The Graduate Certificate in Research Administration is designed to address specific areas of the research enterprise such as organizational management and leadership, research integrity, intellectual property, innovation and commercialization, and legal and regulatory requirements for research. The certificate program is intended to meet the needs of individuals seeking a focused experience in order to prepare for or advance their careers in research management and leadership. It is appropriate for those who seek to expand their knowledge, but who may not wish to commit to a master’s degree program. Credits earned toward the certificate may be applied toward the Master of Research Administration if later accepted to that program.

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Research Administration is a 18-credit online certificate program that provides an overview of the core concepts in research administration for those interested in management within research organizations. The certificate is intended to meet the needs of individuals seeking a focused experience in order to prepare for or advance their careers in research management and leadership. It is appropriate for students who seek to expand their knowledge, but who do not wish to commit to a master’s degree program.

Credit earned in the  certificate program may be applied toward the MRA program. However, admission to the MRA program has separate requirements from those of the certificate program, and students considering continuing into the master’s degree program should consult with a faculty adviser early in their certificate program.

The Graduate Certificate in Research Administration requires that students complete 18 credit hours of courses. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in order to be awarded the certificate. The certificate program must be completed within three years.

Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Research Administration requires 18 credit hours of online courses that provide an overview of the core concepts in research administration. Students take 12 credit hours of required courses and choose six credit hours of elective courses.

Total Credit Hours Required
Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Required Courses-12 Credit Hours

  • PAD 6742 Introduction to Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6743 Leadership and Organization Models in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6747 Audits in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6741 Research Integrity for Research Administrators (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses-6 Credit Hours

Select two courses from the following list:

  • PAD 6748 Governance and Regulatory Issues for Sponsored Programs (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6745 Contracting for Sponsored Programs (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6744 Financial Management in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6746 Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization (3 credit hours)

Tuition

For tuition rates, visit UCF Continuing Education’s website. The University of Central Florida does not accept State Employee Waivers for this certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree (GPA of 2.5 or above) from a regionally accredited institution. Admission to this certificate program is limited.

Applicants must apply online. Applications must include official transcripts, a resume and a statement of interest. Employment in the field of research administration is preferred. Please submit all requested material by the established deadline(s) (see dates below).

Please note: Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in the states listed below. 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 Catalog for more details.

  • Alabama
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota

Application Deadlines

Research Administration Graduate Certificate Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants June 1 Nov 15
International Applicants
International Transfer Applicants