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Quick Facts

  • 445 - Bachelor's degrees in criminal justice awarded in 2015-16
  • Fall 2015 - Launch of new doctoral program in criminal justice
  • 4 - UCF campuses offering a bachelor's degree in criminal justice (Orlando, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Valencia West)
  • 1 - Rank of online undergraduate program by bestcolleges.com

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships

The Department of Criminal Justice offers the following memorial scholarships:

  • Amy Kuritar-Lohriman Endowed Scholarship
  • Criminal Justice Memorial Scholarship
  • Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Memorial Scholarship in Memory of Debbie Phillis
  • George Desalvia Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Detective Barry Pruette Memorial Scholarship/Rotary Club Scholarship
  • Margaret M. Samet Memorial Scholarship
  • ASIS Foundation Scholarship
  • The Jennifer Kesse Endowed Scholarship
  • UCF Alumni Association Scholarships
  • Student Government Association

For additional information, contact Sarah Drehoff at Sarah.Drehoff@ucf.edu or 407-823-2301.

Additionally, there are several local organizations that provide scholarships annually, such as the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS Foundation Scholarship), UCF Alumni Association and Student Government Association. Many scholarships specific to criminal justice and/or legal studies are available from professional organizations such as the American Criminal Justice Association and the Justice Studies Association. In early fall, scholarship announcements are sent to our department and posted outside the department's office (HPA I - Suite 311) on the bulletin board.

Information for graduate students concerning fellowships, assistantships, tuition waivers and loans is available online at www.graduate.ucf.edu.

Financial Aid

Financial aid information and application forms may be obtained in the department office and the UCF Financial Aid and Multicultural Academic & Support Services Office.

FINANCIAL AID FOR MASTER'S DEGREE STUDENTS
The College of Health and Public Affairs and the UCF College of Graduate Studies offer a number of opportunities for full-time master's degree students to receive fellowships and other means of financial support.

For complete information and other funding opportunities not listed here, visit www.admissions.graduate.ucf.edu/funding/.

Fellowships

Graduate Dean's Fellowship
Yearly stipend: $4,000 supplement to a qualifying assistantship or fellowship
Duration: 4 years
Eligibility: all new master's, specialist, or doctoral students
College-nominated

Florida A&M University Feeder Program
Yearly stipend: $10,000
Duration: 4 years doctoral;2 years master's
Eligibility: new graduate students who completed the FAMU Feeder Scholars program and graduated from FAMU within the last three semesters of their entry into a UCF graduate program
Fellowship application due March 1

Delores A. Auzenne Fellowship
Yearly stipend: $5,000
Duration: 1 year
Eligibility: new and continuing graduate minority students (U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens)
Fellowship application due March 1
UCF Graduate RAMP Fellowship
Yearly stipend: $10,000
Duration: 4 years doctoral;2 years master's
Eligibility: new graduate students who completed the UCF undergraduate RAMP program
Selected by UCF Graduate Fellowships Committee
Fellowship Application Due Date: January 15 for Fall Admission

UCF Graduate McNair Fellowship
Yearly stipend: $17,000 doctoral;$10,000 master's
Duration: 2 years doctoral; 2 years master's
Eligibility: new graduate students who completed a McNair Scholars program as an undergraduate
Selected by UCF Graduate Fellowships Committee
Fellowship Application Due Date: January 15 for Fall Admission
Summer Mentoring Fellowship
Summer stipend: $3,500
Duration: 1 summer semester
Eligibility: all new incoming minority graduate students (U.S. citizens or permanent resident alien)
Program-nominated, February 15

Assistantships

Department of Criminal Justice
The Department of Criminal Justice makes every effort to support funding for graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and graduate research assistants (GRAs). Each January, the department evaluates students (full-time only) for graduate teaching assistantships for the upcoming fall semester. GTA positions include a tuition waiver, stipend and health insurance. Students are responsible for university fees. GTAs work on campus for 20 hours a week assisting professors. GRA positions vary by grant funding.

Those who applied by January 15th for admission in the spring, summer and fall of the upcoming academic year will be considered for GTA and fellowship positions. Eligible students are evaluated by the Graduate Committee as part of this very competitive process, and offers are made in the early spring. Only those students with a completed application packet will be reviewed. That includes a complete application for either track, competitive GRE score, at least two letters of recommendation, a statement of goals and a resume. Contact the Department of Criminal Justice office for more information at 407-823-2603.

UCF Department of Housing and Residence Life
UCF's Department of Housing and Residence Life supports graduate residence coordinator positions that provide a valuable work experience for graduate students where classroom knowledge can be applied to professional practice.

Learn more about these positions on the Department of Housing and Residence Life's website under Graduate Assistant.

One of the benefits of conducting international fieldwork is the opportunity to become engrossed in a different culture.
— William Moreto,  Assistant Professor
The people I worked with ... put me in every scenario possible and allowed me to experience it first hand.
— Max Thedy,  former student intern who worked with law enforcement rangers in Cape Town, South Africa
I cannot stress enough the importance of the basic research skills and knowledge, combined with an understanding of data analysis for those planning to be leaders in the field of criminal justice.
— Roberto Hugh Potter,  Criminal Justice Department Professor
I would not be in the position I have today if it weren’t for the Criminal Justice Program at UCF.
— Carl Metzger,  M.S. in Criminal Justice, '03; Deputy Chief, University of Central Florida
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