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Minimum Admission Requirements

UF Graduate School Requirements
  • GPA: B for all upper-level courses
  • GRE: Scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. Applicant scores are expected to be at least 140 in the Verbal.
  • TOEFL: 80. Please note that Indian students are now REQUIRED to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Review the list of countries that are exempt from TOEFL. UF’s school code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5812.
  • You may substitute for TOEFL with:
    1. IELTS with a minimum overall score of 6 or
    2. MELAB with a minimum score of 77.
CISE Department Requirements

The majority of our accepted students have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

  • GRE: Scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. Applicant scores are expected to be at least 153 in the Verbal, 155 in the Quantitative, and 3.0 in the Analytical sections for the MS program. GRE is not required for Ph.D. applicants.
  • TOEFL: 213 on computer-based; 90 on Internet-based. Please note that Indian students are now REQUIRED to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Review the list of countries that are exempt from TOEFL. UF’s school code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5812.
  • You may substitute for TOEFL with IELTS with a minimum overall score of 7.5 is required, with minimum section scores as follows: Reading 6.5, Listening 6.5, Speaking 6.5, Writing 5.5.
  • TOEFL iBT ≥ 90 (each section must score 19 or higher).
  • Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses or equivalent:
    • Calculus (MAC 2311 & MAC 2312)
    • Statistics (STA 2023 or STA 3032)
    • Introduction to CIS (COP 3504 or COP 3502 & COP 3503)
    • Applied Discrete Structures (COT 3100)
    • Introduction to Computer Organization (CDA 3101)
    • Data Structures and Algorithms (COP 3530)
    • Operating Systems (COP 4600)
GRE Subject Test and Test of Spoken English (TSE)

With regard to the Advanced GRE Subject Test, although we do not require that this test be taken, it will be taken into account when evaluating your application file. In order to be an unrestricted Teaching Assistant at UF, a TSE score of 55 or above is required of international students. Although a TSE score is not required in our evaluation for admission, it is considered when making selections for Teaching Assistantships.

Application Deadlines

All Ph.D. applicantsDecember 5
M.S. PriorityJanuary 5
M.S. DeadlineFebruary 1
M.S. International applicantsFebruary 1
M.S. Domestic applicantsMay 31
M.S. International applicantsAugust 1
M.S. Domestic applicantsSeptember 30

Ph.D. applicants must apply to the Fall semesters. We do not accept new Ph.D. students in the Spring semesters.



We are unable to evaluate your chances for admission, assistantships, and/or fellowships in our graduate program prior to receiving your completed application. Our admissions decisions are made by a committee that receives hundreds of complete applications each semester. Therefore, it is departmental policy not to give “pre-evaluations.”

Submit Documents

Please read the following instructions carefully before applying. Failure to do so could delay or negatively impact your evaluation.

  1. CISE applicants are required to submit their statement of purpose and three letters of recommendations through the online application. DO NOT mail these documents to the department; the department will not accept any paper or hard copies.
  2. Report your official GRE and TOEFL scores (if applicable) electronically through ETS using school code 5812. A department code is not necessary.
    1. For a list of those exempt from submitting TOEFL scores, please see the English Language Testing Exemptions.
    2. If your name on your ETS scorecard does not EXACTLY match your name on your UF application, your scores may not be posted. Please contact the department if there are any discrepancies between the names.
  3. Mail your official transcripts and degree certificates (international students) to the address below:
    Graduate Admissions Office
    University of Florida
    201 Criser Hall
    PO Box 114000
    Gainesville, FL 32611-4000


Application Status Inquiries

To check on any material you sent to the Admissions Office, follow the directions below:

  1. At the Office of Admissions website, look at the menu on the left side. Click on the flag “Check your status at UF,” then click on “Continue.”
  2. In the blue box, follow the directions: “To continue, you must log on to Student Self Service, the university’s secure student information system. Student Self Service logon requires your GatorLink username and password. You cannot use your temporary username and password, social security number or UFID as your GatorLink username. If you do not have a GatorLink username, please create your GatorLink account now. Then return to this page and log on.”
    1. Click on the blue words in the blue box “GatorLink account.”
    2. You will get a new window that says GatorLink Home Page. Here you can create a GatorLink account.
    3. Click the Create a New Account.
    4. This will open another page and will allow you to create a new account. You cannot use your temporary username that you used for your application. You need to create a new username and password. Also, you need your UFID. When you submitted your application online, you were given an 8-digit UFID. If you do not know your UFID and submitted your online application, please visit the admissions application status page.

Financial Aid Opportunities


The department offers a number of Graduate School Fellowship Awards each year to new Ph.D. students. This 5-year fellowship offers an approximately $30,000 annual stipend, plus tuition waiver and other benefits.

Research and Teaching Assistantships

The department offers a number of Research and Teaching Assistantships each year for new Ph.D. students. The Teaching Assistantships offers students an approximate stipend of $29,000 per year, plus tuition waiver and other benefits. The Research Assistantships are at the discretion of the faculty.

Harris Supplemental Scholarships

The Harris Company donates a scholarship fund for the CISE department to offer new Ph.D. students a one-time scholarship to supplement fellowships/assistantships.

Academic Achievement Award

Effective for students who have entered the MS degree program beginning Fall 2014. The Achievement Award is offered to new Computer Science and Computer Engineering majors entering an MS program through either the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Qualified out-of-state and international students are eligible for this award, which will pay $1,500 per semester for three semesters. The three semesters must be used within the first two years of enrollment. The disbursement of the award is handled through the Bursar’s Office. The Bursar’s Office is notified to place the $1,500 on the student’s account once a student’s registration has been reviewed and eligibility is verified. This will occur prior to the deadline for fee payments each semester. This award will pay a portion of the tuition costs when the student is registered appropriately at UF (must be registered for at least 9 credits each semester). There is no separate application for the Achievement Award.

The Achievement Award is renewed on a semester-by-semester basis. Students must maintain satisfactory academic performance (both earning a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and registration of 9 credits or more) to continue receiving the award.


***Please Note***

Interested students should contact Kristina Sapp for any
CISE Graduate Admission information.

Contacting any other person could delay response a week or more.