status will read incomplete until we receive your final transcripts. A decision can be made based on your preliminary transcripts.

    • What is the domestic application deadline for UCF graduate programs?

      The domestic application deadlines for most UCF graduate programs are as follows:

      Fall: July 15
      Spring: December 1
      Summer: April 15

      These deadlines may vary depending on the program. Please visit www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/programs for additional deadline information.

    • How do I apply and register for online classes available for teacher certification?

      If you are not seeking a degree then you can apply as an Education Undecided/Certification student. All you need to do is apply online at www.apply.graduate.ucf.edu. When completing the online application, please choose "Education Undecided/Certification" in the Program Information section.

      In order to look up class offerings, please look at the class schedule available at myUCF.

    Test and Transcript Requirements

    General

    International Applicants

    Immunization Form

    Residency for Tuition Purposes

    • Who is a Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes?

      'Florida resident for tuition purposes' is a person who has, or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian has, established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least the last twelve (12) months. Residence in Florida must be as a bonafide domicile rather than for the purpose of maintaining a residence incident to enrollment at an institution of higher education. We require documentation establishing legal residence in Florida (these documents must be dated at least one year prior to the first day of classes of the term for which resident status is sought). The following documents will be considered in determining legal residence:

      Florida driver’s license (required); AND Florida vehicle registration; AND Florida voter registration

      To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, you must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or legal alien granted indefinite stay by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Other persons not meeting the twelve (12) month legal resident requirement may be classified as Florida residents for tuition purposes only if they fall within one of the limited special categories authorized by the Florida Legislature and Board of Governors. All other persons are ineligible for classification as a Florida 'resident for tuition purposes.' Living in or attending school in Florida will not, in itself, establish a legal residence. For more information on qualifying for Florida residency for tuition purposes, limited special categories, and ineligibility for classification, we ask that you review the following section of the UCF Graduate Catalog and click on: Financial Information > Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes. 


    • How long do I have to be in Florida before I can claim Florida residency for tuition purposes?

      You have to be in Florida for at least 12 months prior to the first day of classes for the term you wish to enroll in so that you can be considered for Florida residency for tuition purposes. Furthermore, you must establish that your presence or, if you are a dependent child, the presence of your parent or parents in the state currently is, and during the requisite 12-month qualifying period was, for the purpose of maintaining a bona fide domicile in the State of Florida, rather than for the purpose of maintaining a mere temporary residence or abode incident to enrollment at the university.

      All supporting documentation submitted for residency purposes must be issued by the state of Florida and dated at least 12 months prior to the first day of classes for the semester in which you are initially enrolling. If current issue dates are renewals and dated less than 12 months prior to the first day of classes, then proof of an issue date prior to the renewal and at least 12 months prior to classes is required. Supporting documentation is due no later than the last day of registration for the term in which you are enrolling.

    • What is meant by 'Name of person claiming Florida residency' on the Residency Classification form?

      The "Name of person claiming Florida residency" refers to the person who has maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 months prior to the term in which Florida residence is claimed for tuition purposes. This person may be the student, or if the student is a dependent, it may be the student's parent or legal guardian. A claimant can be also be the student's spouse.

    • Do U.S. citizens have to fill out a Florida Residency Classification? Why?

      Yes. All applicants wishing to claim Florida residency for tuition purposes, including US Citizens, must fill out a Florida Residency Classification in order to be considered.

    • Why am I being classified as a non-Florida resident if I attended UCF as an undergraduate/graduate student and was classified as a Florida resident?

      If more than a year has elapsed since you last attended UCF as an undergraduate/graduate student, we are not able to use your previous classification. We must classify you according to the information you provide on the residency portion of your application, and request additional documentation if necessary. In order for our office to grant you initial residency classification for a program to which you are applying, Florida residency guidelines require us to have updated residency information that is no more than a year old on file.

    • Under what circumstances would a person from outside the United States or from another state be considered in-state for tuition purposes?

      These reasons are:

      • The student is married to a legal Florida resident (copy of marriage certificate required).
      • The student lived in Florida and has maintained legal ties for at least 12 months prior to the start of the semester, and is a permanent resident (INS documentation and proof of residency required).
      • The student is a member of the armed forces or is the spouse or dependent child of a member of the armed forces (copy of military orders required).
      • The student is a teacher or administrator at a Florida public school, community college, or university, or a spouse or dependent child of such person (proof of employment required).

      Please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog located on our graduate website, www.graduate.ucf.edu, for other circumstances in which Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes could be granted.

    • If I was a non-resident last year but have been in Florida for a year, where can I get my residency changed?

      If you are currently enrolled at UCF and are classified as a non Florida resident for tuition purposes and wish to reclassify your current residency classification, you will need to contact the College of Graduate Studies residency reclassification official at gradreclass@mail.ucf.edu. More information on Residency Reclassification can be found online at www.admissions.graduate.ucf.edu/content.aspx?id=264&linkidentifier=id&itemid=264.

    • Why am I being charged as an out of state and in state student?

      Based on the information provided on the residency portion of your application, you were classified as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes. Additional documentation may have been requested of you via e-mail, but it was either not received or did not meet the requirements.

      The in state charge shown reflects the cost of in state tuition and the out of state charge reflects the extra cost you are required to pay for being an out-of-state student. 

    General Health Insurance

 

 
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