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Last Updated 2012-06-18

Computer Engineering MSCpE



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.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:

Introduction

The Computer Engineering MSCpE degree offers programs in a number of technical (research) areas, such as Computer Networks and Computer Security (CNCS), Computer Systems and VLSI Design (CS/VLSI), Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning (ISML), and Software Systems and Algorithms (SSA). All programs offer a thesis option and a nonthesis option, as well as an Accelerated BS to MS program. Students in the program receive a broad background in the various technical areas, while specializing in a research area of their interest.

The specific research areas that each one of the EECS faculty focuses on can be found at the Department of EECS website (www.eecs.ucf.edu).

Please visit the MSCpE Program for detailed description of program requirements. A current list of CpE courses can be found at Graduate CpE Courses. Typically, students can begin registering for Summer, Fall, and Spring of the following year in mid-late March. See UCF Registration Practices to get an idea of how to do this. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in all coursework taken since admission into the program.

Master's students may choose one of two options – the thesis option or the nonthesis option. Both are 30-semester-hour programs. The latter requires slightly more coursework and, of course, does not require that a thesis be written. MS nonthesis option students must, in their last term, submit to the EECS Graduate Committee a portfolio detailing all major activities in which they have participated as a result of their tenure in the program. This should include a SASS audit, resume, details of term papers, and projects that they have completed as part of their coursework.

MSCpE Degree

  1. At least 30 semester hours of credit at the 5000-6000 level. At least half of these must be at the 6000 level, and under no circumstances can they contain Doctoral Research credit or undergraduate credit. Up to 6 credit hours of approved independent study may be counted toward degree requirements.

  2. Undergraduate articulation courses may be required for students with bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees in fields other than Computer Engineering. The articulation courses will be determined by recommendations from the CpE faculty to the graduate program director on a case-by-case basis.

  3. Students must have an adviser appointed and an official plan of study submitted before completing 9 credit hours of course work. This requirement for a completed plan of study is strictly enforced.

  4. Most of the courses should be taken from one of the technical areas of concentration listed in the Graduate Catalog. The CpE areas of concentration are: Computer Networks and Computer Security (CNCS), Computer Systems and VLSI Design (CS/VLSI), Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning (ISML), and Software Systems and Algorithms (SSA).

  5. The thesis option requires 24 credit hours of formal course work, exclusive of thesis and research, plus 6 credit hours of thesis research (EEL 6971).

  6. The nonthesis option requires 30 credit hours of course work with 24 credit hours of formal course work, exclusive of thesis and research, with a possibility of 6 credit hours of research-related courses (e.g., XXX 6918) if so desired by the student. Students must submit a portfolio during their final semester.

In addition to course work (nonthesis and thesis students) and thesis work (thesis students), all students could also be engaged in reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in a student’s particular specialization within the profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices in that specialization area. This can be accomplished through Directed Research and Independent Study courses. 

Curriculum

The master’s program offers both thesis and nonthesis options in four technical specialization areas. The thesis option requires 30 credit hours of courses that includes 24 credit hours of formal coursework, exclusive of thesis and research, plus 6 credit hours of thesis. The nonthesis option requires 30 credit hours of coursework with at least 24 credit hours of formal coursework and a possibility of 6 credit hours of Independent Study (XXX 6908) based on the availability of interested faculty.


The master’s program offers both thesis and nonthesis options in four technical specialization areas. The thesis option requires 30 credit hours of courses that includes 24 credit hours of formal coursework, exclusive of thesis and research, plus 6 credit hours of thesis. The nonthesis option requires 30 credit hours of coursework with at least 24 credit hours of formal coursework and a possibility of 6 credit hours of Independent Study (XXX 6908) based on the availability of interested faculty. 

