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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

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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

Research Administration

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Academic Programs

The deadline to apply has been extended to July 15.

Fourth MRA Program Cohort to Graduate in August

The University of Central Florida was selected in 2009 by the National Council of Research Administrators to start an accredited and funded research administration program. Since the online Master of Research Administration and the Graduate Certificate in Research Administration were implemented in 2011, the program, housed within the School of Public Administration, has come a long way.

The fourth cohort of MRA students is preparing to graduate in August, just before the annual NCURA conference in Washington, D.C. After our summer commencement, a total of 60 students will have earned their master's degrees or graduate certificates in research adminsitration from UCF.

UCF MRA students and alumni have made significant contributions to their profession which include but are not limited to:

  • Developing an International collaborative project proposal that received over $800,000 to build research and administration at a research institution (Ward, 2015).
  • Helping a research team develop a program that obtained over $3 million in NIH funding in Uganda (Wakida, 2015).
  • Creating a strategic plan and becoming the director of a new department to support research integrity (Strong, 2015).
  • Establishing a strategic plan and then becoming the director of a community engagement program for a K-12 school district (Shoup, 2014).
  • Publishing in peer reviewed journals (Atkins, Miner, McClellan, Heyward, 2013)
  • Presenting at regional and national professional conferences (Lenfest, Torguson, Kuntz, Minor, Atkins, 2013; Ward, Mercer, 2015, Khan, Vallery 2016; Saites, Blackwell, 2017).

Many MRA graduates have also earned promotions and salary increases, professional service appointments and awards. We are very proud of their successes and for their efforts in moving the field of research administration forward.

The UCF MRA holistic curriculum was created with the input of a national advisory board of 25 recognized experts in top tier research organizations in the field of research administration, and with the support of instructional design specialists. The program boasts a 91 percent graduation rate, which is exceptional for an online program.

If you are interested in joining this incredible group of research administration scholars and have any questions, please email Nasrin Lakhani, director of academic support services, at nasrin@ucf.edu.

Quotes from Alumni

"This [program} exposes you to the full depth and breadth of what research administration is-from contracts, grants and compliance to federal and state -- as well as technology transfer, intellectual property and all the sundry of parts that go with a multi-million dollar research organization."  -- John Miner, '13

"My MRA took me from having a sense of know-how to being knowledgeable. I am able to provide better evidence of practice and compliance, vet grant funding opportunities with a critical lens, and administer public resources responsibly… my graduate degree in research administration promoted my skills and confidence."  -- Tamara Shoup, '14

The MRA program is a comprehensive program that covers all areas of research administration. The program teaches research administrators how to operate in academic institutions, the nonprofit arena, medical centers/hospitals and the industry itself. Moreover, the program places research administrators into the role of the researcher. My knowledge base has expanded and my knowledge, skills and abilities have increased due to the MRA program. -- April Heyward, '13

Featured Article

NcuraInaugural MRA Program Director Jo Ann Smith and adjunct instructor Jennifer Shambrook are the authors of "Future Trends: The Growing Diversity of Research Administration Observed in a Master of Research Program," the front-page article in the December 2015 issue of NCURA Magazine. Click here to read our article on it.

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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