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Optics & Photonics MS & PhD: Application

This page lists the steps that need to be followed in order to apply for the Optics M.S. or the Ph.D. Optics program and for College of Optics and Photonics Graduate Fellowships.

All applicants must complete the Graduate School's Online Application. There is also a College of Optics & Photonics Pre-Application which is required for all fellowship applicants, and recommended for all applicants to the College.

  1. If you wish to apply to the Optics PhD program and for a fellowship:

    Step 1: Complete the College of Optics & Photonics Pre-Application (You can wait for our comments on your pre-application before proceeding to step 2).

    Step 2: Complete the Graduate School's Online Application. Upload supporting documents to the online application as detailed in Admission Requirements. Do not upload unofficial transcripts to the online application.

    Step 3: Mail official transcripts to Graduate Admissions. Refer to the graduate studies website for specific country requirements.

    Mailing Addresses for Official Transcripts:
    (please do not attach unofficial transcripts to the online application)
    UCF College of Graduate Studies
    P.O. Box 160112
    Orlando, FL 32816-0112
    If sending via FEDEX/UPS please send to:
    UCF College of Graduate Studies
    4365 Andromeda Loop N.
    Millican Hall Room 230
    Orlando FL 32816-0112

  2. If you wish to apply to the Optics PhD or MS programs and do not need a fellowship

    Step 1: Complete the Graduate School's Online Application. Upload supporting documents to the online application as detailed in Admission Requirements. Do not upload unofficial transcripts to the online application.

    Step 2: Mail official transcripts to Graduate Admissions. Refer to the graduate studies website for specific country requirements (address above).

    Step 3: So that we are aware of your application at an early stage, we request that you also complete the College of Optics & Photonics Pre-Application. This is optional for US citizens, but required for international applicants.

  3. If you wish to apply to another UCF PhD program and for a College of Optics and Photonics Fellowship:

    Step 1: Complete the College of Optics & Photonics Pre-Application (You should wait for our comments on your pre-application before proceeding to step 2).

    Step 2: Complete the Graduate School's Online Application for the appropriate PhD program.

A note about online application forms: The Graduate School's online system and the College of Optics & Photonics online system are completely independent. This means that you will need to enter much of the same information on both systems.

Application Deadlines:
The University Application Deadlines for both domestic and international students for the Masters and Ph.D. programs are published in the Graduate Catalog. If applying for a college fellowship, the College of Optics and Photonics deadline is January 15. The application and all supporting documentation must be received by this date to be considered for a Fellowship.
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