Articulation Courses

Undergraduate articulation courses are required for students with bachelor's degrees in fields other than Computer Engineering. In general, all students must have completed the following undergraduate courses (or their equivalents in an accredited BSCpE program) before admission to our graduate program. Students who have take these courses must complete the articulation courses listed  below, plus all prerequisites, that they require. Grades of "B" or higher must be obtained in each articulation course. Articulation courses are not eligible for inclusion on a student's Graduate Program of Study.

  • EEE 3342C: Digital Systems
  • EEL 3801: Computer Organization
  • COP 3502: Computer Science I
  • COP 3503: Computer Science II

Plus choose ONE of the following:

  • COP 4331: Processes for Object-Oriented Development
  • EEL 4768C: Computer  Architecture
  • EEL 4781: Computer Communications Networks

Elective Courses—24 Credit Hours

There are no required courses within a specialization area. However, all students (thesis and nonthesis) must choose at least 24 credit hours of formal courses, excluding research-related courses and independent study (XXX 6908), which emphasize their specialization area. Courses from outside specialization areas could also be chosen if the student's adviser approves such a Program of Study.

The Program of Study (POS) form must be approved by an adviser in the selected specialization area no later than the end of the second semester after admission. The program of study must meet all the university requirements specified in the graduate catalog and must also receive departmental-level and college-level approval. 

Specialization Areas

The Computer Engineering Program supports a number of specialization areas. These specialization areas are (in alphabetical order): Computer Networks and Computer Security (CNCS), Computer Systems and VLSI Design (CS/VLSI), Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning (ISML), and Software Systems and Algorithms (SSA).

In each one of these areas there is a suggested list of courses Students are also allowed to take courses from the suggested list of courses in areas other than their specialization area, but the majority of their courses should be chosen from courses in their specialization area.

Computer Networks and Computer Security (CNCS)
  • CDA 5106 Advanced Computer Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • CDA 5110 Parallel Processing  (3 credit hours)
  • CDA 6530 Performance Models of Computers and Networks (3 credit hours)
  • CGS 5131 Computer Forensics I: Seizure and Examination of Computer Systems (3 credit hours)
  • CNT 5008 Computer Communication Network Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • CNT 6418 Computer Forensics II: Network Security, Intrusion Detection, and Forensics Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CNT 6519 Wireless Security and Forensics (3 credit hours)
  • CNT 6707 Advanced Computer Networks (3 credit hours)
  • COP 5537 Network Optimization (3 credit hours)
  • COP 5611 Operating Systems (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6133 Advanced Topics in Computer Security and Forensics (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6135 Malware and Software Vulnerability Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • COT 5405 Theory and Analysis of Algorithms (3 credit hours) 
  • EEE 5542 Random Processes I (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5780 Wireless Networks (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5881 Software Engineering I (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6762 Performance Analysis of Computer and Communication Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6785 Computer Network Design (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6788 Advanced Topics in Wireless Networks (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6883 Software Engineering II (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6897 Software Development for Real-Time Engineering Systems (3 credit hours)
Computer Systems and Very Large Scale Integration (CS/VLSI)
  • CDA 5106 Advanced Computer Architecture I (3 credit hours)
  • CDA 5110 Parallel Architecture and Algorithms (3 credit hours)
  • CDA 6107 Parallel Computer Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • CDA 6938 Multi-Core Architecture and Programming (3 credit hours)
  • COP 5537 Network Optimization (3 credit hours)
  • COT 6415 Complexity of Parallel Computation (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5390C Full Custom-VLSI Design (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5704 Computer Aided Logical Design (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5722C Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Design (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6762 Performance Analysis of Computer and Communication Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 6327 Design of Video Coding Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ECM 6308 Current Topics in Parallel Processing (3 credit hours)
Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning (ISML)
  • CAP 5055 AI for Game Programming (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 5512 Evolutionary Computation (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 5610 Machine Learning (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 5636 Advanced Artificial Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6545 Machine Learning Methods for Bioinformatics (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6616 Neuro-Evolution and Generative Developmental Systems (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6640 Computer Understanding of Natural Language (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6671 Intelligent Systems: Robots, Agents and Humans (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6675 Complex Adaptive Systems (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6676 Knowledge Representation (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5825 Pattern Recognition  (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5874 Expert Systems and Knowledge Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6769 Parallel Knowledge Processing Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6812 Introduction to Neural Networks (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6875 Autonomous Agents (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6876 Current Topics in Artificial Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6878 Modeling and Artificial Intelligence (3 credit hours)
Software Systems and Algorithms (SSA) 
  • CAP 6515 Algorithms in Computational Biology (3 credit hours)
  • CGS 5131 Computer Forensics I (3 credit hours)
  • CGS 5131 Computer Forensics I: Seizure and Examination of Computer Systems (3 credit hours)
  • CNT 6418 Computer Forensics II: Network Security, Intrusion Detection, and Forensics Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 5510 Bioinformatics (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6133 Advanced Topics in Computer Security and Computer Forensics (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6545 Machine Learning Methods for Bioinformatics (3 credit hours)
  • CEN 5016 Software Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CEN 6075 Formal Specification of Software Systems (3 credit hours)
  • COP 5021 Program Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • COP 5711 Parallel and Distributed Database Systems (3 credit hours)
  • COP 6730 Transaction Processing (3 credit hours)
  • COP 6731 Advanced Database Systems (3 credit hours)
  • COT 5405 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (3 credit hours) 
  • COT 6410 Computational Complexity (3 credits)
  • COT 6417 Algorithms on Strings and Sequences (3 credit hours)
  • COT 6600 Quantum Computing (3 credit hours)
  • COT 6602 Introduction to Quantum Information Theory (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5881 Software Engineering I (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6883 Software Engineering II (3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

