The Public Administration MPA – Nonprofit Management MNM Dual Degree Track provides the opportunity for students to earn graduate degrees from two academic programs, the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Nonprofit Management, concurrently. Students successfully completing this MNM/MPA Dual Degree program will have the skills and analytical techniques for successful careers in both the public and nonprofit sectors. After successful completion of the MNM/MPA Dual Degree program, students will receive two diplomas - one for the Public Administration MPA and one for the Nonprofit Management MNM degree.
Students seeking admission to the MNM/MPA Dual Degree program should apply directly to the Dual Degree track of either the Public Administration MPA program or the Nonprofit Management MNM program. Only one application will be required. If admitted, student will be active in the Dual Degree tracks of both the Public Administration MPA and the Nonprofit Management MNM programs.
Students previously admitted to the Public Administration MPA or the Nonprofit Management MNM program should consult with their advisor prior to completing 18 credit hours if interested in the MNM/MPA Dual Degree program.
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 that was used in their undergraduate degree toward credit in the dual degree
program. However, no undergraduate-level courses will be accepted in the MPA/MNM dual degree track.
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Required Courses—51 Credit Hours
- PAD 6035 Public Administration in the Policy Process (3
- PAD 6037 Public Organization Management (3 credit
- PAD 6053 Public Administrators in the Governance Process (3
- 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 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
- PAD 6149 Nonprofit Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6327 Public Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6208
Nonprofit Financial Management (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
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 course work 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
- PAD 6946 Internship (3 credit hours)
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 LearningIndependent learning is
demonstrated throughout the curriculum, through the process
of inquiry and dialogue. Tangible projects, such as scholarly research,
papers, internships, and the capstone experience also contribute to the
self-development of students. The research paper and Learning and Professional
Development portfolio in the Capstone Experience focus on reviewing and
analyzing contemporary issues in order to help students acquire knowledge and
skills pertaining to research-based best practices. PAD 6062, the capstone
course, provides the independent learning
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 Nonprofit Management and Public Administration, including future goals and plans.
- Specific areas of Nonprofit Management and Public Administration 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 track is competitive; 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. Material received after the established deadline may not be considered.
Students are expected to be computer literate upon entry to the program or are expected to obtain these skills immediately upon admission to the program.
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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.