Fourth M.R.A. Program Cohort to Graduate in
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
The fourth cohort of M.R.A. 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 M.R.A. students and alumni have made significant
contributions to their profession which include but are not limited
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,
Publishing in peer reviewed journals (Atkins, Miner, McClellan,
Presenting at regional and national professional conferences
(Lenfest, Torguson, Kuntz, Minor, Atkins, 2013; Ward, Mercer, 2015,
Khan, Vallery 2016; Saites, Blackwell, 2017).
Many M.R.A. 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 M.R.A. 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.
We are currently accepting students for the Fall 2016 semester.
If you are interested in joining this incredible group of research
administration scholars and have any questions, please email the
program director, Jo Ann Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 M.R.A. 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 M.R.A. 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 M.R.A. program. -- April Heyward,
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.