Here at the UCF School of Public Administration, we are committed to providing quality education to current and future public service professionals so they, in turn, can change our communities for the better. We strive to be the premier resource and a model for advancing excellence in professional education and a model for advancing excellence in public service and leadership.

Our school opened its doors in 1975 and since then, we have educated more than 4,000 students in the areas of public administration, nonprofit management, urban and regional planning, research administration and emergency management. Our strong alumni network serves communities in Central Florida and beyond as city and county managers, community planners, nonprofit executives, emergency managers and research coordinators, among others.

During the past 40-plus years, we have expanded the number of academic programs we offer from two to 20. Our faculty has more than doubled in size and we now boast the largest public administration faculty in the State of Florida. Two of our graduate degrees, the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Nonprofit Management, ranked by U.S. News and World Report and our MPA has been NASPAA accredited for the past 20 years.

A decade ago, the school expanded its reach to the community through the establishment of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management. The CPNM serves as the research arm of the school, but has also hosted capacity building seminars for local nonprofit professionals since its inception. It also hosts the annual Public Administration Research Conference, which is now in its twelfth year.

While all of the aforementioned numbers are impressive, the best evidence of the quality of our work lies in our students and alumni. While we are very proud of the national recognition we have gained over the past four decades, we are even more proud of the spirit of collegiality and camaraderie that touches every person who connects with the school.

As the director, I invite you to join us – as a student, a faculty member or a community partner. Together we can change not only the community, but the world, for the better.


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