complete 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree distributed in the
- a three-course, 9-credit required
Public Affairs substantive core
- a six-course, 18-credit required
Public Affairs methodological and statistical core
- a five-course,
15-credit required discipline-specific specialization
- a one course,
3-credit required Public Affairs practicum
- 15 credit hours of
|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.
A maximum of
6 credit hours of Independent Study may be used as electives with adviser’s
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 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 components..
A grade of B- or better is required in all Substantive Core
and Methodological Core 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 and Qualifying Exam. Any
student who receives more than one “C” in their doctoral course work may be
dismissed from the program.
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 program.
who receives an "F" grade in their doctoral course work will be dismissed from
Required Courses—45 Credit Hours
Substantive Core—9 Credit Hours
- 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
- PAF 7317 Social Inquiry and Public Policy (3 credit hours)
Methodological 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
- PAF 7820 Qualitative Methods for Public
Affairs (3 credit hours)
- 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 hours)
- 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
At the 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 university.
Students are required take the following three courses and
attain a "B-" or higher:
- SOW 6383 Social Work
Administration (3 credit hours)
- SOW 7492 Theory Development in Social
Work and Applied Social Science Research (3 credit hours)
- SOW 7494 Conducting Evidence-based Research in Social Work and Allied Fields (3 credit
Electives—6 Credit Hours
Choose two additional
courses from the following:
- SOW 7397 Social Entrepreneurship in
Public and Social Sectors (3 credit hours)
- See adviser for
appropriate methodological elective (3 credit hours)
- Directed reading
(3 credit hours)
- Directed 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)
- PAF 7980 Dissertation Research
Assignment of Faculty Advisers
Upon 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. Social Work Track students
will be advised by the Social Work 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 prospectus.
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.
enter candidacy when the following has been accomplished:
- Completion of all course work,
except for dissertation hours.
- Successful completion of the Research Proficiency Exam and
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