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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

In addition to meeting the minimum university criteria, each applicant is required to satisfy college and department admission requirements. Meeting the admission requirements does not automatically guarantee admission, particularly to the doctoral programs, since enrollments may be restricted by limited college or department resources. The college also suggests its applicants file a pre-application before completing the university’s online application.

Master’s Programs Admission Requirements: A minimum GPA of 3.0 or better during the last two years (60 hours) of undergraduate degree work or for their overall undergraduate career is required. Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Data Analytics, and Electrical Engineering MS programs require competitive GRE scores on the combined verbal and quantitative sections. Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Digital Forensics, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering MS Programs do not require the GRE or another standardized test. However, all applicants who have not earned a degree from an English speaking institution must score at least an 80 on the internet-based TOEFL test or a 6.5 band score on the IELTS exam. Additional requirements, like a personal statement, resume, and/or letters of recommendation vary from program to program, but may be required.

Doctoral Programs Admission Requirements: Each applicant is expected to have a master's degree in engineering (or related discipline) awarded by a recognized institution and meet the departmental admission requirements. Exceptional students may be accepted to a PhD program without a MS degree upon department approval. All students are required to submit competitive GRE test scores. All applicants who have not earned a degree at an English-speaking institution must score at least an 80 on the internet-based TOEFL test or a 6.5 band score on the IELTS exam. Additionally, all doctoral programs require that the applicant submit three letters of recommendation, a personal/research statement, and a resume.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

The individual departments in the College of Engineering and Computer Science offer master's degrees to students who not only fulfill University and College requirements, but have an undergraduate degree in a particular field of engineering or a closely related discipline from a recognized institution. Doctoral applicants should have a master's degree in a particular field of engineering or a closely related discipline from a recognized institution. Exceptional students may be accepted to a PhD program without a MS degree upon department approval. For Fall 2016, the average GRE score of our admitted MS students was a 310 combined from the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam. The average GRE scores of our admitted PhD students was a 311 combined from the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Along with all other graduate admission requirements, international students, except those who are from countries where English is the only official language or those who have earned a degree from an accredited American college or university, are required to submit a score of at least an 80 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6.5 band score on the IELTS exam.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

None above those already stated for the university and college.

Residency Requirements

To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, the student (dependent or independent) must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident alien, or a legal alien granted indefinite stay by U.S. Immigration, and must have established physical and legal residence in Florida for a least one year. Students who do not meet these basic criteria cannot be classified as residents for tuition purposes.

In-state status is only for those residents who reside in the state permanently with established legal domicile in Florida. Permanent Florida residency for tuition purposes is demonstrated by the absence of ties to any other state. An out-of-state permanent address on pertinent records is not indication of established legal domicile in Florida.

Permanent residence is evaluated for the domicile year associated with the initial term of entry to UCF or the term for which you are seeking reclassification.

Students are either dependent or independent. Graduate students are considered independent unless documentation provided determines otherwise. A copy of a federal income tax return substantiating dependent status will be required if a student is claiming residency as a dependent of a legal Florida resident. In rare cases, a student may qualify for temporary in-state status by qualifying under an exception category.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

There are no additional admission requirements for transfer students in the graduate program; however, there are restrictions on acceptance of transfer course work specific to the master's and doctoral programs.

Any credits taken prior to the term of admission to a student’s program and used to satisfy specific program requirements are considered graduate transfer credits. The acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of the graduate program.

• Only graduate-level or higher courses may be accepted as transfer credits.

• Only courses with a grade of B- or higher are allowed to be transferred into a program of study; transfer of courses with a grade lower than a "B-" is not petitionable.

• Only hours that are no more than seven years old at the time the degree is conferred may be transferred, unless part of an earned graduate degree.

• Despite meeting the minimum qualifications for transfer work, approval of all transfer work is at the discretion of the student’s advisor and/or the program’s graduate coordinator.

Transfer Work Requirements for MS Programs

Two different types of transfer credit can be brought into a master’s program of study.

1. External transfer credits: graduate-level course credits completed at a regionally accredited institution (excluding UCF) or recognized international institution. External credits are eligible for transfer only if they meet the following criteria:

• Only graduate-level or higher courses may be accepted as transfer credits.

