All graduate students are required to take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Minimum requirements, in order to be considered for admission, are the standard university criteria of a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the last 60 attempted semester hours of credit earned toward the baccalaureate or a GRE score of at least 1000 on the combined verbal-quantitative sections of the General (Aptitude) Test or a GMAT score of at least 450. The GRE/GMAT score must be less than five years old. International students and students whose native language is not English must score at least 220 (computer-based test; or equivalent score on the paper-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Students entering the graduate program should have a good working knowledge of at least one programming language, and should have taken undergraduate courses in calculus and statistical methods. An undergraduate course in matrices or linear algebra is also required except for those students in the Actuarial Science Track or the Data Mining Track. Those students who are not adequately prepared in these areas may need to complete some undergraduate course work before beginning their graduate program. Applicants not qualified for regular graduate status may be initially admitted to the university in non-degree-seeking status and later admitted to regular status once all deficiencies have been eliminated, although only nine hours of graduate course work taken as a non-degree-seeking student can count toward a graduate degree.
The best way to apply for admission is by using the online admission process. It is fast, saves on postage, and avoids potential problems (applications lost in the mail or misplaced by admissions office). To access the online process go to the graduate admissions web page located at www.graduate.ucf.edu. Click on the “Apply Online” link and then follow the instructions.
Make sure that you arrange to have official transcripts sent to the Graduate Admissions Office. In addition, GRE scores, as well as TOEFL scores for international applicants, should be sent to the admissions office directly from ETS.