Last Updated 2015-05-28
Civil Engineering PhD
Together, the Graduate Student Handbook
and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.
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This section describes the process for degree completion. Students must follow a prescribed, yet flexible path, achieving milestones along the way. Generally, if a student is hard working and diligent, and is a full-time graduate student, he or she should be able to complete a PhD program within about 2 to 4 years beyond the master’s degree. For a student who has entered the PhD with only a BS degree, the total time may be 3 to 5 years.
The PhD degree is a research-oriented degree that requires coursework combined with intensive research. The PhD offers an intensive, individually tailored research program suitable for the preparation of students for an academic career, a research institute career, or specialized consulting career. The program is flexible in content, depending on the student and the advisor. However, certain University, College, and Department rules/policies must be met. The main requirements are listed below. A plan of study must be developed by the student and advisor, with input from the dissertation committee, and must receive departmental approval. It is usually developed near the beginning of the PhD program, at which time transfer credit will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. It can be amended as the research progresses.
Minimum hours required for PhD - 72 beyond the bachelor’s degree
Hours waived for an earned master’s - 30 credit hours maximum, provided a course-by-course review is performed
At least 27 hours of formal course work is required, exclusive of research and independent study. At least 15 of the 27 hours must be taken at UCF after the master's program, exclusive of independent study and research, and taken from approved formal courses
Dissertation - 18 credit hours
A minimum "B" (3.0) average must be maintained in the plan of study and no more than two C+, C, and C- are allowed. No D+ or lower grades are acceptable.
Doctoral research hours - 9 hours maximum (more than 9 research hours can be taken, but up to 9 hours only can be counted toward the plan of study).
Independent Study (XXX 6908) - 6 hours maximum (more than 6 independent study hours can be taken, but up to 6 hours can be counted toward the plan of study).
No more than a total of 12 hours of doctoral research plus independent study can be included in a plan of study.
Directed Research (XXX 6918) is not permitted in a PhD plan of study.
The student must pass a Qualifying Examination in one of the departmental disciplines. This examination must be taken within the first year of study beyond the master’s degree. It may be attempted no more than twice.
The student must pass a Candidacy Examination prepared by the student’s committee. The Candidacy Examination is normally taken near the end of the course work and consists of a written portion (which may be the written research proposal and/or additional written questions), and an oral presentation of the research proposal. A copy of the written examination will be kept as part of the student’s official record. The student cannot register for dissertation hours until the Candidacy Exam has been passed. Admission to Candidacy requires the following:
Completion of all but 6 hours or less of course work, except for dissertation hours.
Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
Submital of an approved program of study.
The student must pass a Dissertation Defense Examination, which is the oral defense of the written dissertation.
International students have to meet College of Graduate Studies and International Services Center rules to remain in legal standing as a full-time student throughout their tenure at UCF.
The following illustrates the minimum credit hours requirements for the PhD plan of study. Please note that the academic advisor can increase those hours as he/she sees suitable.
Program Credit Hours
MS to PhD
Total: Minimum of 72 hours
BS to PhD
- Minimum 45 hours of coursework (could include maximum 6 hours independent study)
- Minimum 18 dissertation hours
- Maximum of 9 Doctoral Research hours
Total: Minimum of 72 hours
Articulation Course Requirements
Articulation Courses are those undergraduate courses that are pre-requisites for graduate courses. Articulation courses are required for some students, especially with backgrounds outside the discipline. These typical senior-level courses give students the appropriate level of knowledge needed to take required and elective graduate courses in the discipline. Articulation requirements may vary for each individual student depending on their background. Please contact a faculty advisor for more information.
Graduate Course Requirements
PhD degrees are research-oriented. Because most PhD students in CECE enter the program with a Master’s degree, there are no set courses required for the PhD. Each program is unique, and depends on the individual’s background and interests, and the research needs of the dissertation project.
The PhD in Civil Engineering is a research-oriented degree that requires course work combined with intensive research. The program requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Thirty of the 72 credit hours can be met with either a nonthesis or thesis MS in Civil Engineering. This leaves 42 credit hours, of which 18 credit hours must be Dissertation Research and a minimum of 15 credit hours must be formal course work. A maximum of 9 credit hours of Doctoral Research hours can be used in the doctoral program, which could be replaced by additional formal course work.
