The UCF Master of Public Administration program prepares students to confront and solve complex societal challenges. Building from a supportive and diverse environment, the program transforms students into effective and ethical public sector professionals skilled in cultural competence, strategic management, techniques of policy and financial analysis, and effective communication necessary to excel in all areas of government service and enhance the university’s collective impact on the community it serves, globally defined.

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.

Cost

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.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available to students through the UCF Financial Aid Office. For graduate students, the opportunities for assistantships can also be found in the UCF Graduate Catalog.

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.

Internships

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 2016-2017 academic year, graduation rates are based on students entering the program in 2011-2012. Of 79 entering students, 10 graduated within two academic years (100% of program design length; 5 semesters), 30 graduated within three academic years (150% of program design length), and 41 graduated within four academic years (200% of program design length). The total number of students who graduated is 53.

Job Placements

MPA graduates go to work in various fields of the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Our 2016-2017 graduates work for:

Job Type Number of Placed Graduates
U.S. Federal Government 3
State, Provincial or Regional government 14
City, County, or other Local Government 17
International Government (all levels) 0
Nonprofit (domestic-oriented) 5
Nonprofit (internationally-oriented) 0
Private Sector – Research/Consulting 2
Private Sector (other) 7
Obtaining further education 1
Military Service 0
Unemployed (not seeking employment) 0
Unemployed (seeking employment) 0
Status Unknown 36
TOTAL 85

Total Number of Students

Full-time – 54
Part-time – 124
Total – 178

Faculty

Total number of faculty – 25
Nucleus faculty – 21

Thomas Bryer
Mary Ann Feldheim
Christopher Hawkins
Jay Jurie
Naim Kapucu
Claire Knox
Ronnie Korosec
Tom Liou
Melvin Rogers
Qian Hu
Jeremy L. Hall
Sarah Larson
Gregg Buckingham
Jungwon Yeo
Staci Zavattaro
Deborah Carroll
Abdul Akeem Sadiq
David Mitchell
Kelly Stevens
Xi Huang
Blair Thomas

Non-Nucleus Faculty-4

Luis Santiago
Lawrence Martin
Sana Khosa
Michelle Neuner