Public Administration

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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

B.A./B.S. in Public Administration

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UCF offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. Both programs provide opportunities for students to prepare for a career in government, nonprofit or closely related business fields. They are oriented toward the challenges of local government, growth management and the environment. Students complete either the B.A. or B.S. program with the analytic and management skills needed for employment as public administrators.

Program Requirements

All students must complete three program pre-requisite courses in American government, macroeconomics and computer skills. Students selecting the B.A. program must complete an additional language requirement at the university level. Students selecting the B.S. program must complete two additional technical courses.

The core curriculum for the bachelor's degree consists of 21 credits. Courses cover public administration in society, administration of public policy, administrative writing for the public sector, administrative theory, fiscal management, human resource administration and survey research.

All students also must complete 21 credits of public administration (PAD) courses at the 3000-4000 level, 21 credits of electives from PAD courses, and 18 credits of additional electives chosen from such fields as accounting, legal studies, communications, computer science, criminal justice, economics, political science, social work, sociology and statistics.

For the most current information about this program, see the UCF Undergraduate Catalog

Online Learning

Public administration students may complete some of their program requirements online.

Transitioning into Online Learning
UCF offers an outstanding tutorial to answer questions about the online course platform, Canvas and learning online at Please take time to review this tutorial -- it will ease your transition into online learning.

Admission and Major Declaration

There are no additional requirements for admission into an undergraduate public administration program beyond admission to UCF. Rather, students must complete an electronic Declaration of Major form.

There is no program-specific application deadline for this degree as it is an open-enrollment program. However, students must comply with all UCF and College of Health and Public Affairs procedures and deadlines.

Learn more about UCF admissions and apply online at

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