For students not having an MS degree who directly enter the PhD program (BS to PhD), there will be a minimum of 45 hours formal course work (i.e., 30 credit hours identical to the course work for a nonthesis MS in any of the Civil Engineering focus areas plus a minimum of 15 credit hours course work past the MS). In addition, these students can enroll for Doctoral Research credit hours during or after their first semester in the program. The 27 credit hours required in addition to the 45 credit hours course work will be 18 credit hours in Dissertation Research, and a maximum of 9 credit hours in Doctoral Research. Up to 9 credit hours of Doctoral Research can be replaced by additional formal course work subject to the approval of the PhD adviser and the advisory committee.
For both MS to PhD and BS to PhD students, the program of study must be developed with an advisory committee and meet with departmental approval at the beginning of the PhD program, at which time transfer credit will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
Elective Courses—54 Credit Hours Minimum
- To be approved by a faculty adviser and the graduate coordinator.
- At least 27 credit hours of formal course work is required, exclusive of research and independent study. For students entering the program with a completed master’s degree, at least 15 of the 27 credit hours (exclusive of independent study and research) must be taken at UCF after the master's program from approved formal courses. For students entering the program without a master’s degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related discipline, at least 45 credit hours of formal course work are required.
- Doctoral Research (XXX 7919) - 9 credit hours maximum (more than 9 research credit hours can be taken, but only a maximum of 9 credit hours will be counted toward the program of study).
- Independent Study (XXX 6908) - 3 credit hours maximum
- No more than a total of 12 credit hours of doctoral research plus independent study will be included in a program of study.
- Directed Research (XXX 6918) is not permitted in a PhD program of study.
Students can choose among the following courses with the consent of the academic adviser. Students that have no MS degree should complete the core courses for the MS degree in the respective focus area. These focus areas are: Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Transportation Systems Engineering, Water Resources Engineering and Construction Engineering. For each one of these areas there is a suggested list of core courses.
Suggested elective courses include:
- CEG 5700 Geo-Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
- CEG 6065 Soil Dynamics (3 credit hours)
- CEG 6115 Foundation Engineering (3 credit hours)
- CEG 6317 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering (3 credit hours)
- CES 6170 Boundary Element Methods in Civil Engineering (3 credit hours)
- TTE 5835 Pavement Design (3 credit hours)
- CES 5144 Matrix Methods for Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
- CES 5325 Bridge Engineering (3 credit hours)
- CES 5606 Advanced Steel Structures (3 credit hours)
- CES 5706 Advanced Reinforced Concrete (3 credit hours)
- CES 5821 Masonry and Timber Design (3 credit hours)
- CES 6010 Structural Reliability (3 credit hours)
- CES 6116 Finite Element Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
- CES 6209 Dynamics of Structures (3 credit hours)
- CES 6220 Wind and Earthquake Engineering (3 credit hours)
- CES 6230 Advanced Structural Mechanics (3 credit hours)
- CES 6527 Nonlinear Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
- CES 6715 Prestressed Concrete Structures (3 credit hours)
- CES 6840 Composite Steel Concrete Structures (3 credit hours)
Transportation Systems Engineering
- TTE 5204 Traffic Engineering (3 credit hours)
- TTE 6205 Highway Capacity (3 credit hours)
- TTE 5805 Geometric Design of Transportation Systems (3 credit hours)
- TTE 5835 Pavement Design (3 credit hours)
- TTE 6256 Traffic Operations (3 credit hours)
- TTE 6270 Intelligent Transportation Systems (3 credit hours)
- TTE 6315 Traffic Safety Analysis (3 credit hours)
- TTE 6526 Planning and Design of Airports (3 credit hours)
- CGN 6655 Regional Planning, Design and Development (3 credit hours)
- STA 5206 Statistical Analysis or ESI 5219 Engineering Statistics (3 credit hours)
Water Resources Engineering
- CWR 5125 Groundwater Hydrology(3 credit hours)
- CWR 5205 Hydraulic Engineering(3 credit hours)
- CWR 5515 Numerical Methods in Civil and Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
- CWR 5545 Water Resources Engineering (3 credit hours)
- CWR 5634 Water Resources in a Changing Environment (3 credit hours)
- CWR 6102 Advanced Hydrology (3 credit hours)
- CWR 6126 Groundwater Modeling (3 credit hours)
- CWR 6235 Open Channel Hydraulics (3 credit hours)
- CWR 6236 River Engineering and Sediment Transport (3 credit hours)
