2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Nanotechnology MS, Non-Thesis Track

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College: Graduate Studies Degree: MS
Department: NanoScience Technology Center Option: Non-Thesis
Program Websites: http://nano.ucf.edu

Program Description

The Master of Science in Nanotechnology Non-Thesis Track program provides students with knowledge and research training in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The program prepares students for seeking employment in industry and academia involved in nanotechnology research, product development, and commercialization, or to pursue advanced PhD degrees in related areas.


The Nanotechnology MS Non-Thesis Track program consists of 30 credit hours of graduate courses including 12 credit hours of required core courses in nanotechnology, 3 credit hours of independent study, 6 credit hours of required elective courses in physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, or biomedical-related science, and 9 credit hours of open elective courses in science, engineering, or business-related field.

From the core courses in nanotechnology and elective courses in related science/engineering areas, a student will gain basic and broader understanding of the most advanced techniques, development, and applications of nanoscale materials and devices. From the independent study training, the students will gain hands-on experiences to work on problems and product development involving nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Independent Study: 3 Credit Hours

  • IDS 6908 - Independent Study 3 Credit Hours

Students will receive basic training under the supervision of a NanoScience Technology Center faculty to conduct research, including ethical training, safety training, attending seminar presentations, conduction a literature survey, and using various instrumentation techniques for research.

Elective Courses: 6 Credit Hours

Elective courses may be chosen from the following recommended course list. Core courses taken beyond the 4-core course requirement may be used to satisfy the elective course requirement. Other courses may be taken as elective courses upon the approval of your graduate program director.

Open Elective Courses: 9 Credit Hours

As part of completing programmatic requirements, student must also select an additional 9 credit hours of open elective courses in the general field of science, engineering, or business. These courses must be at the graduate level and be approved by the Program Director before registration. To be noted, one of these open electives could also be another 3 credit hours of Independent Study to continue research training under the supervision of a faculty.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions   section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Goal Statement
    • The goal statement should discuss all relevant professional background and any previous research and/or teaching experience. The statement should explain the motivation behind the pursuit of a master’s degree in Nanotechnology. Future career goals after the completion of the applicant’s master study should be discussed.
    • The goal statement should between 500 and 1,000 words. 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

The acceptance decision will be based on the assessment of the applicant’s GPA from previous college/university, past work experience, recommendation letters and the statement of interest and objectives. Additionally, the committee will evaluate other academic indicators such as having completed a senior thesis, authorship on publications, internship, involvement in scientific research projects, and/or presentations at major scientific meetings and non-academic indicators such as evidence of leadership, extracurricular activities, work or military experience, and/or volunteer activities. For applicants that already have had working experiences in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)  fields, emphasis will be placed on their past experiences and recommendation letters.

Application Deadlines

Non-Thesis *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1  
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Saiful Khondaker PhD
Telephone: 407-882-2844
PVL 0111

Graduate Admissions

Anthony Tufano
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes

GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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