The Doctoral Program in Public Affairs provides a unique focus on public administration, planning, policy, and research. The program prepares future scholars and leaders to better recognize and respond to complex social ills which cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students may choose from five tracks: Criminal Justice, Governance and Policy Research, Health Services Management and Research, Public Administration, and Social Work.
The Doctoral Program
in Public Affairs accommodates the needs of both traditional students and
working professionals. All course work is offered in the evening hours and
selected courses offer reduced seat time.
Students must complete 60
credit hours beyond the master’s degree distributed in the following manner:
- a three-course, 9-credit required Public Affairs substantive
- a six-course, 18-credit required Public Affairs methodological and
- a five-course, 15 credit hour Track Specialization
- a one course, 3-credit required Public Affairs practicum
- 15 credit hours of dissertation (minimum)
required to take electives as directed by their track adviser. Students may take
a maximum of two 3-credit-hour independent study courses to be used as electives
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The Public Affairs
PhD program curriculum comprises an interdisciplinary core with advanced studies
offered in five tracks: Criminal Justice, Governance and Policy Research, Health
Services Management and Research, Public Administration, and Social Work. The
program has a community-based focus with an emphasis on collaborative
relationships across public, private and nonprofit sectors of the
To ensure that all students have the necessary research and quantitative skills, students are required to take a statistical placement exam during the
summer semester prior to their entering the program fall semester.
Students demonstrating deficiencies in statistics must complete the Advanced Quantitative Methods in Public Affairs course prior to registering in PAF 7804 Quantitative I: Multivariate Analysis. The 6000 level
course will prepare students for the doctoral level statistical sequence and may be included in the student's program of study as an
A maximum of 6 credit hours of Independent Study may be used as
electives with adviser’s approval.
Transfer work will only be
accepted by the Public Affairs PhD program if taken as part of an approved plan
of study for a doctoral program at UCF or elsewhere. A maximum of 6 credit hours
taken at the doctoral level may be considered for transfer. The
acceptance of transfer credit into the track for Public Affairs
specialization or general elective component is dependent upon the approval of
the Track Coordinator in consultation with the PAF Director. Transfer work will
not be accepted into the PAF substantive or methodological core
A grade of B- or better is
required in all courses. Students receiving a grade of "C+" or lower will be
required to repeat the course and receive a grade of B- or better prior to
taking the Research Proficiency Exam or Qualifying Exam. Any student who receives more than one “C” in their
doctoral course work may be dismissed from the program.
A minimum of 3.0 graduate status GPA
and program of study GPA is required to maintain graduate student status and for
graduation. Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may be dismissed from the
Any student who receives an "F" grade in their doctoral course
work will be dismissed from the program.
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.Applicants must choose a track in this program. Track(s) may have different requirements.
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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.