2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Oct 20, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog



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 occurs 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.

For the purposes of this catalog, “accredited institutions recognized by UCF” means those institutions accredited by one of the seven U.S. associations. The seven associations are:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NECHE)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

Graduate Admission Requirement

In order to enroll in graduate classes, students must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from an institution accredited by one of the above accrediting agencies or from a recognized foreign institution. Students without a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution (or equivalent) are not admitted to graduate degree programs, graduate certificate programs, or graduate nondegree status.

Recognized Institution

A “recognized institution” in a country outside of the United States is an institution that is recognized by that nation’s Ministry of Education or similar authority, as a post-secondary, academic-degree-granting institution.

Other Accreditations

In addition to the accreditation agencies recognized by UCF, there are a number of scientific, professional, and academic bodies conferring accreditation in specific disciplines. Several UCF graduate programs are accredited or are similarly recognized by one or more of the following agencies: 

  • Accreditation Committee of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Commission Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Florida Department of Education
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
  • Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)