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Program at a Glance

Online Master's
College of Community Innovation and Education
Credit Hours
Most Innovative University 2022

Create meaningful change in the public sector.

When you invest in your career by earning your Master of Public Administration, you’re not just becoming a better leader, you’re also creating expansive opportunities for yourself and the public service you provide.

With a focus on strategic planning, public policy, organizational management, financial management and more, the Master of Public Administration offered by UCF Online will prepare you for employment or career advancement. Your coursework will incorporate service learning, provide real-world experiences, develop community partnerships and cultivate leadership skills. UCF’s online MPA degree is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Additionally, the School of Public Administration has partnered with the department of criminal justice and the nonprofit management program to offer two online dual degree options. To advance your career in both the nonprofit and public sectors, explore UCF Online’s program for earning your MPA and your Master of Nonprofit Management simultaneously. Get started today.

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Nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report among the Best Graduate Public Administration Programs.
No GRE Required.

Application Deadlines

June 1
November 1

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Course Overview

Public Administration in the Policy Process

Explore and analyze the of the role of the public administrator in the analysis, formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policies, especially at the state and local levels.

Commence in a critical examination of the structure, functioning and performance of public organizations as well as the behavior of individuals and groups.

Explore the political and rational examination of the government budgetary process and document to better understand their managerial, policy, planning, and communication functions.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Interpret major policies, court rulings and administrative guidelines governing personnel in the public sector.
  • Apply organizational development theories in leadership and resource management.
  • Facilitate the complex nature of intergovernmental relations among local, state, federal and private organizations.

Career Projections


Annual Job


Job Growth
2019 - 2029

Source: Lightcast™ . 2024

Career Opportunities

  • Administrative services manager
  • City manager
  • City planner
  • Non-profit manager
  • Education administrator
  • Program analyst