Students must complete 60 credit hours
beyond the master’s degree distributed in the following manner:
three-course, 9-credit required Public Affairs substantive core
six-course, 18-credit required Public Affairs methodological and statistical
- a five-course, 15-credit required discipline-specific
- a one course, 3-credit required
Public Affairs practicum
- 15 credit hours of dissertation minimum
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree|
Students are required to take a statistical assessment the summer
semester prior to their entering the program fall semester. This assessment will
be used to determine a student's statistical knowledge and competency. Students
that receive a passing score will be exempt from taking a 6000-level statistics
course. Those students requiring the 6000-level course will meet with the Track
Coordinator to determine which course will meet the requirement. Students are
required to complete and pass the course prior to registering in PAF
7804 Quantitative I: Multivariate Analysis. The 6000-level course credit
hours may be included in the student's program of study as an elective.
maximum of 6 credit hours of Independent Study may be used as electives with
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 specialization and 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
A grade of B- or better is required in all courses, including Substantive
Core, Methodological Core and Track Specialization/Elective courses. Students receiving a grade of C+ or below in the Substantive Core or Methodological Core courses must repeat the course and receive an acceptable grade prior
to taking the Research Proficiency Exam and Qualifying Exam. Any student who receives more than one “C” in
their doctoral course work may be dismissed from the program.
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 program.
Any student who receives an "F" grade
in their doctoral course work will be dismissed from the program.
Required Courses—45 Credit Hours
Public Affairs Substantive Core—9
- PAF 7000 Foundations of Public Affairs: People,
Places, Policies and Paradigms (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7230 Strategic
Change and Management for Public Affairs (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7317
Social Inquiry and Public Policy (3 credit hours)
and Statistical Core—18 Credit Hours
- PAF 7802 Advanced
Research Methodology for Public Affairs I (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7804 Advanced Statistics for Public Affairs I: Multivariate
Analysis (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7805 Advanced Statistics
for Public Affairs II: Survey of Statistical Methods (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7820 Qualitative Methods for Public Affairs (3 credit
- PAF 7325 Policy and Program Evaluation for Public
Affairs (3 credit hours)
Choose one of the following courses:
- PAF 7868 Advanced Statistics
for Public Affairs III: Continued Survey of Statistical Methods (3 credit
- PAF 7856 Applications of Structural Equation Modeling in Public
Affairs (3 credit hours)
- Pre-approved methodological or statistical
course (3 credit hours)
Practicum—3 Credit Hours
- PAF 7947 Practicum in Community-Based Research (3 credit hours)
end of the required coursework, students will take the Practicum in
Community-Based Research course (PAF 7947). Led by a professor, the practicum
provides the student with the opportunity to work within an interdisciplinary
team to use their substantive learning and apply their methodological and
statistical tools to a real community problem. This experiential learning brings
the student out to the community while bringing the community into the
Track Specialization—9 Credit Hours
required take the following three courses and attain a "B" or higher:
- PAD 7026 Advanced Seminar in Public Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 7057 Advanced Public Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 7827 Network Governance (3 credit hours)
Choose two additional specialization courses from the following:
- PAD 7317 Program Design and Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 7707 Advanced
Research in Public Administration (3 credit hours)
- See adviser for
appropriate methodological elective (3 credit hours)
independent study (3 credit hours)
- Or other course that will add to the
student's course of study. Requires approval of adviser. (3 credit hours)
Dissertation—15 Credit Hours
- PAF 7980 Dissertation
Assignment of Faculty Advisers
acceptance of a student into the program, the program director provides students
with an initial orientation and a general advising session.
The Track Coordinator in conjunction with the PAF Director helps the student
throughout the foundation stage of the program, assisting in the clarification
of interests and goals and facilitating the introduction of students to faculty
and research interests that can advance the student's program of study. Public
Administration Track students will be advised by the Public
Administration Track Coordinator. The Track Coordinator assists the student in
selecting elective courses, finalizing the program of study, and facilitating
discussion with faculty members who have similar research interests. Discussion
and review of dissertation topics should take place with the faculty member who
has agreed to chair the dissertation committee. The dissertation chair is to be
selected by the student prior to commencing the dissertation
Research Proficiency Exam and Qualifying Exam
Upon successful completion of the required courses, students are required to take a Research Proficiency Exam (RPE) and Qualifying Exam (QE). The Research Proficiency Exam will be taken after the successful completion of the Methodological Core courses. Following successful completion of all PAF core courses (not including Track Specialization courses or the Practicum), students are required to pass a Qualifying Exam. The exam is given following finals in the fall or spring semesters.
Students are given two opportunities to pass the RPE and the QE. Students who fail any section twice are dismissed from the program. Any student who fails any the RPE twice or the QE twice will not be readmitted into the PAF program. This policy includes all tracks and/or any masters to PhD program(s) within the PAF program. Please refer to the student handbook for further information.
Students officially enter candidacy when the following has been
- Completion of all course work, except for dissertation
completion of the Research Proficiency Exam and Qualifying Exam.
- The dissertation advisory committee is formed and has been
reviewed and approved by the PAF Director and the College of Graduate Studies. Members of the committee are to be
approved graduate faculty or graduate faculty scholars.
- Submittal of an approved graduate
program of study.
- Submission of dissertation prospectus to turnitin.com.
Subsequent results to be within acceptable rating.
- Successful defense of the
- All approved documentation has been received by the PAF
and Graduate offices..
Full-time students in the Public Affairs Program
pay a $40 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students
pay $20 per semester.