  • EEL 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

The thesis option requires 24 credit hours of formal coursework in one of the specialization areas and the completion of 6 credit hours of thesis. Additional requirements are as follows:

  • Courses must be chosen from the suggested list of courses for the student’s chosen specialization area
  • No more than 6 credits of thesis (XXX 6971) will be counted toward the degree requirement
  • Fifteen credit hours (including EEL 6971 Thesis) must be 6000-level courses
  • Thesis students who are full time must continue to enroll in three credit hours of thesis coursework each semester until the thesis requirement is satisfied, even if they take more than the required 6 credit hours of thesis. However, only 6 credit hours of thesis will count toward the degree requirement.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements are approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the university-wide Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date.

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

The nonthesis option is especially suitable for part-time students. Nonthesis students must complete 6 credit hours of electives in addition to the 24 credit hours of formal coursework described above. If desired by the student and approved by the student's adviser a total of 6 credit hours can be Independent Study (XXX 6908). 

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

Portfolio Requirement

Students are required to complete a culminating experience. The culminating experience for nonthesis MS students is submission of their portfolio of activities by the course Withdrawal Date of the semester prior to their intended graduation. The portfolio requirements are listed on the EECS website at www.eecs.ucf.edu.

Transfer Credits

Graduate students with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from UCF may transfer up to 9 credit hours of 5000-level or higher coursework, with grades of "B" or higher, toward the MSCpE degree. Alternatively, a maximum of 9 credit hours may be transferred of graduate work conducted elsewhere from an accredited institution.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Computer Engineering MSCpE program pay a $28 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $14 per semester.


Track Curriculum: Accelerated BS to MSCpE



Up to 12 credit hours of approved 5000- and 6000-level courses of grades "B" (3.0) or better may be counted toward the BS and MS degrees.

Undergraduate Requirements

Application must be made no earlier than the semester after completing 60 credit hours toward the bachelor's degree yet before completing 90 credit hours toward the bachelor's degree. A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required prior to admission.

Graduate Requirements

A complete application to the master's degree program must be received before admission deadlines of the semester in which the master's enrollment will commence. Students must satisfy all requirements for master's admission in order to continue in the program once the bachelor's degree is awarded. At the time of application for master's admission, students must specify BSMS-Accelerated as the master's degree track on their  graduate admission application for the MSCpE program.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Computer Engineering MSCpE program pay a $23 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $11 per semester. 


