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.
Where Do Our Graduates Work?
Graduates of UCF's doctoral program in public affairs go on to work in a variety of industries.
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.