- CWR 6535 Modeling Water Resources Systems (3 credit hours)
- CWR 6539 Finite Elements in Surface Water Modeling (3 credit hours)
Construction Engineering and Management
- CCE 5205 Decision Support for Infrastructure Projects (3 credit hours)
- CCE 5006 Infrastructure Systems Management (3 credit hours)
- CCE 5220 Green Design and Construction (3 credit hours)
- CCE 5937 Construction Contracts (3 credit hours)
- CCE 6036 Advanced Construction Planning and Control (3 credit hours)*
- CCE 6211 Design and Monitoring of Construction Processes (3 credit hours)*
- CCE 6045 Cost Analysis of Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (3 credit hours)
Students are also allowed to take courses from other specialization areas. Students can take courses from Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering and other departments, including but not limited to Statistics, Mathematics, and Industrial, Mechanical, and/or Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science, with the consent of the academic adviser.
Dissertation—18 Credit Hours
- XXX 7980 (where XXX can be CGN, CEG, CES, CWR, or TTE; 18 credit hours)
The student must pass three examinations.
The first is the PhD Qualifying Examination in one of the departmental disciplines. This written examination must be taken within the first year of admission into the PhD program. It may be attempted no more than twice.
The student must pass a Candidacy Examination, normally taken near the end of the course work. It consists of a written and oral presentation of a research proposal, and may include additional written or oral questioning by the committee. A copy of the written examination will be kept as part of the student’s official record.
Admission to Candidacy
The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours. Evidence that items have been completed must be received by the College of Graduate Studies on the Friday before the first day of classes for those who wish to enroll in dissertation hours in that semester:
- Completion of all but 6 hours or less of course work, except for dissertation hours.
- Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
- Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
- The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
- Submittal of an approved program of study.
Dissertation Defense Examination
The Dissertation Defense Examination is an oral examination taken as defense of the written dissertation.
The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all dissertation defense announcements be approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the College of Graduate Studies Events Calendar at least two weeks before the defense date.
Students in the Civil Engineering PhD program pay a $16 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $8 per semester.
Timeline for Completion
The following listing is intended as a guide and reminder to students and faculty as to the approximate timing of events for graduate students. It is intentionally somewhat vague to account for different starting semesters, different research project needs, and different levels of student capabilities. Note that PhD students should, prior to entering UCF, coordinate with the faculty to talk with a potential dissertation advisor and discuss plans for courses in the first semester.
- Semester 1: Meet with advisor. Enter UCF and begin classes.
Semester 2: Schedule Qualifying Exam to be taken before, during or immediately after the second semester. Continue to take classes. Begin research planning.
Semester 3: After passing Qualifier, work with Advisor to form a committee. Prepare a Plan of Study, and file it with the Graduate Coordinator. Prepare a formal plan for research, and a research proposal.
Semester 4: Finish classes and/or take research hours. Take the Candidacy Exam as prepared by Committee. Obtaining doctoral candidacy is one of the major milestones in graduate study. After this important exam is passed, then the student truly becomes a PhD candidate, and can now begin taking dissertation hours.
Semester 5: Conduct Research. Register for Dissertation hours, and work on Dissertation.
Last Semester: File intent to graduate. Defend dissertation. Students must be registered in the semester in which they are completing the requirements for the degree program.
See Timeline for Completion of Degree Program. For specific course selection, please consult with program advisor to obtain an approved Plan of Study.
Taken within the first year of admission, preferably within the first two semesters. This exam is a written exam consisting of open and/or closed book questions designed to (1) test the student’s knowledge of fundamentals within the broad discipline, and (2) to assess the student’s ability to think analytically and creatively. Questions are contributed by various members of the faculty, and the grading is typically on a pass/fail basis. If the student fails this exam, it may be re-taken once.
