FAQ for Master’s Programs

What are the requirements for admission?
Admissions decisions are made by the Graduate Committee based on a number of factors including past academic performance, GRE scores (Quantitative, Analytical, and Verbal sections), letters of recommendation, the student’s statement of purpose, and the TOEFL score (if required). Please do not request a preliminary assessment of your qualifications for admission, since we cannot provide such pre-qualification. Click here for more information.

How do I obtain application materials?
Please see http://www.ise.ufl.edu/prospective-students/masters-programs/how-to-apply/.

How long does the admissions process take?
The admissions process can take several months depending on various factors. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all appropriate materials are forwarded to the graduate school and the department. The earlier the graduate school and department receive all application materials, the quicker the process will proceed. International students should apply at least nine months prior to the Fall semester for Fall admission and at least six months prior to Spring semester for Spring admission. Domestic students should apply at least six months prior to Fall semester and four months prior to Spring semester. We do not admit students beginning their graduate program in Summer semesters.

What is the availability of financial aid?
The department does not offer assistantships to incoming Masters students. The only financial relief available from UF-ISE for incoming Master’s students is awarded at the time of admission acceptance, the UF-ISE Graduate Student Selection Committee may select some applicants to receive an Achievement Award for New Engineering Graduate Students, which is basically a partial tuition waiver for up to 36 semester credit hours, but it is not a scholarship in the sense of the term. The award is granted by the Committee and based on academic record of achievement in an undergraduate degree program as well as other accomplishments. Recipients are determined by Committee at the time of application processing and review. As the review process is confidential, there are no other criteria provided as these decisions are made on a case-by-case basis at the time of review by the Graduate Student Selection Committee. Click here for more information on the Achievement Award.

A limited number of MS students are able to obtain assistantships after they arrive on campus, but there is no guarantee of this and it is up to the individual student to pursue assistantship opportunities upon arrival. Approximately 5-10 percent of Master’s degree students are able to obtain assistantships after arriving. Prospective Master’s level students are expected to have the resources to finance their graduate education. Email requests for assistantships made directly to faculty members are not encouraged and typically are unsuccessful.

How do I check my admission status?
You should check the status of your application with the graduate school.  Please allow at least two weeks after the online application deadline.  If after that time you still cannot see the status of your application, you can contact the ISE Academic Advising representative at isegradapps@ise.ufl.edu.  Please allow sufficient time for a response due to the volume of inquiries and applications we receive.