Research Administration Graduate Certificate

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College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :CRT
Department : School of Public Administration Option : N/A
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The Graduate Certificate in Research Administration is a 18-credit online certificate that provides an overview of the core concepts in research administration for those interested in management within research organizations. The Certificate is intended to meet the needs of individuals seeking a focused experience in order to prepare for or advance their careers in research management and leadership. It is appropriate for students who seek to expand their knowledge, but who do not wish to  commit to a master’s degree program.


The Graduate Certificate in Research Administration requires 18 credit hours of online courses that provide an overview of the core concepts in research administration. Students take 12 credit hours of required courses and choose 6 credit hours of elective courses.
Total Credit Hours Required:
18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses12 Credit Hours

  • PAD 6742 Introduction to Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6743 Leadership and Organization Models in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6747 Audits in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6741 Research Integrity for Research Administrators (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses6 Credit Hours

Select two courses from the following list:

  • PAD 6748 Governance and Regulatory Issues for Sponsored Programs (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6745 Contracting for Sponsored Programs (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6744 Financial Management in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6746 Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization (3 credit hours)

Cost Per Credit Hour

For the Graduate Certificate in Research Administration, the cost per credit hour is $655.62.*

*Fee is subject to change

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

All applicants to this certificate program will be required to submit:

  • An official transcript in a sealed envelope from each college/university attended.
  • A current, professional résumé.
  • Statement of Goals: This is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant's ability to express him or herself in writing.  The goal statement must be no longer than two pages and should address the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing graduate study in Research Administration, including your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of Research Administration interest you?
    • Working in Research Administration is preferred, not required.
  • Applicants 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.

Materials received after the established deadline may not be considered.  Admission to this certificate is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

Admission to this certificate program is limited. Please refer to the specific MRA program website for tuition rates. The University of Central Florida does not accept State Employee Waivers for this certificate program. 

Application Deadlines

Research Administration Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
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*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.