Graduate Certificate


Public Administration


The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration emphasizes the managerial skills essential for local government programs in an evolving metropolitan environment. Through the certificate, students will gain knowledge that strengthens their professional standing and opens doors to management and support positions.

Program Highlights

  • 18 credit hours
  • Can be completed online
  • Credits may be applied toward the Master of Public Administration


The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration requires the following six courses.

For more information on the curriculum, please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

This course cover the analysis of the role of the public administrator in the analysis, formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policies, especially at the state and local levels.
Offered in fall, spring and summer
This courses cover the structure, functioning and performance of public organizations.
Offered in fall and spring
This course is an examination of the political, social, economic, and moral context of modern public administration, with special attention to the ethical dimensions of the administrator’s role.
Offered in fall, spring and summer
This course covers budgets as planning programming documents, stressing the relationships of policy and budgetary decisions, problems in grantsmanship and revenue decision making, program budgeting and incrementalism.
Offered in fall and spring
This course covers the managing and motivation of public employees with particular emphasis on organizational behavior and contemporary public service legislation.
Offered in fall and spring
Statistical methodology and use of computers as a tool for decision making in the public sector.
Offered in fall and spring

Admissions and Advising

Prospective students seeking enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Public Administration should submit the following for consideration:

  • An official, sealed transcript of each college or university attended, showing a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • A current resume
  • A goal statement, no longer than two pages, addressing the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing this certificate and how does it fit into your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of public administration interest you?
    • What previous work or volunteer experience do you have in the field?

For more information on admissions, please contact our graduate advisor, Edlira Dursun.

Application Deadlines



Domestic Applicants

Jul 1

Dec 1

International Applicants