Our school is committed to being the premier resource and a model in advancing excellence in collaborative governance for greater good by creating, advancing, and sharing relevant knowledge for scholars, policy makers, professional practitioners, and the public at large in an evolving metropolitan environment.

As director of the school, I would like to welcome you to our website. Our school offers graduate programs in five areas: public administrationnonprofit managementurban and regional planningresearch administration, and emergency management and homeland security. We also offer undergraduate programs in all areas except for research administration. In addition, our school also houses the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, which is the research arm of the school.

The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels.  The School of Public Administration is a member of the Networks of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, which has accredited our Master of Public Administration program. Our Master of Nonprofit Management, and the school itself, have both been ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

We encourage you to learn more about our academic programs, as well as the CPNM, by browsing through our website. Information on our academic programs, advisory boards, alumni, faculty, strategic plans, student organizations, projects and special events can be found under each programmatic area. Information on the CPNM can be found on its website, which shares the findings of research conducted by our faculty members and students on our four strategic areas – collaborative governance, democracy and citizen engagement, diversity and inclusiveness, and sustainability.

In addition, we ask that you take a moment to read about our school. The “latest news” section shares published articles that highlight the accomplishments of our alumni, our students and our faculty members. These articles are also shared in our newest publication, PA Access, a monthly newsletter distributed to faculty, students, alumni, advisory board members and other community leaders. Lastly, you will find the our annual publication, FOCUS, which reports on the state of our school. Each of these sources of information can add to your understanding of the breadth of our school, the CPNM, and the impact that our programs have on our students and our community.

Naim Kapucu, Ph.D.
Director, School of Public Administration