Taken near the end of all coursework (often involves the defense of a proposal for research). This exam is to assess whether the student truly understands the research that he or she is about to undertake. This exam may include written questions, but should be oriented to the specific field of the research topic. It also tests the student’s ability to present technical information clearly and understandably in front of an audience. The exam may be re-taken at the discretion of the dissertation committee.
For further information about graduate student policies, please see the Graduate Catalog:www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu Policies > Doctoral Program Policies > Candidacy.
NOTE: In addition to passing the exam and obtaining committee approval, students must have the candidacy and dissertation advisory committee documentation received and processed by the College of Graduate Studies prior to the first day of classes for the term in order to enroll in dissertation hours (XXX 7980) for that term.
Each student must write a dissertation on his or her research that describes a significant and original contribution to the field of study.
University Dissertation Requirements
The College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation page contains information on the university’s requirements for dissertation formatting, format review, defenses, final submission, and more. A step-by-step completion guide is also available at Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation.
All university deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. Your program or college may have other earlier deadlines; please check with your program and college staff for additional deadlines.
The following requirements must be met by dissertation students in their final term:
- Submit a properly formatted file for initial format review by the format review deadline
- Submit the Thesis and Dissertation Release Option form well before the defense
- Defend by the defense deadline
- Receive format approval (if not granted upon initial review)
- Submit signed approval form by final submission deadline
- Submit final dissertation document by final submission deadline
Students must format their dissertation according to the standards outlined at Formatting the ETD. Formatting questions or issues can be submitted to the Format Help page in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. Format reviews and final submission must be completed in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. The Dissertation Approval Form is also available in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site.
The College of Graduate Studies offers several thesis and dissertation Workshops each term. Students are highly encouraged to attend these workshops early in the dissertation process to fully understand the above policies and procedures.
The College of Graduate Studies thesis and dissertation office is best reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The dissertation defense occurs after completing and writing the dissertation. The defense determines whether the student has done satisfactory work and fully understands the work that he or she has done. The oral defense of the dissertation is administered by the Advisory Committee which makes a critical inquiry into the work reported in the dissertation and into the areas of knowledge that are immediately relevant to the research. All members vote on acceptance or rejection of the dissertation. The dissertation must be approved by a majority of the Committee and a pass/fail report will be submitted to the Office of Graduate studies by the Committee. The committee has the final say on whether the student passes or fails. If failed, this exam may not be re-taken.
The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all dissertation defense announcements are approved by the student's advisor and posted on the college's website at least two weeks before the defense date and on the College of Graduate Studies Events Calendar.
Research is a vital part of graduate education, particularly for doctoral students. The development of research skills and the practice of good research ethics begins with graduate study. Faculty serve a crucial role and are the primary source for teaching research skills and modeling research ethics.
In the CECE department, much of our research is carried out as a part of Contracted Sponsored Research. Faculty obtain sponsored research from many different government agencies, and/or industry, and thus commit the university to doing certain research tasks. Students are typically hired to help the faculty conduct the research, and as such are contractually obligated to give their “best efforts” to accomplishing the research tasks. In most cases, students who are supported on contracts may use the results of their work as the basis for their dissertation.
- CECE has several institutes and laboratories. To learn more, please visit the research section of the website.
- Dissertation – This document may be among the biggest academic efforts that you will ever make. As of the writing of this handbook, it is required that all theses and dissertations be officially submitted to the College of Graduate Studies in electronic form. It is highly recommended that you (the student) discuss format and content with your advisor, and carefully review other theses or dissertations before you get started. The Graduate Studies web site has some helpful hints with regard to formats for the electronic version of these documents. Please see Thesis and Dissertation (ETD).
It is important to be honest and ethical in conducting research as well as in taking classes. Report all data factually and completely.
Patents and inventions may arise from the faculty and graduate student research. UCF has clear guidelines and a Patent and Invention Policy in the Graduate Catalog. Please see www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu > Policies > General Graduate Policies > Patent and Invention Policy.
