Thanks for your interest in staying with the ECE Department! Please follow the instructions below to apply to the grad program as a current UF student.
There are three paths for current ECE students to continue to a graduate degree. Choose the scenario below that best matches your situation.
- Combined Degree Program: for current undergraduate students intending to complete a master’s degree in ECE at UF.
- Transfer from MS to PhD: for students currently enrolled in the MS program who want to continue in ECE at UF for the PhD.
- Readmission: for students who have started a graduate degree at UF and haven’t enrolled in three or more consecutive semesters.
The Combined Degree Program allows qualified UF ECE undergraduates to double-count technical elective credit hours to both their BS and master’s degree in ECE at UF. Students in the combined degree program can begin graduate course work in their senior year. This program is only available to current UF students.
Please note that graduate courses taken before admission to the combined degree program can not be counted towards both degrees.
To be eligible for the combined degree program, students must satisfy the following minimum criteria:
- Must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.3
- Applicants with a 3.3 to 3.59 GPA are eligible to double count up to 6 credit hours
- Applicants with a GPA 3.6 or higher are eligible to double count up to 12 credit hours
- EE Students: Must have completed at least seven EEL-prefixed core courses and 2 EE labs.
- CPE Students: Must have completed at least seven core courses, with four of them being EEL-prefixed courses.
- We are temporarily allowing students to apply without the GRE. Please be aware that you may be required to submit GRE scores when it is time to officially apply to the graduate program.
The following documents are required as part of the application and review process:
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts
To start your application to the combined degree program:
Email the Graduate Admissions Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email include the documents listed above and the following information in the body of your email:
- Full Name
- Date of Birth
- Email address
Please be aware that admission to the Combined Degree Program is not admission into the Graduate Program. Don’t fill out the UF Graduate Admission application at this time! You will need to complete this during your graduation term.
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Students will be notified via email regarding the admission decision. Once admitted, students will be sorted into one of two tracks:
- Honors Track: The Honors Track is for those students whose undergraduate grade point average is 3.3 or higher. It allows double-counting of 6 graduate credit hours for the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
- High Honors Track: The High Honors Track is for those students whose undergraduate grade point average is 3.6 or higher. It allows double-counting of 12 graduate credit hours for the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
In the semester the student graduates with his/her undergraduate degree, the student must complete the UF Graduate School application and submit the $37 application fee. Students should not submit statements of purpose or letters of recommendation through the UF application. Students are required to submit an official GRE test score. Official GRE score reports can be sent directly from ETS using UF Code 5812. Please do not send physical copies of any admissions materials to the ECE Department or ECE Student Services Office.
Current UF ECE master’s students interested in transitioning to the PhD program can potentially do so without filling out a new UF graduate application.
- Complete one full academic year at UF ECE MS with a 3.5 GPA or higher
- Identify a funding PhD advisor (someone who will be your PhD committee chair and will fund your PhD (through RA/GA))
Email the following to email@example.com:
- Statement of Purpose
- 3 Letters of Recommendation (one being from the funding advisor), using this form.
- The recommenders should email the completed form directly to firstname.lastname@example.org – they should write their recommendation in the empty space on the bottom half of the page, or they can use a separate page if more space is needed.
Once all materials are received, the application will be reviewed and the applicant will be notified of the decision via email. If you have already graduated from the MS program, you are not eligible for this transfer process and will need to submit a new graduate application for PhD consideration.
Students who have started a graduate degree at UF but have not enrolled in three or more consecutive semesters should apply for readmission by filling out an application with the University of Florida Office of admissions here. A $30 application fee and $7 processing fee are required for readmission. In the Application Information section of the UF application, when you answer “Yes” to the question of whether you’ve ever attended UF, your application will be marked for readmission. Please note that you do not need to resend your official test scores and transcripts; they should still be on file. Please do submit an updated CV and statement of purpose.