Timeline for Completion

Students must follow a prescribed, yet flexible path, achieving milestones along the way. Although there is no guarantee that each student will be able to complete all the requirements, if a student is hard working and diligent, and is a full-time graduate student, he or she should be able to complete a master’s program within 1 to 2 years. For nonthesis master’s students who are working full-time and going to school part-time, it may take 4 to 6 years to earn the degree.

Advising/Mentoring

Advising and mentoring are two very important elements in a graduate student’s career. Upon acceptance into the CpE program, graduate students are assigned an academic adviser. This person advises the student on course selections during the early stages of the student’s graduate career. For thesis-option MS students, the academic adviser needs to be rapidly replaced by a research adviser who serves as course adviser and research mentor. The research adviser may or may not be the person initially assigned as academic adviser, depending primarily on the research path the student chooses.

The student/research adviser relationship is not irrevocable for either the student or the faculty member. The most common reason for change is incompatibility of research agendas between the adviser and the student. For this reason, students should not only talk to potential advisers, but also to students already in the adviser’s research group to learn first-hand the dynamics of the group and the expectations of students in the group. While changes are natural and acceptable, we highly discourage students to jump from one adviser to another, especially when there is financial support involved. Moreover, when a student starts a research project with an adviser, that student has a professional obligation to complete the agreed-upon research tasks to the best of his or her capabilities, leaving everything in a state that makes it easy for another student to continue the work. Additionally, the student has a moral obligation to not use the unpublished research results of one adviser’s group when moving to another group, unless that is agreed upon by the first adviser. Of course, this does not preclude use of published results or of general knowledge gained in the research area and its accepted practices, results and tools.

Roles and Responsibilities

Faculty Adviser
  • The adviser helps the student select which courses to take.

  • The adviser (in consultation with the student) develops the student’s plan of study.

  • The adviser directs the student’s research.

  • For MS thesis option, the adviser reviews and approves the student’s thesis.

  • The adviser often provides financial support for the student (based on a research grant).

Student
  • The student takes coursework as required, maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • The student maintains a full course load and works diligently to complete all requirements in a timely manner.

  • The student (in consultation with the faculty adviser) develops a plan of study prior to completing the first 9 hours of coursework.

  • The student identifies (in consultation with the faculty adviser) a suitable research topic.

  • The student works in the lab or field or other venue as needed to complete his or her research.

  • The student is responsible for knowing and meeting all university deadlines, rules, and regulations – see the section titled Student Responsibilities in the Graduate Catalog.

  • If a student wants to change faculty advisers, the student should discuss the situation with his or her current faculty adviser first, and then request the change through the graduate coordinator. The change must be approved by the current faculty adviser, the new faculty adviser, and the graduate coordinator.

Plan of Study (POS)

The Plan of Study (POS) is an agreement between the student and the program listing requirements for completing the degree. All CpE graduate students must have an approved Plan of Study (POS) developed by the student and his/her adviser that lists the specific courses to be taken as part of the degree. The student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in his or her POS, as well as in all coursework taken since entering the program.

No coursework can appear on a POS that is more than 7 years old at the time of graduation.

The POS must be filed prior to the completion of 9 credit hours after admission to the program. This is mandatory. The College of Graduate Studies automatically places a "hold" on future registration for noncompliance. The POS can, and usually will, be revised later to reflect changes in the courses actually taken, but it is crucial that a POS be on file, signed by the student and the faculty adviser, and approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator. Any variation from the current POS must be approved by research adviser and Graduate Program Coordinator and then immediately reflected in an updated POS.

The POS for students is flexible and unique to each student. However, it must meet university, college, and department rules for minimum number of hours, etc. (see Program Requirements, above).

