Graduate Admissions

The Department of Physics requires that all applicants meet UCF minimum admission requirements. For information about UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline(s).

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

Applicants may apply to the Physics MS program or if interested in pursuing both an MS and PhD in Physics, applicants may apply directly to the PhD program.  Applicants that are admitted to the Physics PhD program may request the option to receive a Master’s Along the Way upon completion of the MS degree requirements, which include a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s Degree.

The admission process begins with the applicant completing the Graduate Online Application for Admission here.

To apply for the UCF Physics Masters to PhD Bridge Program click here.

In addition, to the general UCF graduate admission requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

Doctoral degree applicants

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended (sent directly by the school, not by the applicant)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE general score
  • GRE Physics Test score is optional
  • TOEFL scores (International applicants from non-English speaking countries)

Master’s degree applicants

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended (sent directly by the school, not by the applicant)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores (International applicants from non-English speaking countries)

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on an evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, match to the program and faculty expertise related to the applicant’s career/academic goals, as well as the applicant’s potential for completing the degree.

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, free health insurance and/or loans. For more information click on the financial support information tab or contact the Graduate Program Assistant.

Prospective students are urged to pre-apply before completing the online application by sending their CV, Essay, and Unofficial Transcripts to the committee by November 30th.  Send these documents via e-mail to the Graduate Program Assistant at soto@ucf.edu. For many students, there are possibilities of fellowships, and submitting a pre-application directly to the department can be important for identifying those opportunities.

Application Deadlines

In order to receive consideration for admission to the program and consideration for financial support, the online application and supporting documents must be received at UCF’s College of Graduate Studies by the January 15th Fall Priority deadline.

Consideration for the UCF Physics Masters to PhD Bridge Program begins with an application to the American Physical Society (APS) Bridge Program, which opens in December and has a deadline in March.  Refer to the APS Bridge Program website for the most current information about: APS Bridge Program eligibility and application process.

UCF Application Deadlines:

Semester International International Transfer Domestic
Fall Priority January 15 January 15 January 15
Fall January 15 March 1 July 15
Spring July 1 September 1 December 1

 

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