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Quick Facts

  • Top 25% - Ranking among doctoral programs in "Public Policy, Public Affairs and Public Administration" according to the National Research Council
  • 72 - Number of students enrolled in the program in Fall 2016
  • 12 - Number of program graduates in 2015-16

Program Description

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UCF's Doctoral Program in Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary program that draws on the strengths of faculty members in criminal justice, health management and informatics, public administration, and social work. The program prepares students for academic appointments in colleges and universities as well as research and leadership positions in public, nonprofit and private agencies. The dynamic mix of an interdisciplinary faculty, together with students from varied backgrounds, creates a stimulating environment to examine many of the contemporary social ills communities are currently facing. 

To learn more about the program's disciplinary tracks, contact the track coordinators below.

Visit the UCF Graduate Catalog for detailed information about the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs.



Criminal Justice

Cohpa _151105_001Matt Nobles, Ph.D., Track Coordinator   

Criminal Justice Track, UCF Graduate Catalog



Governance and Policy

Robyne Stevenson - Track PhotoRobyne Stevenson, Ph.D., Track Coordinator   

Governance and Policy Track, UCF Graduate Catalog




Health Services Management and Research

Su-I Ho - PAF CoordinatorSu-I Hou, Dr.PH. CPH, MCHES, RN, Track Coordinator   

Health Services Management and Research TrackUCF Graduate Catalog




Public Administration

Thomas Bryer - PAF CoordinatorThomas Bryer, Ph.D., Track Coordinator   

Public Administration TrackUCF Graduate Catalog




Social Work

Kim ANderson - PAF CoordinatorKim Anderson, Ph.D., Track Coordinator   

Social Work Track, UCF Graduate Catalog

If we can change the system and bring people together to have the right kind of conversations, then we can really make a long-term change in people's lives -- and that is the goal.
— Nancy Ellis,  Director, Center for Community Partnerships, UCF; Ph.D., public affairs, '07
I am especially proud to be a graduate of the program. The outstanding faculty and multidisciplinary curriculum have provided me with the unique opportunity to enjoy the kind of academic career I always envisioned.
— Joe Saviak,  Assistant Director and Associate Professor, Public Administration Program, Flagler College; Ph.D., public affairs, '07
Our goals are to offer students a venue for exploring interdisciplinary approaches to policy issues, building various skills for the professional work environment and creating comradery among PAF students.
— Lauren O'Bryne,  Doctoral Student and Secretary, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs Student Organization
I like the interactions that I have with my professors as advisors in developing my dissertation because they are critical, yet encouraging at the same time.
— Matt Bagwell,  Doctoral Student and Graduate Research Assistant, Rural Health Research Group
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