• Only courses with a grade of "B-" or higher are allowed to be transferred into a program of study; transfer of courses with a grade lower than a "B-" is not petitionable.

• Only hours that are no more than seven years old at the time the degree is conferred may be transferred, unless part of an earned graduate or professional degree.

• Only formal course work hours, but not thesis or research hours, may be used as transfer credits.

External transfer credits are limited to up to 9 credit hours.

2. Internal transfer credits: graduate-level course credits completed

a. at UCF prior to enrolling in the program for which the degree is sought, including those taken in undergraduate status at UCF as part of a Senior Scholar or accelerated program; or

b. as a Traveling Scholar (see Traveling Scholars in the General Graduate Policies for more information).

Internal credits are eligible for transfer only if they meet the following criteria:

• Only graduate-level courses may be accepted as transfer credits.

• Only courses with a grade of "B-" or higher are allowed to be transferred into a program of study; transfer of courses with a grade lower than a "B-" is not petitionable.

• Only hours that are no more than seven years old at the time the degree is conferred may be transferred, unless part of an earned graduate degree.

Graduate degree programs are permitted to accept up to nine hours of graduate-level course work taken by a student while in undergraduate status at UCF. More than nine hours may be accepted if part of a formally approved accelerated program.

The sum of transfer credits from an earned graduate or professional degree, external transfer credits, and transfer credits from graduate-level course work taken by a student while in undergraduate status at UCF may not exceed nine credit hours.

The acceptance of transfer credits must be approved by the program director of the degree program; graduate programs may stipulate additional constraints. In no case may the sum of all transfer and waived credits exceed 50% of the total degree requirements of any masters’ degree.

Transfer Work Requirements for PhD Programs

Three different types of credit may be brought into a program of study for course work taken outside of UCF or prior to enrolling in the program for which the degree is sought.

1. External transfer credits: course credits completed at a regionally accredited institution (excluding UCF) or recognized international institution.

External transfer credits are eligible for transfer only if they meet the following criteria:

• Only graduate-level courses may be accepted as transfer credits.

• Only courses with a grade of "B-" or higher are allowed to be transferred into a program of study; transfer of courses with a grade lower than a "B-" is not petitionable.

• Only hours that are no more than seven years old at the time the degree is conferred may be transferred, unless part of an earned graduate degree.

• Only formal course work hours, but not thesis or research hours, may be used as transfer credits.

External transfer credits are limited to up to 9 credit hours for students who do not have a completed graduate degree or for students in doctoral programs that require a master’s degree for admission.

2. Internal transfer credits: graduate-level course credits completed

a. at UCF prior to enrolling in the program for which the degree is sought, including those taken in undergraduate status at UCF as part of a Senior Scholar or accelerated program; or

b. as a Traveling Scholar

Internal credits are eligible for transfer only if they meet the following criteria:

• Only graduate-level or higher courses may be accepted as transfer credits.

• Only courses with a grade of "B-" or higher are allowed to be transferred into a program of study; transfer of courses with a grade lower than a "B-" is not petitionable.

• Only hours that are no more than seven years old at the time the degree is conferred may be transferred, unless part of an earned graduate degree.
(Note: Internal thesis or research hours may be used as transfer credits, but may not be used to satisfy formal course work requirements.)

Graduate degree programs are permitted to accept as internal transfer credits up to nine hours of graduate-level course work taken by a student while in undergraduate status at UCF. More than nine hours may be accepted if part of a formally approved accelerated program.

Waived credits: 30 credit hours in a program of study that are waived on the basis of an earned master’s degree, not based on individual courses.

For students in doctoral programs that do not require a master’s degree for admission, students with an earned master's degree may have 30 credit hours waived if the following criteria are met:

• the earned degree is from a regionally accredited institution or recognized foreign institution;

• the master's degree was earned in the same or a closely related area of study
The acceptance of transfer or waived credits in a program of study must be approved by the program; graduate programs may stipulate additional constraints beyond those included in the university transfer policy. In no case may the sum of all transfer and waived credits exceed 50% of the total degree requirements of any doctoral degree.
All transfer and waived credits to be used toward a doctoral degree should be finalized by the end of the third major (fall/spring) term of program enrollment (based on full-time enrollment), and must be finalized prior to the change to candidacy status.