Public Administration, MPA
Degree: Master of Public Administration
The UCF Master of Public Administration program prepares students to confront and solve complex societal challenges. Building from a supportive and diverse environment, the program transforms students into effective and ethical public sector professionals skilled in cultural competence, strategic management, techniques of policy and financial analysis, and effective communication necessary to excel in all areas of government service and enhance the university’s collective impact on the community it serves, globally defined.
The MPA program curriculum consists of 42 credits. Students complete a core of nine courses (27 credits), an advanced curriculum of four courses (12 credits), and a capstone experience equivalent to one course (3 credits). Students must achieve a minimum grade of 3.0 (“B”) for each core class and the capstone experience, and they must maintain an overall program grade point average of 3.0.
For more information, please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.
The total cost of the MPA program for an in-state student is $15,525, including tuition ($12,102) and fees ($3,422). For out-of-state students, the total cost is $50,150 ($45,079 tuition; $5,071 fees). Additional costs may be added and tuition is subject to change. For complete information, see UCF Tuition and Fees.
Students accepted into a graduate program within the School of Public Administration may apply some applicable credits toward a graduate certificate. Students must apply separately for the certificate program. View the graduate certificates offered by the School of Public Administration.
Application and Admission
Applications are accepted in the fall and spring semesters. Apply online through the College of Graduate Studies.
Note: The Graduate Record Examination is not required except for those students wishing to compete for a fellowship.
To be considered for admission, the following documentation must be on file with UCF by the appropriate application deadline date:
- Undergraduate transcripts, and
- Graduate transcripts (if another graduate degree in a related field has been completed), and
- Supporting documents:
– Statement of Interest
– Three letters of recommendation from professors or professional individuals
The MPA program typically admits students with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, depending on space availability; those whose undergraduate degree is still in progress may be admitted conditionally until the transcript is provided showing the final undergraduate GPA. Students with GPA below 3.0 may be offered a provisional admission, provided their portfolio demonstrates considerable promise for success.
Public Administration MPA
Public administration students now have the option of completing the MPA program requirements on campus, online or a combination of the two.
Students without practical administrative experience in the public sector are strongly advised to complete an internship as part of their advanced curriculum. MPA students have the advantage of developing internship placements through our experiential learning coordinator, Mirtha Bailey. Internship placement varies by student interest and semester. Over the past six semesters (summer 2015 through fall 2016), a total of 13 MPA students have enrolled in internships for academic credit.
MPA students have considerable flexibility in completing the degree. Our program is designed so that a full-time student can easily complete the MPA during two full academic years (five semesters including summer). Many of our MPA students pursue the degree on a part-time basis, balancing their educational goals with work and family priorities. Graduation rates are reported on an “Academic Year -5” basis (AR-5). For the 2015-2016 cohort, of the 51 entering students, 7 graduated within two academic years, 25 graduated within three academic years, and 35 graduated within four academic years.
MPA graduates go to work in various fields of the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Our 2019-2020 graduates work for:
|Job Type||Number of Placed Graduates|
|U.S. Federal Government||5|
|State, Provincial or Regional government||15|
|City, County, or other Local Government||19|
|International Government (all levels)||N/A|
|Private Sector – Research/Consulting||N/A|
|Private Sector (other)||17|
|Obtaining further education||2|
|Unemployed (not seeking employment)||N/A|
|Unemployed (seeking employment)||N/A|
Total Number of Students (fall 2020)
Full-time – 87
Part-time – 214
Total – 301
Jeremy L. Hall
Total number of faculty – 22