Students should be aware that in our department, we require that theses and dissertations be written in a journal article format and in accordance with College of Graduate Studies requirements. The UCF College of Graduate Studies conducts workshops on thesis and dissertation formatting, library research, and writing essentials through their Pathways to Success program. It is highly recommended that each student coordinate with his or her faculty advisor as to the preferred journal format, prior to beginning to write the dissertation.
There are specific Laboratory Safety Procedures that must be followed by each student working in a lab in the CECE Department. It is department policy that each student is responsible for knowing and following the Safety Procedures. Please see the laboratories manager and/or your faculty advisor to get a copy of the Safety Procedures for the appropriate lab.
Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research & Commercialization ensures the UCF community complies with local, state and federal regulations that relate to research. For polices including required Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when conducting research involving human subjects (e.g. surveys), animal research, conflict of interest and general responsible conduct of research, please see the website: www.research.ucf.edu > Compliance.
For more information on research institutes and laboratories visit the Research webpage on the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering website .
Financial support is a major concern for
graduate students, especially since many rely on financial support from the
university to pursue graduate study. In combination, the college, the
university, and the department provide financial assistance to graduate
students in several ways: (1) fellowships and scholarships are available to
academically outstanding students, (2) Graduate Teaching Assistantships – GTAs
(for grading or for lab teaching) are available in limited numbers, (3)
Graduate Research Assistantships – GRAs (for helping faculty with research)
are more widely available depending on the funding levels of the faculty.
Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (including a GPA of 3.0
and a full course load), and do acceptable research or grading or teaching
work to maintain their financial support.
All students are expected
to maintain a 3.0 GPA in their Plan of Study. They must not make any more than
two ‘C’ grades, and those must be balanced with two ‘A’ grades. Students on
contract are expected to work 10 to 20 hours per week on their assigned tasks
(whether it be grading, lab teaching, or research), while they are maintaining
satisfactory progress in completing their academic courses. All GTAs
(especially international students) that have any contact with undergraduate
students must take all training required by Graduate Studies. International
students must take the SPEAK test. See the following website for GTA
Students must meet their obligations (making satisfactory
progress toward their degree, maintaining a 3.0 in their POS, doing
satisfactory work for their research advisor) to continue to receive their
financial support. Students must maintain satisfactory work as defined by
their supervisor. Also, being on an assistantship agreement requires that the
students register for the proper number of hours of classes in time to process
The duration of financial support may vary
from one semester at a time to up to a 4-year renewable fellowship.
For information about the types of employment available to international
students, and the requirements and restrictions based on visa type, see the
International Services Center’s website: www.intl.ucf.edu Students > Employment.
Conference Presentation Support
The College of
Graduate Studies offers a Graduate Presentation Fellowship that provides funding for
master's, specialist, and doctoral students to deliver a research paper or
comparable creative activity at a professional meeting. Students must be the
primary author and presenter.
The Student Government Association offers graduate students travel funding to
pay transportation expenses for graduate students who are delivering a research
paper or comparable creative activity at a professional meeting. Contact the
Student Government Association at 407-823-5648 for more information.
Graduate Student Associations
is the National Civil Engineering Honor Society in the United States. We honor
engineering students who have exemplified the principles of "Scholarship,
Character, Practicality, and Sociability" in the civil engineering profession.
For more information visit the Chi Epsilon website or
contact Kevin Mackie, PhD, UCF chapter representative at Kevin.Mackie@ucf.edu.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a
worldwide community showcasing 123,000 members from the civil engineering
profession. Founded in 1852, ASCE will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in
2002. The society is recognized as America's oldest national engineering
society. ASCE's objectives, at the professional and student level, include
supporting educational pursuits, advancing technology, endorsing the civil
engineering profession, and developing global leadership. At the university
level, ASCE sponsors over 200 student chapters that strive to excel in
accomplishing these goals. For more information visit the UCF ASCE Chapter website.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national
association with 75 chapters representing 23,000 merit shop construction and
construction-related firms with nearly two million employees. ABC's membership
represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is
comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial
sectors of the industry. For more information visit the ABC website.
