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At the UCF School of Public Administration, we are dedicated to preparing undergraduate and graduate students who will serve and lead in careers in nonprofit management, urban and regional planning, research administration, emergency management, public administration and public policy. Located at UCF Downtown, students are within walking distance of countless government offices, nonprofits and private organizations. Graduates join a dynamic alumni network of over 5,000 individuals who are leading the charge for change in local, national and international communities. 

Whether fully online or in-person, students are immersed in an innovative educational experience that encourages collaboration, provides real-world experiences and enhances leadership skills. 

At the UCF School of Public Administration, we are dedicated to preparing undergraduate and graduate students who will serve and lead in careers in nonprofit management, urban and regional planning, research administration, emergency management, public administration and public policy. Located at UCF Downtown, students are within walking distance of countless government offices, nonprofits and private organizations. Graduates join a dynamic alumni network of over 5,000 individuals who are leading the charge for change in local, national and international communities.

Whether fully online or in-person, students are immersed in an innovative educational experience that encourages collaboration, provides real-world experiences and enhances leadership skills.

The 18-credit-hour certificate emphasizes the managerial and analytical skills needed for an engaging career in urban planning and related fields within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Apply by July 1.

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Based at UCF Downtown, the doctoral program in public affairs fosters collaborative and transdisciplinary perspectives to solve societal issues and problems.
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Hall Selected to Join the National Academy of Public Administration

Hall Selected to Join the National Academy of Public Administration

Jeremy Hall, professor and academic program coordinator for the doctoral program in public affairs, has been invited to join the 2020 Class of Academy Fellows for the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). ...
Championing a More Walkable Central Florida

Championing a More Walkable Central Florida

This alumni is the executive director Bike/Walk Central Florida, where she builds on the skills and experiences she gained while at UCF. ...
The CPNM Partners with Orlando-based United Abolitionists to Combat Human Trafficking

The CPNM Partners with Orlando-based United Abolitionists to Combat Human Trafficking

The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management (CPNM) and the Orlando nonprofit, United Abolitionists, are collaborating to pursue research, develop policy-related solutions, and educate and train students and community leaders on the problem of human trafficking. ...

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The SPA Reading Circle continues! Over a series of three meetings, we'll explore the 1619 Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of essays in the New York Times Magazine tracing the lasting effects of slavery on American society.  The first session will…
Join program director, Dr. Luis Santiago, for a virtual conversation on the Master of Urban & Regional Planning program. Urban and regional planning, is a rapidly growing field, particularly in areas similar to Central Florida, as new businesses and residents continue relocate…
Purchase Power Agreements can allow businesses, governments, and non-profits to benefit from solar energy. They are legal in most states including Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, and Arizona. However, they are not yet legalized in Florida. Join Kelly Stevens, assistant professor at the…
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