Transfer of Credit

Master's students, with the approval of their adviser and the graduate coordinator, can transfer up to 9 credit hours, of B grade (3.0) or better, in graduate coursework (no Independent Study/Thesis credit) from another program at UCF or from an regionally accredited institution. This must appear on the initial POS submitted by the student within their first 9 credit hours in the CpE graduate program.

In no case can courses with a grade below a B (3.0) be transferred, nor can undergraduate credit.

Course Schedule

A typical nonthesis MSCpE degree program (schedule varies based on concentration).

Year 1 

FallSpring
  • CAP 5610 Machine Learning
  • CAP 5636 Advanced Artificial Intelligence
  • EEL 5825 Pattern Recognition

  • CAP 5512 Evolutionary Computation
  • EEL 5874 Expert Systems and Knowledge Engineering
  • CAP 6637 Activity and Plan Recognition

Semester Total: 9 credit hoursSemester Total: 9 credit hours

 Year 2  

FallSpring
  • CAP 6616 Neuro-Evolution and Generative Development Systems
  • EEL 6938 Independent Study

  • EEL 6812 Introduction to Neural Networks
  • EEL 6823 Image Processing II

Semester Total: 6 credi thoursSemester Total: 6 credit hours


Thesis Requirements

The thesis is the culminating or comprehensive experience for those who conduct an original research study as part of a thesis-option program. An oral defense of the thesis is required. The approved thesis must be written and prepared in accordance with program, college, and university requirements. The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements are approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the university-wide Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date. A final electronic copy of the thesis must be submitted to the UCF College of Graduate Studies by the dates shown in the Academic Calendar.

University Thesis Requirements

A thesis is optional for this program; the following information is intended for those choosing to complete a thesis.

The College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation page contains information on the university’s requirements for thesis 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 thesis 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 thesis document by final submission deadline

Students must format their thesis 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 Thesis 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 thesis process to fully understand the above policies and procedures.

The College of Graduate Studies thesis and dissertation office is best reached by email at editor@ucf.edu.

Thesis Enrollment

Thesis students who are full time must continue to enroll in three credit hours of thesis course work each semester until the thesis requirement is satisfied, beyond the minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis, but only 6 hours total will count toward the degree requirement.

Thesis Advisory Committee Membership

A student writing a thesis must have a Thesis Advisory Committee consisting of at least three members who are approved members of the Graduate Faculty or Graduate Faculty Scholars (www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/gradfaculty). To learn more about committee membership eligibility and responsibilities, please contact your program advisor or visit the Graduate Catalog.

Portfolio

Nonthesis students are required to pass a culminating experience. The culminating experience requires that the nonthesis MS students submit a semester prior to their intended graduation a portfolio of activities to the designated CpE graduate coordinator. This portfolio contains the student’s resume and graded assignments of extended projects that the student has completed as part of their course work or independent studies that they have conducted throughout their tenure in the MSCpE program. The portfolio will be evaluated by an appropriate EECS committee and a “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory” grade will be granted. An appropriate plan to correct an “Unsatisfactory” grade will be provided to the student who receives such a grade.

For portfolio guidelines, please visit www.eecs.ucf.edu/eecs-files/majors/CpE/Portfolio-CpE-MS.pdf 

Graduate Research

UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. Students are responsible for being informed of rules, regulations and policies pertaining to research. Below are some general policies and resources.

Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research and 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 their website: www.research.ucf.edu > Compliance.

UCF’s Patent and Invention Policy: In most cases, UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate student as inventor will according to this policy share in the proceeds of the invention. Please see the current UCF Graduate Catalog for details: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu > Policies > General Graduate Policies.

Department Research

Most faculty members in the school are active in research. Research interests of the faculty include Control, Communications, Energy, Electronics, Solid State, Microelectronics, Electromagnetics, Electro-optics, Power Electronics, Computer Networks, Signal Processing and much more. Visit the “Our Research” and the “Industry” sections of the EECS website for additional information.

Financial Support

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 - Available to academically outstanding students.

