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Program at a Glance

Online Master’s
Community Innovation and Education

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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 Requirements

In order to earn your Master’s in Master of Public Administration, you’ll need to complete 42 credit hours of graduate course work.

Number of Core Classes

Students in the Master of Public Administration, MPA will complete 27 credit hours toward core courses, 12 credits toward electives and 3 credits toward a capstone experience.

Courses You’ll Take Include

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.

Public Budgeting

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 Gain

  • 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.
Explore the full course list within the program brochure.

Career Opportunities

This program will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in your field. The skills gained from this program combined with your professional experience will enable you to grow within your field. Some positions that may be available to you upon graduation include:


Annual Job Openings


Median Salary for the Public Administration field nationwide

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Job Titles

  • administrative services manager
  • city manager
  • city planner
  • director of education
  • education administrator
  • non-profit manager
  • program analyst

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Why UCF Online?

With over 25 years of experience in online teaching and learning, UCF Online offers students an innovative approach to education. Our degrees are accessible, convenient and designed with working professionals in mind so you can receive a quality education on your terms.

Online Support for Success

You’ve made the decision to continue your education and we’re here to help. From the moment you express interest in a UCF Online program, you’re assigned an enrollment coach to help you navigate everything from completing an application to understanding tuition and the financial aid resources available to you. Once you’re admitted, you’ll be transitioned to a personal success coach who will support you with maintaining school-life balance from the first day of classes through graduation. You’ve committed to furthering your education and we’re committed to guiding you along the way. Connect with a coach now.

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