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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

Strategic Plan


The UCF School of Public Administration is the preeminent source of public service leadership development for all communities in Central Florida, creating an internationally recognized model for professional education. Graduates of the School are culturally competent professionals who are effective communicators and well-prepared to manage their organizations and lead their communities. Collectively, the School's faculty, students, staff, and alumni work collaboratively with citizens to demonstrably address the most daunting of societal challenges.


The UCF School of Public Administration prepares students for professional public service leadership through a curriculum set on a foundation of scholarship, ethical principles, and engagement that creates relevant and accessible knowledge to address complex societal issues in Central Florida and beyond.


The UCF School of Public Administration is dedicated to advancing public service values and civic leadership in all programmatic areas. For our faculty, staff, and students, public service values are demonstrated by adhering to ethical principles of behavior and by acting in a professional manner.

Ethical Principles
We advocate the following ethical principles of conduct as the foundation of public service:

Integrity -- to serve in a honest, transparent manner while honoring promises;
Benevolence - to promote the public good, avoid doing harm, and respect the worth of each individual;
Fairness -- to act in way that is just and equitable to all, while avoiding undue burden on the most vulnerable in our society; and
Social Justice -- to identify and address the unfair burdens experienced by groups of individuals through intentional and unintentional policies, laws, and societal projects and practices.

Professional Principles
We advocate the following professional principles to advance public service as a profession:

Commitment -- to pursue a passion for the public interest with accountability and transparency;
Competence -- to utilize the most current knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve the public interest with efficiency and objectivity;
Scholarship -- to cherish and honor learning that enriches the human experience;
Stewardship -- to accept responsibility for decisions and actions regarding the protection of public resources;
Diversity and Inclusiveness -  to respect and value all perspectives and experiences, creating an environment that is open to all; and
Leadership - to inspire others to advance the public interest while actively promoting democratic participation and collaboration.

The Strategic Plan Process

The School began the process of completing this strategic plan in the fall of 2012 at the annual retreat, which included faculty members, staff members, student representatives, alumni, and community board members. At that time the strengths and challenges for the School were identified. The next step at the retreat was to identify the goals for the School based on the discussion of the strengths and challenges. The decision was made by the attendees at the retreat to align the goals of the School with the goals of the University of Central Florida.  A taskforce was created for each of the five goals of the university with the assignment of developing school goals, objectives, and strategies that align with the university's goals:

  1. Offer the best undergraduate education available in Florida
  2. Achieve international prominence in key programs of graduate study and research
  3. Provide international focus to our curricula and research programs
  4. To become more inclusive and diverse
  5. Be America's leading partnership university.

At the School meetings held during the fall of 2012, the specifics of the strategic plan for the School were crafted and approved by the faculty members at the January 2013 School meeting.   Each programmatic area is developing a strategic plan to provide guidance for the next three years, which will be completed by the end of the spring 2013 Semester.

School of Public Administration Strategic Plan 2012-2017

The School of Public Administration's current goals and objectives include the following:

  • Goal 1: Develop competency based programs and support systems to ensure that undergraduate students are prepared for success upon graduation.
    • Establish competency-based quality undergraduate curriculum in all programs that integrates national competencies and faculty established competencies.
    • Increase events for student/alumni interaction offering a minimum of one (1) event per semester.
    • Increase number of students in internship programs and study abroad courses.
    • Develop school scholarship program for undergraduate students.
    • Increase retention rates and graduation rates annually.
    • Increase enrollment in undergraduate programs.
  • Goal 2: Achieve international prominence in graduate programs and research.
    • Establish competency-based quality graduate curriculum in all programs that integrates national competencies and faculty established competencies.
    • Increase retention rates and graduation rates annually.
    • Increase events for student/alumni interaction offering a minimum of one (1) event per semester.
    • Increase the number of quality graduate student applied research projects.
    • Improve the national rankings of the School's Graduate Programs. 
    • Create a PhD program that embraces the values and focus of the School.
  • Goal 3: Strengthen and expand internationalization of School programs and CPNM.
    • Strengthen and expand partnerships domestically and internationally with a minimum of one international activity each semester.
    • Enhance curriculum (undergraduate and graduate) with international studies.
    • Increase international research.
    • Enhance program opportunities for international students.
  • Goal 4: The School makes diversity and inclusiveness cornerstones of all activities.
    • Increase funding for applied research related to issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice through the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management (CPNM).
    • Increase the production of high quality academic publications on issues of diversity and inclusiveness.
    • Provide faculty with annual training and resources to promote the diversity awareness and exposure in courses across SPA programs.
    • Incorporate diversity into the curriculum design across all programs.
    • Increase the provision of services to multicultural communities and stakeholders in and around Central Florida.
    • Increase the capacity building programs offered by students and faculty members.
  • Goal 5: Build and maintain partnerships to strengthen research, teaching and service.
    • Annually increase the number of community leaders that participate in the classroom.
    • Increase opportunities to promote a culture of life-long learning.

Note: The objectives in the full plan each contain measures and time for completion, which the advisory board uses for assessment.

Click here to view the strategic plan for 2017-2021. To learn more about the school's history, click here. 

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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