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The Graduate Certificate in Research Administration is an 18-credit online certificate that provides an overview of the core concepts in research administration for those interested in management within research organizations. The Certificate is intended to meet the needs of individuals seeking a focused experience in order to prepare for or advance their careers in research management and leadership. It is appropriate for students who seek to expand their knowledge, but who do not wish to commit to a master’s degree program.

Credit earned in the certificate program may be applied toward the Master of Research Administration (M.R.A.) degree. However, admission to the M.R.A. degree program has separate requirements from those of the certificate program and students considering continuing into the master’s degree should consult with a faculty adviser early in their certificate program. The Graduate Certificate in Research Administration requires that students complete 18 credit hours of courses. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate. The Certificate must be completed within three years.

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Total Credit Hours Required: 18 Credit Hours minimum beyond the Bachelor’s degree.

Required Courses:  12 Credit Hours

  • PAD 6742: Introduction to Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6743:  Leadership and Organization Models in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6747:  Audits in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6741:  Research Integrity for Research Administrators (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses:  6 Credit Hours

Select two courses from the following list:

  • PAD 6748: Governance and Regulatory Issues for Sponsored Programs (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6745: Contracting for Sponsored Programs (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6744: Financial Management in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6746: Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements:

An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 2.5 or above. Applications are accepted in the fall and spring semesters. All applicants must apply online.

Applications must include official transcripts, a resume, and a statement of interest. Employment in the field of research administration is preferred. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline. Admission to this certificate program is limited. Please refer to the specific program website for tuition rates.  The University of Central Florida does not accept State Employee Waivers for this certificate program.

Please note:  Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. More information is available here.

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Graduate Certificate in Research Administration

For Additional Information Contact:

Jo Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Program Director
College of Health and Public Affairs

Nasrin Lakhani, M.N.M.
Academic Services Coordinator
College of Health and Public Affairs

Career Opportunities

  • Associate or Assistant Vice President of Research
  • Business Incubator Manager
  • Clinical Research Administrator
  • Contracts and Grants Manager
  • Contracts Negotiator
  • Director of Export Controls
  • Director of Research Operations
  • Grant Specialist
  • IACUC Coordinator
  • IRB Manager or Administrator
  • Licensing Analyst
  • Program Manager or Coordinator
  • Proposal Manager or Writer
  • Research & Ethics Integrity Officer
  • Research Compliance Officer
  • Research Coordinator
  • Research Development Director
  • Senior Licensing Associate
  • Sponsored Research Director
  • Technology Manager
  • Technology Transfer Officer

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