  2. Graduate Teaching Assistantships – GTAs are available for grading, recitation instruction, or laboratory teaching.

  3. Graduate Research Assistantships – GRAs (for participating in sponsored faculty directed research) are available depending on the current funding levels of the faculty.

Graduate students may also receive financial assistance through loans. For more information, see UCF Financial Information, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The UCF Student Financial Assistance section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Funding Requirements 

  • All students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their Plan of Study, as well as over all courses taken since entering the program. They must not receive more than two grades below B (3.0), and those must be balanced to maintain the 3.0 overall. Students on assistantship agreements are expected to work 10 to 20 hours per week on their assigned tasks (whether it be grading, teaching, or research), while they are maintaining satisfactory progress in completing their academic courses. Note that satisfactory progress for a supported student is not the same as maintaining the minimum grades, or just barely performing at research. Financial support is a privilege not a right.

  • Students must meet their obligations and maintain satisfactory work as defined by their supervisor to continue to receive financial support. Also, students must register for the proper number of credit hours in a timely manner to allow the processing of tuition remission.

  • The duration of financial support may vary from one semester to another.

  • Mandatory training requirements must be met for a student to be hired in the position of Graduate Teaching Associate, Assistant or Grader. The training, offered by UCF’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, covers course design, learning theories, ethics, and other topics relevant to preparing GTAs for their responsibilities. See www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/Graduate_Teaching/ for training requirements and registration instructions. 

  • Students who are non-native speakers of English and do not have a degree from a U.S. institution must pass the SPEAK test before they will be permitted to teach as Graduate Teaching Associates (position code 9183) or Graduate Teaching Assistants (position code 9184). The SPEAK test is not required for students who will be appointed as a Graduate Teaching Grader (position code 9187). Additional information including how to register for the test can be accessed through the GTA Information section of the College of Graduate Studies student website.

  • International students are expected to be here as full-time students, and may not work off campus except under certain strict conditions. 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.

Graduate Student Associations

EECS Student Organizations

The oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society is the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), which offers student memberships for $19 per year. The local chapter is at UCF ACM Chapter. Female students in our school have formed Women in EECS/WIE and host many activities important to women in a scientific and technical area, including an active mentoring program. Membership is free.

Other EECS Student Organizations

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

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 adviser.

Professional Development

A graduate student’s professional development goes beyond completing course work, passing exams, conducting research for a thesis or dissertation, and meeting degree requirements. Professional development also involves developing the academic and nonacademic skills needed to become successful in the field of choice.

  • UCF has an active professional development program for graduate students, including the Professoriate Program, sponsored by Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), the GTA Certificate Program, sponsored by FCTL, the Graduate Student Association Seminar Series, 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 Innovative Thesis or Dissertation (see below for additional information).

  • The university has active student chapters of the Association of Computing Machinery and the IEEE. The cost for student membership in the national organizations is subsidized by professional memberships. This is a “bargain” that no student should pass up.

  • EECS sponsors regular colloquia talks by leading researchers in the discipline. All students are strongly encouraged to attend as many as feasible within the constraints of their courses and other academic obligations.

  • Various research groups hold their own seminars in which students present their research in front of other members of their research group.

  • Students are expected to publish the results of their research.

  • Graduate students in EECS are encouraged to present papers at conferences. Often their faculty mentor will be able to fund one or more such opportunities. The School of EECS, the College of Graduate Studies and the Student Government Association are other sources of such support. To review the College of Graduate Studies award requirements and apply online, see www.graduate.ucf.edu > Graduate Travel Awards.

  • Graduate students in EECS are also encouraged to participate in summer research internships when this is compatible with their research agendas – see your research adviser for more information and guidelines.

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. They offer several programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.

  • GTA Training (mandatory for employment as a GTA)
    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
    This certificate program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided. For more information: www.fctl.ucf.edu > Events > GTA Programs or call 407-823-3544.

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 researchweek@ucf.edu.

