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Plan of Study

A Plan of Study is a listing of course work agreed to by the student and the degree program specifying course degree requirements. A specific Plan of Study, which may vary from student to student, must be formulated jointly by the student and the appropriate committee or adviser in the program area and approved by the college. A Plan of Study form can be obtained from the graduate program director. This form should be prepared and signed by the adviser and student, then given to the graduate program director for review and filing in the student's permanent file. The Plan of Study must comply with the student's relevant catalog.

Plans of Study for students seeking a master’s or specialist degree should be on file with the College of Graduate Studies by the end of your second major term (based on full-time enrollment) and must be on file by the end of the term prior to the term of expected graduation. Master’s students who do not have a Plan of Study will not be allowed to graduate unless the Plan of Study and all transfer work are received the previous semester. For the master's program, the SACs (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) minimum requirement and university requirement for course work is at least 30 hours of graduate course work. For those admitted for Summer 2009 and subsequently, master’s programs require 24 semester hours of core and elective courses that may include up to 6 hours of independent study, exclusive of thesis and research. At least 21 hours must be taken at UCF.

Plans of Study for students seeking a doctoral degree should be on file with the College of Graduate Studies by the end of the third major term of enrollment (based on full-time enrollment) and must be on file prior to the change to candidacy status. For doctoral students, the Plan of Study (for a 72-hour program) consists of:

  • 27 hours of formal course work, that excludes independent study and research hours
  • 15 hours of dissertation (XXX 7980)
  • 30 remaining hours that are up to the discretion of the program and the adviser and student and may include independent study, research hours, clinical experiences, or other formal course work



  • Student Services and Graduation, College of Graduate Studies

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The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.

Please note the commission's expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university's SACSCOC liaison in UCF's Office of Academic Affairs.

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