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Program at a Glance

College of Community Innovation and Education
Public Administration, Schl of
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Lead a Fulfilling Career Through Building Public Interest and Social Equity

The BA in Public Administration program at UCF focuses on both a theoretical and application approach, ensuring that you have the technical skills and theoretical knowledge to help organizations such as government agencies and nonprofits advance the interests of the public. Through your courses, explore the fundamental elements of public management, fiscal management and public policy. You’ll demonstrate an understanding of how policies are implemented and how to mitigate potential challenges caused by policies, specifically related to government agencies.

As a public administration major, you are also required to complete a minor. Choose from minors including emergency management and homeland security, urban and regional planning, nonprofit management or another program offered outside of the School of Public Administration (which must be approved by the undergraduate program coordinator). Classes are offered face-to-face at UCF Downtown, mixed-mode and online. This provides you with the flexibility and convenience needed to balance school, work and life.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to gain entry-level employment in a variety of environments including government, nonprofits, and think tanks or other nongovernmental organizations. Positions related to this field often include managing government or organizational operations, anticipating and evaluating public needs, and implementing policies and programs to support a community and its residents.

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The public administration program requires an internship that provides students an opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in public-focused organizations such as nonprofits or municipal, county, state or federal government.
Our international dual degree program allows students to pursue a BS/BA in nonprofit management from UCF and a BS in public administration from a university in Lithuania.
The job outlook for public administration-related careers is projected to grow 7 percent through 2028.
The median annual pay for public administration-related careers is $66,000.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

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Course Overview

The Administration of Public Policy

Explore problems of values, interests, and objectives and their impact on the administration of public programs, stressing the interplay between social values, policies and administration.

Learn the history, operating components, structural characteristics and increasing impact of laws and related sanctions on personnel practices of public agencies.

Analyze methods of securing public funds, the process of budget making, and techniques of management used in managing public funds.

A combination of coursework, applied learning and student association participation provides opportunities for students to demonstrate and articulate the public service values of integrity, benevolence, fairness and social justice. After mastering the competencies of each discipline, students will ‘be good’ at the work they do. Through the development and adherence to public service values, students will ‘do good’ in the communities they serve.”

— Stephanie Krick, Ph.D., UCF associate lecturer and academic program coordinator

Public Administration Skills You’ll Learn

  • Analyze policy issues and problems, articulate relevant decision-making criteria for policy analysis and evaluate alternative policy solutions.
  • Manage complex projects for a local government or nonprofit agency.
  • Demonstrate a leadership approach that considers public interest and social equity and how they are reflected in governmental fiscal administration.
  • Perform analysis and evaluations of data, reports, contracts, etc.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of compensation models, benefits packages and evaluation methods toward attracting competent and qualified personnel.
  • Support the process of preparing and implementing annual budgets.
  • Perform research and analysis of local, state and federal legislation and public policy issues.
  • Research, draft and edit a variety of products, reports and publications to advance the organizational mission.

Career Opportunities

  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Program Analyst
  • Budget Analyst
  • Grants Coordinator
  • Research Associate
  • Public Information Specialist
  • Government Affairs Associate

Public Administration News

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New UCF Project Will Put Downtown Orlando Air Quality Data in Residents’ Hands
More than 100 air sensors will be installed throughout Downtown Orlando and will provide near-real-time data about air quality to residents via smart devices.

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