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 following:  

Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant – This award is for students who provide teaching support and assistance under the direction of a lead teacher. This award focuses on the extent and quality of the assistance provided by the student to the lead instructor and the students in the class. (Not intended for students who are instructor of record)

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching – This award is for students who serve as instructors of record and have independent classroom responsibilities. The focus of this award is on the quality of the student’s teaching and the academic contributions of those activities.

Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis – It recognizes graduate students for excellence in the master's thesis. The focus of this award is on the quality and contribution of the student's thesis research. Excellence of the master's thesis may be demonstrated by evidence such as, but not limited to: publications in refereed journals, awards and recognitions from professional organizations, and praise from faculty members and other colleagues in the field. The university award will be forwarded to a national-level competition sponsored by the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) when the thesis discipline corresponds to the annual submission request.

For the nomination process and eligibility criteria, see the College of Graduate Studies website.

Other

For information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) thesis and dissertation awards, see their website: www.csgs.org > Awards.

For grant-proposal writing resources: uwc.ucf.edu/gradwriting.php > Writing for Graduate School.

Job Search

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department maintains a website link designed to help students who have graduated from the Department of EECS to find jobs and help employers recruit students. Please visit the site to view current listings. If you have any questions, please contact industry@eecs.ucf.edu.

For additional employment resources, please see EECS Job Resource Center.

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 adviser.

Forms

  • College of Graduate Studies Forms
    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 petition process.
  • Traveling Scholar Form
    Required form of graduate students who would like to take advantage of resources available on another campus, but not available at UCF; for example, special course offerings, research opportunities, unique laboratories and library collections.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Any ideas, data, text, media or materials taken from another source (either written or verbal) must be fully acknowledged.a) A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.b) A student must give credit to the originality of others whenever:

  1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

When using the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, students must give credit to the original source at the location or place in the document where that source's material is found as well as provide bibliographic information at the end of the document. When students are verbally discussing the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, they must give credit to the original source at the time they speak about that source. In this manner, students must make clear (so there is no doubt) within their written or verbal materials, which parts are gained from other sources, and which are their own original ideas, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.The Office of Student Conduct has a set of criteria that determines if students are in violation of plagiarism. This set of criteria may be set to a higher standard in graduate programs. Therefore, a student may not be found in violation of plagiarism by the Office of Student Conduct, but a professor or program requiring higher standards of attribution and citation may find a student in violation of plagiarism and administer program level sanctions. The standard in doctoral programs should be the highest as students earning these degrees are expected to be experts in their fields and producing independent work that contributes knowledge to their discipline.

Example of Material that has been appropriately cited:

Paraphrased Material

Source: Osborne, Richard, ed. How to Grow Annuals. 2nd ed. Menlo Park: Lane, 1974. Print. Page 24: As a recent authority has pointed out, for a dependable long-blooming swatch of soft blue in your garden, ageratum is a fine choice. From early summer until frost, ageratum is continuously covered with clustered heads of fine, silky, fringed flowers in dusty shades of lavender-blue, lavender-pink or white. The popular dwarf varieties grow in mounds six to twelve inches high and twelve inches across; they make fine container plants. Larger types grow up to three feet tall. Ageratum makes an excellent edging.

Use and Adaptation of the Material:

You can depend on ageratum if you want some soft blue in your garden. It blooms through the summer and the flowers, soft, small, and fringed, come in various shades of lavender. The small varieties which grow in mounds are very popular, especially when planted in containers. There are also larger varieties. Ageratum is good as a border plant (Osborne 24).

Explanation:

The writer has done a good job of paraphrasing what could be considered common knowledge (available in a number of sources), but because the structure and progression of detail is someone else’s, the writer has acknowledged the source. This the writer can do at the end of the paragraph since he or she has not used the author’s words.

The above example was provided by Northwestern University.

Northwestern University, Sept. 2016. “Academic Integrity: A Basic Guide.” Accessed 20 September 2017.

For more information about Academic Honesty, Click here.

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