The interdisciplinary doctoral program in public affairs at UCF was established in 1998 and is based at UCF Downtown in the heart of downtown Orlando. Situated in the School of Public Administration, the doctoral program features representation from public administration, social work, health management, criminal justice, governance and urban education. The program prepares students for academic appointments in colleges and universities as well as research and leadership positions in public, nonprofit and private agencies. The dynamic mix of an interdisciplinary faculty with students from varied backgrounds creates a stimulating environment to examine many of the contemporary social ills communities are currently facing.

The program includes a distinguished group of faculty members who are interested in fostering collaborative and transdisciplinary perspectives to solve societal issues and problems. As a global program, the doctorate in public affairs has produced more than 30 international graduates from countries such as China, South Korea, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, South Africa, Taiwan and Ethiopia.

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Department Office
Dr. Phillips Academic Commons (DPAC), Suite 446

Academic Program Coordinator
Jeremy Hall, Ph.D.

Academic Advisor
Jesica Lovelace

Where Do Our Graduates Work?

Graduates of UCF's doctoral program in public affairs go on to work in a variety of industries.

PRIVATE SECTOR

13%

CONSULTING

7%

ACADEMIA

53%

NONPROFIT

10%

GOVERNMENT / PUBLIC

17%

Program Details

Full-time students enroll in nine hours per semester and part-time students enroll in six hours per semester. All courses are offered face-to-face during the evenings from 6:00 to 8:50 p.m. Students may vary their plan of study to move from full-time to part-time or vice versa, if necessary.

The 60-credit doctoral curriculum comprises multiple core competencies designed to train next-generation scholars and practitioners to study social problems and to effectively communicate with academic- and practitioner-based constituencies. Domains such as critical and analytical thinking, research methods and statistics, leadership and engagement, and communication and dissemination encapsulate this approach. By diverging from classical approaches typically embodied within a single academic field, which feature only a single set of theories, traditions and examples, the interdisciplinary public affairs orientation encourages broader and more innovative strategies, partnerships and impacts. For more information, please visit the graduate catalog.

UCF has several funding resources to help doctoral students fund their education, such as assistantships, fellowships and student loans. Additionally the College of Community Innovation and Education offers various scholarships to support graduate students.

College of Community Innovation and Education Faculty

Thomas Bryer, Ph.D.

Professor

Public Administration

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Jeremy Hall, Ph.D.

Professor and Academic Program Coordinator

Public Administration, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs

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Su-I Hou, Dr.P.H., C.P.H., M.C.H.E.S., R.N.

Professor and Interim Chair

Health Management and Informatics

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L. Trenton S. Marsh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Learning Sciences

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Lawrence Martin, Ph.D., MSW, MBA

Professor

Public Administration

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Amanda Wilkerson, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

Higher Education

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Staci Zavattaro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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College of Health Professions and Sciences Faculty

Tracy Wharton, Ph.D., MEd, MSc, MSW, LCSW

Associate Professor, Public Affairs-Social Work Program Liaison

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