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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

Master of Public Administration

Danny RiveraProgram Mission

The Master of Public Administration program provides high quality graduate education for current and prospective practitioners in public and nonprofit organizations. Within an evolving metropolitan environment, the program is designed to develop and enhance leadership and management skills essential to public and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum administers ethical principles, critical functions and professional skills to help students contribute to the policy process and become leaders and managers in public and nonprofit organizations. The MPA program uses a public governance model that proactively engages the diverse and changing citizenry.

Program Requirements

The MPA program curriculum consists of 42 credits. Students complete a core of nine courses (27 credits), an advanced curriculum of four courses (12 credits), and a capstone experience equivalent to one course (3 credits). Students must achieve a minimum grade of 3.0 ("B") for each core class and the capstone experience, and they must maintain an overall program grade point average of 3.0.


The total cost of the MPA program for an in-state student is $15,525, including tuition ($12,102) and fees ($3,422). For out-of-state students, the total cost is $50,150 ($45,079 tuition; $5,071 fees). Additional costs may be added and tuition is subject to change. For complete information, see UCF Tuition and Fees.

Application and Admission

Applications are accepted in the fall and spring semeters. Apply online at

Note: The Graduate Record Examination is not required except for those students wishing to compete for a fellowship

To be considered for admission, the following documentation must be on file with UCF by the appropriate application deadline date:

  • Undergraduate transcripts, and
  • Graduate transcripts (if another graduate degree in a related field has been completed), and
  • Supporting documents:
    - Resume
    - Statement of Interest
    - Three letters of recommendation from professors or professional individuals

The MPA program typically admits students with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, depending on space avilability; those whose undergraduate degree is still in progress may be admitted conditionally until the transcript is provided showing the final undergraduate GPA. Students with GPA below 3.0 may be offered a provisional admission, provided their portfolio demonstrates considerable promise for success.

Online Learning

Public administration students now have the option of completing their program requirements on campus, online or a combination of the two.

Transitioning into Online Learning
UCF offers an outstanding tutorial to answer questions about the online course platform, Canvas and learning online at Please take time to review this tutorial -- it will ease your transition into online learning.


Students without practical administrative experience in the public sector are strongly advised to complete an internship as part of their advanced curriculum. MPA students have the advantage of developing internship placements through our new Service Learning Coordinator, Mirtha Bailey. Internship placement varies by student interest and semester. Over the past six semesters (Summer 2015 through Fall 2016), a total of 13 MPA students have enrolled in internships for academic credit.

Graduation Rates

MPA students have considerable flexibility in completing the degree. Our program is designed so that a full-time student can easily complete the MPA during two full academic years (five semesters including summer). Many of our MPA students pursue the degree on a part-time basis, balancing their educational goals with work and family priorities. Graduation rates are reported on an "Academic Year -5" basis (AR-5). For the 2015-2016 academic year, graduation rates are based on students entering the program in 2010-2011. Of 85 entering students, 12 graduated within two academic years (100% of program design length; 5 semesters), 38 graduated within three academic years (150% of program design length), and 47 graduated within four academic years (200% of program design length).

Job Placement

MPA graduates go to work in various fields of the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Our 2015-2016 graduates work for:

U.S. Federal Government                                                       3

State, Provincial or Regional government                           8

City, County, or other Local Government                             11

International Government (all levels)                                   1

Nonprofit (domestic-oriented)                                               6

Nonprofit (internationally-oriented)                                       1

Private Sector - Research/Consulting                                  1

Private Sector (other)                                                               2

Obtaining further education                                                    7

Military Service                                                                           2

Unemployed (not seeking employment)                              2

Unemployed (seeking employment)                                    3

Status Unknown                                                                      16






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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