The University of Central Florida is a growing metropolitan university established in 1963 as Florida Technological University. Located in Orlando, Florida – the state’s most rapidly growing technology area – UCF offers an array of research and educational opportunities to students interested in pursuing a graduate education in the arts and sciences. Additionally, as an industry, the university has shown itself to be a proven leader in promoting and developing high-tech growth in Central Florida.

Mission Statement

The College of Sciences Office of Graduate Services is committed to providing students, staff and faculty with quality service and support to promote graduate education. This office is available as a resource to students and administrators from recruitment to degree completion; enhancing intellectual development and encouraging excellence in every student and graduate program. The office:

  • Advises graduate students in cooperation with programs
  • Provides advisement that is responsible, appropriate, and offered with confidence and integrity
  • Serves as a liaison between the university Division of Graduate Studies and programs; Helps staff and faculty administer and develop graduate programs
  • Oversees graduate education in the college to maintain academic standards and uphold UCF’s graduate policies and regulations.

UCF’s graduate programs enroll more than 9000 graduate students and rank in the top 25% for number of Masters degrees awarded in the U.S., while awarding over 250 Doctoral degrees annually. Currently, the College of Sciences offers an array of degrees and certificates from the social, natural, physical and computational sciences. For a complete listing of these programs, please refer to the current graduate catalog by clicking HERE.

The University of Central Florida is a charter member of the Central Florida Higher Education Alliance which serves as an education resource to the community. Additionally, UCF is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). UCF’s Carnegie classification is Comprehensive Doctoral without a Medical School (previously Doctoral/Research University-Intensive), though our Medical College was completed in 2009 and is gaining strength and recognition every year. UCF has also continued to be one of the top ten strongest in the countries for patents. Over $200 million in research and grant awards are generated annually through partnerships with Florida’s High-Tech corridor and at the state and federal levels. The college is affiliated with over numerous research facilities in the area, including the Central Florida Research Park, and institutes such as the Florida Eastern Europe Linkage Institute and Institute for Simulation and Training.

Publications from the colleges include: The Political Chronicle (Political Science), Homicide Studies and Social Science Research (Sociology and Anthropology). Various departments offer membership in local, regional, and national organizations, including the American Psychological Association (Psychology) and American Mathematical Society (Mathematics) and the university has a Graduate Student Association (GSA).

Reach For the Stars…

A graduate education at the University of Central Florida is not only beneficial for educational advancement and exposure to experiential and research opportunities, holding a graduate degree also has the potential to increase one’s salary by 25% as compared to having only a baccalaureate degree (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). Therefore, whether you have just finished a bachelor’s of have several years of experience beyond it, a graduate degree is the next logical step in today’s fast-paced and high technology world.