General Questions:

Is UCF an accredited university?

Yes. The entire university is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS). The Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology program is nationally accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Clinical Psychology program is nationally accredited by the American Psychological Association. There is no national organization accredits programs in Industrial and Organizational Psychology; however, UCF’s I/O program has structured its curriculum and training model to be consistent with guidelines published by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

What kinds of research opportunities are available?

Graduate students have many opportunities for research here at UCF. Faculty members who do funded research enlist graduate assistants to help them out. Also, students work and do internships at many labs and companies that are affiliated with the school. See questions regarding work and internships.

What are the steps to apply?

Applicants must provide: a completed UCF graduate degree program application form, evidence of successful completion of undergraduate courses in statistics and in the general area of experimental psychology, official GRE scores, completed transcripts showing a baccalaureate degree and grades for all undergraduate and graduate work, a resume and written statement outlining the student’s academic and professional goals, and three letters of reference (at least two by college or university professors who are acquainted with applicant). All requested materials must be submitted by the deadline.

What are the minimum requirements for acceptance?

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. To be considered for acceptance as a regular graduate student, successful applicants are expected to have a minimum cumulative GRE score of about 1100 on the combined verbal-quantitative sections and an undergraduate GPA of about 3.20 in the last two years of study in psychology or related allied field. However, the final admission criteria will normally be more stringent because of the competitiveness of the application process. Students whose native language is not English will be required to submit scores of at least 220 (computer-based test; or equivalent score on the paper-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

After applying, when should I expect to hear from UCF?

It is your responsibility to make sure that UCF has received all necessary documents. Thus, you should call the Office of Graduate Studies to confirm they have received everything that you mailed. UCF will not call you until a decision has been made about your acceptance. This usually happens sometime in mid-March.

How do I register for classes?

Register for classes online. The web-page for registration is The My UCF system provides many student services besides registration You can access your course schedule, view your audit, and even check grades at the end of the semester.

Where will I live?

All graduate students live off-campus. There are off-campus, furnished student housing facilities available, as well as houses and apartments for rent in the area.

How do I become a Florida resident?

For questions regarding residency in Florida for tuition purposes, please click on the link below.

What is so great about Orlando?

Central Florida is noted for its dense population of high-tech companies engaged in many different aspects of simulation and training. More than 140 simulation and training companies have facilities in the Central Florida area. This base gives UCF a broad range of resources and experiences from which to draw. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division (NAWCTSD), U.S. Army Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation Command (STRICOM), Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation, CHI Systems, and Marine Liaison Office (Trainers and Simulators) are just a few of the companies in close contact with UCF.