Director's Welcome

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

Our school opened its doors in 1975, and since then, we have educated more than 5,000 students in the areas of public administration and policy, nonprofit management, urban and regional planning, research administration and emergency management. Our strong alumni network serves communities in Central Florida and beyond in various roles including city and county managers, planners, nonprofit executives, emergency managers and research coordinators. Located at UCF Downtown, our students are immersed in a thriving urban environment – just miles away from government offices, nonprofits and private organizations.

During the past 40-plus years, we have expanded the number of academic programs we offer from two to over 20. Our faculty has more than doubled in size, and we now boast the largest public administration faculty in the state of Florida. Three of our graduate degrees – the Master of Emergency and Crisis Management, the Master of Nonprofit Management and Master of Public Administration – are ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Our MPA has been NASPAA accredited for the over 20 years. Our Master of Nonprofit Management and Master of Science in Urban & Regional Planning are accredited by NASPAA and the Planning Accreditation Board, respectively.

Over 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 and continues to serve the public sector and local nonprofit community by hosting capacity building seminars for public service professionals, which it has done since its inception. It also hosts the annual Public Administration Research Conference, which brings together students, faculty and practitioners from across the globe.

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 prouder 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.

Doug Goodman, Ph.D.
Doug Goodman, Ph.D.
Director, School of Public Administration
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