of Public Administration (MPA) program is accredited by the Network of Schools
of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and
nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report, and provides exciting
opportunities for students to prepare for employment or advance their careers
in public or nonprofit organizations.
The Master of Public
Administration (MPA) program consists of 42 credit hours. Each student
completes a core of nine courses (27 credit hours), an advanced curriculum of
four electives (12 credit hours), and a capstone experience equivalent to
one course (3 credit hours).
The Master of Public Administration
(MPA) is a face-to-face program. While some courses are offered
online, students admitted to the MPA program are expected to attend class
in person face-to-face. Face-to-face courses are offered week nights on the
main campus. The MPA program incorporates group projects into every
course. Group projects are intended to develop leadership abilities
while also providing an opportunity to show students are capable of
working as part of a team. Group projects promote important
intellectual and social skills and help to prepare students for
work in a world in which teamwork and collaboration are
increasingly the norm.
Courses and credit hours
used for undergraduate degrees cannot also be applied toward the MPA
degree, except for Senior Scholar students. Students approved as
undergraduates at UCF to participate in the Senior Scholar program may, with
the permission of the MPA program director, use up to 9 credit
hours of graduate course work from their bachelor's degree toward
the MPA degree. However, no undergraduate-level courses will be
accepted in the MPA program.
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Required Courses—30 Credit Hours
- PAD 6035 Public Administration in the Policy
Process (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6037 Public Organization Management (3
- PAD 6053 Public Administrators in the Governance Process
(3 credit hours)
- PAD 6207 Public Financial Management (3 credit
- 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 for
Public Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6701 Analytic Techniques for
Public Administration (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 in the MPA program. Students will complete this requirement
through enrollment in PAD 6062 Advanced Concepts and Applications in Public
Administration. PAD 6062 is offered in fall and spring semesters only and may
be taken following the completion of all core courses. It may not be combined
with a core course in the same semester.
Electives—12 Credit Hours
- Electives (12 credit hours)
Elective courses offered
within the School of Public Administration provide an emphasis on state and
local government; however, other emphases may be developed in consultation with
the Program Director and Academic Adviser. With prior approval from the MPA
Program Director, up to 6 credit hours of elective course work may be taken
from outside the school. Students must show that elective courses taken outside
of the school directly support a career in public administration. The MPA
program of study does not accept undergraduate-level courses.
Students interested in a professional management career may take elective
courses from the School of Public Administration’s graduate certificate programs
in Nonprofit Management, Urban and Regional Planning, and Emergency Management
to enhance their managerial skills. Students interested in a research career can
work with the Program Director and Academic Adviser to take advanced research
courses to strengthen their analytical skills.
Students without practical
administrative experience in the public sector are strongly advised to complete
an internship (3 credit hours) 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.
The School of Public Administration incorporates service learning into some
courses. Service learning is a teaching method that provides a means for every
student to enhance his or her academic program with experiential learning
opportunities. Service learning provides an opportunity for students to work
with community partners by collecting and compiling data and producing quality
products that will be beneficial to both students and organizations.
Students are expected to be computer literate and have computer internet
access upon entry to the program.
Independent LearningIndependent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry, dialogue and service learning. Tangible projects, such as scholarly research, papers, internships and the capstone experience also contribute to the self-development of MPA students. The research paper and Learning and Professional Development Portfolio in the Capstone Experience focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary issues in the context of real world applications.
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 meeting general
UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must
to this degree is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum university
and/or program application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the
- One official transcript (in a sealed
envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Three letters of recommendation
specifically for the MPA program evaluating scholarly and professional
capacity. Letters from professors from the colleges/universities
attended are preferred, but if that is not feasible, letters from
current or past supervisors will be accepted. The recommender must
address the applicant's work ethic and ability to succeed at
graduate-level academic work.
- Current professional résumé
including public service experience (paid or voluntary).
Statement: The goal statement is a key component of the admission
review process and serves as an example of the applicant's ability
to express himself or herself in writing. The goal statement must be
no longer than two pages double spaced (500-800 words) and should
address the following:
- Personal background and
career aspirations in public service.
for pursuing graduate study in public administration, including future
career goals and plans.
- Specific areas of public
administration that interests you.
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.
All requested material
must be submitted by the established deadline date. Materials
received after the established deadline may not be considered.
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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.
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.