Public Administration MPA Dual Degree This is a Track

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College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :MNM
Department : School of Public Administration Option : Nonthesis
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The Nonprofit Management MNM - Public Administration MPA Dual Degree Track provides the opportunity for students to earn graduate degrees from two academic programs, the Master of Nonprofit Management and the Master of Public Administration, concurrently.


The dual degree track (Master of Public Administration / Master of Nonprofit Management) consists of 66 credit hours. Each student completes a core of 16 courses (48 credit hours), an advanced curriculum of five electives (15 credit hours) that are selected in consultation with the adviser, and a capstone experience equivalent to one course (3 credit hours).  

Courses and credit hours used for undergraduate degrees cannot be counted toward the MPA/MNM track, except for Senior Scholar students who, with the permission of the MPA/MNM program director, may use up to 9 credit hours of graduate course work in both their undergraduate degree and the dual degree program. No undergraduate-level courses will be accepted in the MPA/MNM dual degree track.

The dual degree program incorporates service learning in some of its courses. Service learning is hands-on learning that provides real life experience in executing tangible projects such as strategic plans, grant proposals, and volunteer management case studies. It enhances the student’s understanding of the course core concepts, helps develop leadership skills and provides networking opportunity with a community partner.

Some of the courses also involve group work intended to develop leadership abilities while providing an opportunity for the student to show his or her ability to be a team player. Group projects promote important intellectual and social skills and help to prepare students for professional work where teamwork and collaboration are necessary. 

Total Credit Hours Required:
66 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—51 Credit Hours

Core—48 Credit Hours

  • PAD 6035 Public Administration in the Policy Process (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6037 Public Organization Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6053 Public Administrators in the Governance Process (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6207 Public Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6227 Public Budgeting (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6417 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6700 Research Methods in Public Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6701 Analytic Techniques for Public Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5145 Volunteerism in Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5146 Nonprofit Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5850 Grant and Contract Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6142 Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6149 Nonprofit Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6327 Public Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6208 Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)

Capstone—3 Credit Hours

  • PAD 6062 Advanced Concepts and Applications in Public Administration (3 credit hours)

Students will engage in a capstone experience that builds upon the knowledge and skills gained from completing the core courses. Students will complete this requirement through enrollment in PAD 6062 Advanced Concepts and Applications in Public Administration. PAD 6062 is only offered in fall and spring semesters and should be taken following the completion of all core courses; it may not be combined with a core course in the same semester.

Electives—15 Credit Hours

Elective courses offered within the Dual Degree track provide an emphasis on state and local government and nonprofit management; however, other emphases may be developed in consultation with the adviser. With prior approval from the program director, up to 6 credit hours of elective coursework may be taken from outside the department. Students must show that elective courses taken outside of the department directly support a career in public administration or nonprofit management.

  • Electives (15 credit hours)

Students without practical administrative experience in the public sector are strongly advised to complete an internship as part of their electives.

  • PAD 6946 Internship (3 credit hours)

Additional Program Requirements

Students must achieve a grade of "B-" (80%) or higher in every course listed under core requirements and in the Capstone Experience (PAD 6062). Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Independent Learning

Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum, through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Tangible projects, such as research scholarly papers, internships, and the capstone experience also contribute to the self-development of MPA students. The research study and final report in the Capstone Experience will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in a student’s particular specialization within the profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices in that specialization area. PAD 6062, the capstone course, provides the independent learning experience.

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.   
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must specifically address the applicant's ability to succeed in graduate coursework and his or her work ethic. Recommendation letters from professors are preferred however, letters from supervisors are also acceptable.
  • Résumé: The most current, professional resume should be provided.
  • 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:  
    • Reason for pursuing graduate study in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, including future goals and plans. 
    • Specific areas of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management of interest. 
    • Relevant experience, paid or as a volunteer (required).
    • What makes the applicant a special candidate for admission to this limited access program.  
  • 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.
  • All International students must meet university minimum TOEFL score requirements regardless of language in which the undergraduate program was completed. 

Admission to this dual degree option is limited; applicants meeting the minimum university and/or program application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

All requested material must be submitted by the established deadline date. Materials received after the established deadline may not be considered.

Much of the coursework for this program will be on-line. Students are expected to be computer literate upon entry to the program and to have access to internet.

Application Deadlines

Public Administration MPA Dual Degree *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


Jun 15Nov 1


International Applicants


Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants


Mar 1Sep 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.