UF and Sandia Labs Critical Skills Master’s Program

UF and Sandia Labs Critical Skills Master’s Program

UF is partnering with Sandia Labs to encourage HWCOE MS program enrollment and Sandia employment. This partnership allows students that are accepted to the University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering to apply to Sandia Labs for the possibility of paid eligible tuition and related tuition associated costs.

Sandia’s Critical Skills Recruiting Master’s Program (CSMP) is a special, entry-level hiring program, which provides new or recent technical bachelor’s degree candidates the opportunity to pursue a fully-funded Master’s of Science degree. The CSMP program is designed to attract talent pursuing key disciplines aligned with Sandia’s national security mission, including Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Cybersecurity, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering niche areas.

Successful applicants will become regular full-time Sandia employees and join multidisciplinary teams that are advancing the frontiers of science and technology to solve the world’s greatest challenges.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship\
  • Application deadline is November 8th
  • New or recent bachelor of science degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Qualify to attend Sandia approved graduate schools
Program Requirements
  • Successfully complete the GRE as required by the universities of interest
    • University of Florida College of Engineering in sync with the University of Florida Graduate School, is waiving the GRE and FE exam requirements for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 terms. This temporary emergency waiver is valid for these two terms for all Masters and Ph.D. degrees in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering due to current admission examination testing difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Complete a master’s degree within:
    • Three semesters (five equivalent quarters, four trimesters) for a non-thesis
      option, or
    • Four semesters (six equivalent quarters, five trimesters) for a thesis option.
  • Maintain the required GPA set forth by the school in the discipline area of study
  • Spend at least two months working at Sandia prior to graduate school
  • In addition, eligible CSMP participants must apply for a National GEM Consortium Fellowship and/or National Physical Sciences Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship
  • Pursue a technical master’s degree that fulfills Sandia’s business needs
  • Complete service requirement upon graduation at Sandia
  • Obtain a master’s degree while remaining on-roll as a Sandia employee and receive a competitive annual salary (paid biweekly)
  • An annual stipend and regular benefits (except vacation accrual) while attending graduate school
  • Paid eligible tuition and related tuition associated costs
  • Placement into a technical staff position upon graduation and successful completion of the program

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