The college also offers graduate programs (master's degree
programs, graduate certificate programs and doctoral
In addition to its program offerings in Orlando, the
college offers many courses and programs at UCF's regional campuses and
through web-based technology.
Shawn Lawrence (Social Work)
received a $915,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration to train students
and local health care providers to use the SBIRT protocol, shown to
reduce and prevent substance abuse disorders.
Kristina Fisher (Criminal Justice)
is the UCF principal investigator for a $2.2 million
National Institute of Justice grant in which she,
Roberto Potter (Criminal Justice) and Kim Gryglewicz (Social Work)
are partnering with Brevard Public Schools to learn what works to
make schools safe.
Jennifer Kent-Walsh (Communication
Sciences and Disorders) secured a $437,812 grant from the
National Institutes of Health to evaluate the
impact of an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
intervention program for preschool children with severe speech
Naim Kapucu (Public Administration)
and Boo Hyun Nam (UCF Engineering) received a $135,000 grant from
the South Korean Institute of Agricultural Science
to benchmark hazard response systems in the U.S. and enhance
response systems in rural Korea.
Many of the college's students gain real-world experience while
addressing needs in the community through service-learning. For
example, nearly 200 health services administration majors annually
complete a semester-long internship in a health care
Many of the college's faculty members share their professional
expertise by serving on boards or as consultants to local, state
and national organizations. Others hold leadership positions in
regional and national organizations.
College alumni serve the nation and region in many ways. A few
The police chief for the cities of Atlantic Beach, Apopka, Lake
Mary, Oakland, Ocoee and Titusville in Florida,
as well as the UCF Police Department, are graduates of the
college's criminal justice or public administration programs.
The managers of Lake, Osceola, Sarasota and St. Lucie counties
in Florida are graduates of the college's public administration
The vice president/COO of Health First Palm Bay Hospital is a
two-time graduate of the college's health management and
The president/CEO of the Florida Health Care Coalition is a
graduate of the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs.
The college has an extensive network of partnerships with
public and private organizations that focus on strengthening
communities, including the following:
The School of Social Work led a $2.3
million contract, funded by the Florida Department of Children and
Families and conducted in collaboration with 14 schools of social
work in Florida, to educate
students for work as child protective investigators and case
managers for the state.
The Center for Community Schools
and Child Welfare Innovation partners with school districts and
communities throughout Florida to plan, implement and evaluate
community schools based on a model developed at Evans High School
in Orlando. For 2016-17, the center received $1.2 million from the
state Legislature to support its efforts.
Undergraduate students - 8,615 Graduate students - 1,627 Master's - 1,369
Doctoral - 185
Professional Certificate - 73
TOTAL STUDENTS - 10,242
Faculty & Staff
Faculty members - 182
Staff members - 108
Six academic programs
in the college are ranked in the top 100 nationwide
by U.S. News & World Report Graduate Schools
(March 2016 issue):
Master of Nonprofit Management
Master of Science in Criminal
Master of Science in Health Sciences
- Health Services Administration Track*
Master of Arts in Communication
Sciences and Disorders*
Master of Public
Master of Social Work
*Largest program of its kind in the
The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann, M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley, B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson, Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr, V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith, Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith, Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta, Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward, Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen, Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual, Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13),