The Master of Public Administration program provides high quality graduate education for current and prospective practitioners in public and nonprofit organizations. Within an evolving metropolitan environment, the program is designed to develop and enhance leadership and management skills essential to public and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum administers ethical principles, critical functions and professional skills to help students contribute to the policy process and become leaders and managers in public and nonprofit organizations. The MPA program uses a public governance model that proactively engages the diverse and changing citizenry.

Program Requirements

The MPA program curriculum consists of 42 credits. Students complete a core of nine courses (27 credits), an advanced curriculum of four courses (12 credits), and a capstone experience equivalent to one course (3 credits). Students must achieve a minimum grade of 3.0 (“B”) for each core class and the capstone experience, and they must maintain an overall program grade point average of 3.0.


The total cost of the MPA program for an in-state student is $15,525, including tuition ($12,102) and fees ($3,422). For out-of-state students, the total cost is $50,150 ($45,079 tuition; $5,071 fees). Additional costs may be added and tuition is subject to change. For complete information, see UCF Tuition and Fees.

Application and Admission

Applications are accepted in the fall and spring semeters. Apply online through the College of Graduate Studies.

Note: The Graduate Record Examination is not required except for those students wishing to compete for a fellowship.

To be considered for admission, the following documentation must be on file with UCF by the appropriate application deadline date:

  • Undergraduate transcripts, and
  • Graduate transcripts (if another graduate degree in a related field has been completed), and
  • Supporting documents:
    – Resume
    – Statement of Interest
    – Three letters of recommendation from professors or professional individuals

The MPA program typically admits students with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, depending on space avilability; those whose undergraduate degree is still in progress may be admitted conditionally until the transcript is provided showing the final undergraduate GPA. Students with GPA below 3.0 may be offered a provisional admission, provided their portfolio demonstrates considerable promise for success.

Online Learning

Public administration students now have the option of completing the MPA program requirements on campus, online or a combination of the two.


Students without practical administrative experience in the public sector are strongly advised to complete an internship as part of their advanced curriculum. MPA students have the advantage of developing internship placements through our new experiential learning coordinator, Mirtha Bailey. Internship placement varies by student interest and semester. Over the past six semesters (summer 2015 through fall 2016), a total of 13 MPA students have enrolled in internships for academic credit.

Graduation Rates

MPA students have considerable flexibility in completing the degree. Our program is designed so that a full-time student can easily complete the MPA during two full academic years (five semesters including summer). Many of our MPA students pursue the degree on a part-time basis, balancing their educational goals with work and family priorities. Graduation rates are reported on an “Academic Year -5” basis (AR-5). For the 2015-2016 academic year, graduation rates are based on students entering the program in 2010-2011. Of 85 entering students, 12 graduated within two academic years (100% of program design length; 5 semesters), 38 graduated within three academic years (150% of program design length), and 47 graduated within four academic years (200% of program design length).

Job Placements

MPA graduates go to work in various fields of the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Our 2015-2016 graduates work for:

Job Type Number of Placed Graduates
U.S. Federal Government 2
State, Provincial or Regional government 6
City, County, or other Local Government 12
International Government (all levels) 0
Nonprofit (domestic-oriented) 3
Nonprofit (internationally-oriented) 1
Private Sector – Research/Consulting 1
Private Sector (other) 3
Obtaining further education 3
Military Service 2
Unemployed (not seeking employment) 2
Unemployed (seeking employment) 4
Status Unknown 6