Research Administration MRA

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College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :MRA
Department : School of Public Administration Option : Nonthesis
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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.

This program is a professional program and is considered a part-time program. For more information, please visit


The 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. 
Total Credit Hours Required:
36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—36 Credit Hours

Research Administration Concentration Core Courses—27 Credit Hours

  • PAD 6742 Introduction to Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6748 Governance and Regulatory Issues for Sponsored Programs (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 6745 Contracting for Sponsored Programs (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6746 Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6747 Audits in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6741 Research Integrity for Research Administrators (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6327 Public Program Evaluation Techniques (3 credit hours)

Additional Required Courses—9 Credit Hours

  • PAD 5850 Grant and Contract Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6417 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Students must achieve a grade of "B-" (80%) or higher in all Research Administration concentration courses (PAD 67XX level and PAD 6327).
  • 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.

Cost Per Credit Hour

For the Master of Research Administration program, the cost per credit hour is $655.62.*

*Fee is subject to change

Independent Learning

Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry, dialogue and service learning. Tangible projects such as strategic plans, grant proposals, commercialization plans and case studies along with research projects, scholarly papers, internships, and presentations at professional conferences also contribute to the self development of our students.

Application Requirements

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 specifically for the MRA program. Letters of recommendation should be from professors, researchers, 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:
    • Reason for pursuing graduate study in research administration, including future goals and plans.
    • Topics or areas of special interest in research administration.
    • Expectations of the graduate program.
    • What the applicant will bring to the program that would make him or her 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 requirements regardless of language in which the undergraduate program was completed.    

This program does not accept State Employee Waivers.

Admission to this program is limited. The Master in Research Administration is a highly competitive program that admits one cohort annually in the fall semester.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early to this program because once the cohort reaches capacity for an entering class, admissions will be closed for that academic year.

All requested material must be submitted by the established deadline date.  Materials received after the established deadline may not be considered.   

Students are expected to be computer literate upon entry to the program. This program is completely online, so computer skills and computer internet access are necessary to take the courses. 


Application Deadlines

Research Administration MRA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants


Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants


Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
*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.