The UCF student
chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) provides a
forum for UCF student members interested in the highway industry that supports
education, innovation, and fellowship; promoting a safe and efficient highway
system for mobility now and in the future. For more information visit the ASHE UCF Chapter
The Institute of
Transportation Engineers (ITE) is an international educational and
scientific association of transportation professionals who are responsible for
meeting mobility and safety needs. ITE facilitates the application of
technology and scientific principles to research, planning, functional design,
implementation, operation, policy development and management for any mode of
ground transportation. Through its products and services, ITE promotes
professional development of its members, supports and encourages education,
stimulates research, develops public awareness programs and serves as a
conduit for the exchange of professional information. For more information
visit the ITE
The Graduate Student Association
(GSA) is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students'
personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get
involved, please visit www.gsa.ucf.edu. For individual department or
graduate program organizations, please see program advisor.
In this section, we identify university resources
available to students for professional development. A graduate student’s
professional development goes beyond completing course work, passing exams,
conducting research for a dissertation, and meeting degree requirements.
Professional development also involves developing the academic and non-academic
skills needed to become successful in the field of choice.
has an active professional development program for graduate students, including
the Professoriate Program, sponsored by Faculty Center for Teaching and
Learning, the GTA Certificate Program, sponsored by FCTL, the Pathways to
Success program, the Graduate Research forum, sponsored by the College of
Graduate Studies, and special award recognitions such as the Award for
Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant, the Award for Excellence in
Graduate Student Teaching, the Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis, and
the Award for the Outstanding Dissertation (see section below for more
- Doctoral students intending to pursue a career in
academia have the opportunity to develop grant-proposal writing skills by
working closely with faculty mentors.
- Students are expected to
publish the results of their research. In fact, the CECE department strongly
encourages students to write their thesis or dissertation in the journal
- Graduate students in CECE are encouraged to present a
poster or a topic of research at conferences while still a student, and often
their faculty mentor will be able to fund one or more such opportunities.
Also, see the Financial Support section of this handbook for information about
Pathways to Success Workshops
Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success
program offers free development opportunities for graduate students including
workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching,
Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more
information and how to register, please visit www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/.
Graduate Research Forum
The Research Forum will
feature poster displays representing UCF’s diverse colleges and disciplines.
The Research Forum is an opportunity for students to
showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback
from faculty judges. Awards for best poster presentation in each category will
be given and all participants will receive recognition.
The College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association
invite all UCF students, community, and employers to attend the Graduate
Research Forum. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Instructor Training and Development
The Faculty Center for
Teaching and Learning (FCTL) promotes excellence in all levels of teaching at
the University of Central Florida. To that end, they offer several programs for
the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.
GTA Training (mandatory for appointment as a
This training provides information and resources for students who
will be instructors in a two-day workshop. The seminars cover a variety of
topics, including course development, learning theories, lecturing, and
academic freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an
optional training session that normally follows the mandatory training.
- Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program
program (12 weeks for domestic students, 16 weeks for international students)
consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and
experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided, and a
stipend is offered to current UCF students who complete the certificate.
International students are provided the same training as well as information
regarding language immersion and tricks and cultural awareness as a way of
knowing what to expect from American students.
information www.fctl.ucf.edu > Events > GTA
Programs or call 407-823-3544.
Graduate Excellence Awards
Each year, the College of Graduate Studies offers graduate students
who strive for academic and professional excellence the opportunity to be
recognized for their work. The award categories include the
For the nomination process and
eligibility criteria, see www.graduate.ucf.edu/GradAwards .
For more information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS)
thesis and dissertation awards, please see their website: www.csgs.org > Awards.
UCF’s Career Services department
offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate
students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals,
preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit
their website at www.career.ucf.edu.
For specific services or resources provided by the
academic program, please contact the graduate program director or academic
advisor for individualized support for your job search.
- College of Graduate Studies Forms n Files
This web link provides a listing of forms and files for
the College of Graduate Studies.
- Graduate Petition Form
When unusual situations arise, petitions for exceptions
to policy may be requested by the student.Depending on the type of
appeal, the student should contact his/her program adviser to begin the
- Traveling Scholar Form
If a student would like to take advantage
of special resources available on another campus but not available on the home
campus; for example, special course offerings, research opportunities, unique
laboratories and library collections, this form must be completed