Graduate Program


Welcome to the Department of Physics graduate program webpages.

Navigate within the sections in the menu on the left of the page to find out the latest information about our program (from application to graduation) and about the numerous opportunities to get involved with the department.

This short video provides an overview of the Physics Graduate Program.  Below, we bring your attention to a few aspects of our graduate program that you do not want to miss.

The Department of Physics at UCF offers both Master’s and Doctoral programs.  More information about our degree programs is available on the Curriculum page.

For Planetary Sciences Track program information, click here.

For MS to PhD Bridge Program information, click here.


In this calendar you will find all the events, deadlines and opportunities related to your program, as well as important information for teaching assistants (if you are one). The calendar is designed for the whole department, so it contains events and activities directed to faculty, research associates, graduate and undergraduate students and staff. If you just want to see the activities related to the graduate program, chose GRADUATE STUDENT CALENDAR in CATEGORIES at the top of the calendar.


Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Physics Career Exploration Day 2019 10:00 am
Physics Career Exploration Day 2019 @ Registration at MSB 260 (9:30 am)
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
International Observe the Moon Night 6:00 pm
International Observe the Moon Night @ Knights Plaza
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
They will have telescopes out to observe the Moon up-close (and Jupiter and Saturn once it gets dark). There will also be tables there staffed by some of the Physics-related undergrad clubs.
Academic Advising Week
Academic Advising Week
Oct 7 – Oct 18 all-day
Academic Advising Weeks
Academic Advising Weeks
Oct 7 – Oct 18 all-day
New Plagiarism Module for Graduate Students – Completion deadline
New Plagiarism Module for Graduate Students – Completion deadline
Oct 7 all-day
This Fall 2019, graduate students received a request to complete the webcourse: “Pressures to Plagiarize-Current Grad Students” for current students or “Pressures to Plagiarize-Fall 2019” for new students.    All new (FA19) students must complete[...]
SPS Group meeting 6:00 pm
SPS Group meeting @ PSB 160
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Women in Physics (WiP) Meetings 12:00 pm
Women in Physics (WiP) Meetings @ PSB 160
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hello all, Welcome back! This year the Women in Physics Society (WiP), formerly the Physics Women Society (PWS), will be holding monthly general meetings as well as monthly professional development workshops. We encourage ALL students[...]
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) – Submission deadline
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) – Submission deadline
Oct 16 all-day
Participants must be currently enrolled UCF doctoral students who have entered candidacy and are actively engaged in dissertation research. Submission deadline is October 16th (see flyer).
Graduate Recruitment Committee Meeting 12:00 pm
Graduate Recruitment Committee Meeting @ PSB 146
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
SPS Group meeting 6:00 pm
SPS Group meeting @ PSB 160
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship submission deadline
Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship submission deadline
Oct 30 all-day
Eligible students may send their applications directly to .  The College of Sciences is able to submit up to four nominations to the College of Graduate Studies. For additional details, including eligibility requirements, see the[...]
SPS Group meeting 6:00 pm
SPS Group meeting @ PSB 160
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Governance Team for the Graduate Program 

Department Chair: Dr. Eduardo Mucciolo (
Associate Chair for Academic Programs: Dr. Joshua Colwell ( For general inquiries about the graduate program activities.
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Abdelkader Kara ( For questions specific to the graduate physics curriculum.
Graduate Admissions Coordinator: Esperanza Soto ( For all administrative issues related to the graduate program.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have a question, comment or suggestion.


Student Societies

It is a great honor to have several graduate students societies in the Physics department. We strongly encourage all of you to get involved with them. They are the ones representing you in the department, we work very closely with them in many aspects related to the program, including teaching, research and service (outreach) activities.

Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS)- The Mission of the GSPS is to:
1. Represent the interests of physics graduate students in committees of the department.
2. Help orient and inform new physics graduate students about the department of physics.
3. Educate graduate students in the department of physics about university, conference,and journal policies and resources such as funding, conferences, workshops, seminars,colloquia, lectures, schools, and social events.
4. Organize conferences, workshops, seminars, colloquia, lectures, schools, and social events for physics graduate students.
5. Assist students with qualifier examinations in the department of phyiscs.
6. Facilitate access to and support physics graduate students requesting information about fellowships, grants, assistantships, and other funding opportunities available from local, state, and federal sources.
7. Help physics students find a research adviser.
8. Assist the department of physics with recruitment of new students.
9. Help graduate students in the department of physics find jobs and placement upon graduation..

Physics Women Society (PWS) – The mission of the Physics Women Society (PWS) is to promote the interest of women in the physics department by providing a platform for networking, guidance, mentoring, and counseling. The organization hosts many events, including talks given by female professionals, mentoring for female undergraduates, and outreach to encourage a passion for science in young girls. While the focus of the organization is on women, the purpose is to improve the atmosphere and relations throughout the physics department now and for the future.