For a complete listing of graduate policies, please refer to the Graduate Catalog. Actual program policies may be more strict. Please refer to your program’s graduate manual or see your program’s graduate director for more information. Information regarding policies that are frequently sited in the college can be found on the Policies webpage.


Full-Time Enrollment

These are university minimums for full-time enrollment, your program may require more hours.

  • 9 hours in the Fall and Spring Semesters
  • 6 hours in the Summer Semester
    • With exceptions for thesis/dissertation enrollment
  • Follow departmental and university policies
  • Always check with advisor when registering
  • For Financial Aid recipients, full time enrollment is defined by Student Financial Services
7-Year Rule
  • Courses are only counted for 7 years toward completion of your degree program.
    (Courses in certificate programs are only counted for three years)
Transfer Courses
  • You may be able to transfer courses from previously earned master’s degrees or graduate coursework taken outside of your program.
  • Grades in transferred courses must be a B- or better.
  • Check with your advisor for policies regarding transfer courses and approval.
Academic Progress

Academic progress is monitored by your program, the college and the university.

Your program may have more strict requirements.

  • The College of Sciences has a 3.000 program of study GPA requirement; and the university has a 3.000 graduate status GPA requirement to maintain regular graduate student status and to graduate
    • Program of Study GPA: Calculated from any courses that are included in your program of study. May include transfer courses and approved 4000-level courses (master’s programs only).
    • Graduate Status GPA: Calculated from any graduate level course taken from the semester of admission to degree completion.
  • A maximum of 6 semester hours of unsatisfactory grades are allowed in the program of study.
    Unsatisfactory grades include:

    • C+ (2.25)
    • C (2.0)
    • C- (1.75)
    • D+ (1.25) or lower (Incomplete & Unsatisfactory)
  • Only grades of C- or higher can be used toward course completion.
  • Grades of D+ or lower will count against your GPA but will not count toward completion of a program requirement.
  • “I” grades need to be resolved as soon as possible (after one academic year they will change to an unsatisfactory grade.
  • A GPA below 3.000 will place you on probation for a maximum of 9 hours.
  • A GPA that is not resolved after probation or a GPA below 2.000 will result in your dismissal.
  • There is no “grade forgiveness” in graduate school

Academic Integrity

“Integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, and excellence are the core values that guide our conduct, performance, and decisions.” The UCF Creed (

You are responsible for upholding your own, personal integrity; practicing ethical and responsible research, demonstrating respect for your colleagues, and conducting yourself responsibility with respect to assignments, projects, and tests.

UCF and the Graduate College offer tools through Ethics and Responsible Conduct in Research workshops that will instill an awareness and understanding of the fundamental issues of academic integrity and responsible conduct in research.

Student Responsibility

It is the student’s responsibility to keep informed of all rules, requirements, policies and procedures relating to their graduate program.

Please familiarize yourself with the Graduate Catalog and Golden Rule Student Handbook and consult when questions arise.