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Quick Facts

  • 63 - Number of undergraduates who earned a degree 2015-16
  • 56 - Number of MPA graduates in 2015-16
  • 57 - Number of MNM graduates in 2015-16
  • 5 - Number of M.S.-URP graduates in 2015-16
  • 17 - National ranking of the MNM program by U.S. News and World Report
  • 63 - National ranking of the M.P.A. program by U.S. News and World Report
  • 13 - Number of MRA graduates in 2015-16
  • 193 - Total number of degrees awarded by SPA in 2015-16

Mailing Address

School of Public Administration
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-1395

Phone: 407-823-2604
Fax: 407-823-5651

Projects and Reports

P64_0296rSpring 2016 M.P.A. Capstone Project

This semester, students in the Spring 2016 M.P.A. Capstone class completed a project to study refugee integration challenges across six countries and to develop recommendations for municipal governments and NGOs to enhance capacity and ability to respond effectively to needs of this newcomer population. The students wrote for both Associate Professor Thomas Bryer, Ph.D., but also for Jolanta Vaiciuniene, the director of the Municipal Training Centre at Kaunas University of Technology. Vaiciuniene wrote a response to the students, providing critical feedback.

The purpose of the project was to provide high quality analysis that assists the Municipal Training Centre and its partner agencies to develop a high-impact education and training program that prepares communities to welcome and successfully introduce refugees into communities.

Capstone Portfolio - C. Woodell - CoverLearning and Professional Development Portfolio - Carrie Woodell (M.P.A. '14) 

Students in the M.P.A. program produce a portfolio that provides evidence of their learning as it relates to the program's core competencies. The project requires students to reflect on both their academic and professional work.

To create the portfolio, students collect and organize materials they've accumulated during their studies. This includes class assignments, class notes and self-assessments (using core-competency rubrics). Students also include an essay in which they summarize and reflect on what they've learned in terms of theory or skill development. In addition, they provide a biography, resume and copy of their LinkedIn page.

The completed portfolio provides evidence that the student has met the five major learning competencies (minimum threshold for compliance) set forth by the accrediting body, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Take a look at these portfolios from the Fall 2015 cohort: Christina Nguyen and Caryn Selph.

The hallmark of our work is our strong community engagement.
— Mary Ann Feldheim,  Ph.D., Associate Professor
"The University of Central Florida was a valuable preparation for both graduate school and for the world of work within the field of public affairs."
— Ben Hagen,  B.S. in public administration, '10; Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project
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