The Master in Research Administration provides the professional skills and management theories and techniques to prepare individuals to practice as highly trained and ethical research administrators. The completely online program builds a solid foundation in research administration and leadership that enables graduates to work in a variety of research organizations such as universities, hospitals and medical centers, industry, and research institutes and centers.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit www.intl.ucf.edu
. If you have any questions, please consult the International Services Center at 407-823-2337.
CURRICULUMThe Master in Research Administration program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program is offered completely online in a lock-step and cohort-based model. Students take two courses each semester and complete the degree program in two years (six semesters). In the final course students complete an evaluation project as a culminating activity that engages them in the application of theory, research policy, regulatory frameworks, ethics, and professional standards and practices within their area of focus.
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Required Courses—36 Credit Hours
- PAD 6742 Introduction to Research Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6XXX Governance and Regulatory Issues for Sponsored Programs (3 credit hours)
- PAD 5850 Grant and Contact Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6743 Leadership and Organization Models in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6744 Financial Management in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6417 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6745 Contracting for Sponsored Programs (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6746 Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6747 Audits in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6XXX Research Integrity for Research Administrators (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6327 Public Program Evaluation Techniques (3 credit hours)
Additional Program Requirements
Students must achieve a grade of "B" (3.0) or better in all required courses. Students must maintain a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.
INDEPENDENT LEARNINGIndependent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry, dialogue and service learning. Tangible projects such as strategic plans, grant proposals, and case studies along with research projects, scholarly papers, internships, and presentations at professional conferences also contribute to the self development of our students.
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.
The Master in Research Administration is a highly competitive program that admits only thirty (30) students once a year in the fall semester. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to this program, because once the program reaches capacity admissions will be closed for that academic year.
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 should be from professors or professional research administrators who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate coursework and his or her work ethic.
- Résumé: The most current, professional resume should be provided.
- Statement of goals: The goal statement 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 single-spaced, one-inch margins, and no longer than two pages (500-800 words). Applicant must address each item listed below when completing the goal statement:
- What is your reason for pursuing graduate study in research administration, including your future goals and plans?
- What topics or areas of special interest do you have in research administration?
- What are your expectations of the graduate program?
- What will you bring to the program that would make you 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.
- Admission to this program is limited. This program does not accept State Employee Waivers.
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. This program is completely online, so computer skills and computer internet access are necessary to take the courses.
A limited number of students who do not meet these requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis. These students must demonstrate proven research leadership experience, present strong recommendations from either academic or professional advisers, and provide a clear statement of educational goals. More specific information on provisional admissions may be obtained from the department. Provisional admissions are limited and competitive. Students who are interested in these spots should contact the School of Public Administration as early as possible for consideration.
Applicants meeting the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission to this program.
The School of Public Administration accepts scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) only. Test scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are not used in consideration of admission to this program.
All International students must meet university minimum TOEFL requirements regardless of language in which the undergraduate program was completed.
Please note: Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in the following states. If you reside in one of these states, you may not be permitted to enroll in or be admitted to a UCF online program. Please contact your state’s higher education regulation authorities or the UCF Graduate Program (see contact information above) for more details.
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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.