Applicants must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized foreign institution prior to entering the program. Applicants must apply online and submit:

Official transcripts

Three letters of recommendation

  • These should be from faculty members, university administrators, or employers.
  • The letters should be current to the application and should address the relevant skills of the applicant, the aspirations of the candidate, and an assessment of the applicant’s ability to perform graduate-level research.
  • Letters that provide specific examples are more helpful than those that speak about the applicant’s abilities in vague generalities.
  • Confidential letters are preferred.

Statement of purpose (research agenda)

  • The statement should explain the motivation behind the pursuit of an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Texts and Technology and discuss future career goals.
  • The statement should discuss all relevant professional background and any previous research experience.
  • The statement should address why the interdisciplinary composition of Texts and Technology is appropriately aligned with the applicant’s future research goals.
  • The applicant must clearly describe the particular area(s) of research interest and identify any UCF faculty members who share a similar research focus and with whom the applicant would like to work. Applicants are encouraged to consult the Texts and Technology website for additional information regarding the program and faculty.
  • The statement should be between 500 and 1,200 words.

Writing sample

  • A substantial academic writing sample (between 10 and 25 double-spaced pages) and an optional digital portfolio illustrating the applicant’s ability to engage in advanced academic work should be submitted as part of the application materials.
  • Acceptable writing samples may include a chapter from a master’s thesis, a conference paper, a term paper for a seminar, or other research projects that demonstrate the applicant’s ability to pursue the type of research that could possibly lead to a completed dissertation.
  • The optional digital portfolio may include examples of digital humanities or interactive media projects that are annotated appropriately to explain the applicant’s contribution to the design and development process.

Résumé or CV

International Credential

  • Applicants to this program, except those that have earned or will earn a Masters or Doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution recognized by UCF, 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.


Complete applications received by January 15 will be considered for financial support.

The application deadline for fall admission is February 1.

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