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Ready for what’s next in research? With a research administration degree, you can learn how to facilitate or conduct world-changing research. These online programs expand your skills and experience so you can advance your career in an exciting specialized industry. Unlock your potential today.

Choose from two different degree options designed to fit your schedule and timeline.

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Research Administrator

Why pursue a research administration program?

With an online degree or certificate in research administration from UCF Online, you’ll learn to master essential skills needed to grow your career as a practiced and ethical research administrator. From finding funding opportunities and writing grants to negotiating contracts and ensuring compliance, our online research degrees will help you learn the tools you need to work in a variety of public and private settings.

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What can you do with a research administration degree or certificate?

  • Prepare, review and negotiate contracts, subcontracts, research awards and agreements
  • Develop and implement research policies that adhere to appropriate regulatory requirements, ethical standards and best practices
  • Manage complex research budgets
  • Communicate with a vast team of personnel to prepare and submit grant proposals
  • Analyze and resolve post-award issues such as re-budgeting, change in personnel and more
  • Compile interim and annual reports based on reporting and evaluation requirements
  • Advise institutions relative to long-range planning strategies, financial forecasting and personnel management
  • Lead and supervise grants team to facilitate better benchmarks in grant awards, funding levels and project-related outcomes

Research Administration, MRA

Program at a Glance

Type
Online Master’s
College
Community Innovation and Education

Costs
$655.62
Per Credit Hour

16
Week
Terms
36
Credit Hours
Completion

Most Innovative University 2020

Equip leaders and organizations to conduct ethical, smart research.

Research administrators facilitate important work that spurs advancements across a wide variety of industries. When you earn your Master of Research Administration, you’ll enhance the qualifications and skills you need to deepen research that fuels innovation.

Through UCF Online you’ll acquire knowledge in important topics, including research, development and sponsored projects. You’ll graduate with a deep understanding of organizational development, financial management, contract negotiation, proposal development, and legal, ethical and regulatory compliance. In addition, you’ll be equipped to protect intellectual property and seek out new areas for collaboration.

UCF Online’s Master of Research Administration is offered completely online. Its flexible coursework prepares students to work in a variety of environments, including universities, hospitals, industry, research institutes and more. Get started today and harness the full power of transformative research.

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Master’s Application Deadline

Fall

July 1


Fall Int’l

February 1


Spring

December 1


Spring Int’l

July 1

Ready to begin
your journey?

Master’s
Application
Deadline

Fall

July 1


Int’l
Fall

February 1


Spring

December 1


Int’l
Spring

July 1

Ready to begin
your journey?

Start Now

Research Administration Graduate Certificate

Program at a Glance

Type
Online Certificate
College
Community Innovation and Education

Costs
$655.62
Per Credit Hour

16
Week
Terms
18
Credit Hours
Completion

Most Innovative University 2020

Harness the power of ethical, innovative research to advance numerous fields.

When you step into the role of a certified research administrator, you directly impact the important research that advances a number of fields. Your online graduate certificate through UCF Online will give you the knowledge you need without requiring the full commitment of a master’s degree program.

Through UCF Online, your research administration training will provide you with an in-depth understanding of research integrity, audits and more. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to focus your studies around topics such as contracting, financial management, intellectual property and regulatory issues. This strong foundation will position you to advance your career in the field of research management and leadership.

Upon completion of the certificate program, you’ll have strengthened the skills needed to oversee any number of research topics. This certificate program can be completed entirely online, allowing you the flexibility to earn your certificate according to your schedule. Get started today and begin your journey to a more rewarding career.

Research Administrator - Male

Certificate Application Deadline

Fall

July 1


Fall Int’l

February 1


Spring

December 1


Spring Int’l

July 1

Ready to begin
your journey?

Certificate
Application
Deadline

Fall

July 1


Int’l
Fall

February 1


Spring

December 1


Int’l
Spring

July 1

Ready to begin
your journey?

Start Now

Courses You’ll Take Include

Learn general management concepts in preparation for leadership roles in Research Administration. This course introduces the tools of managerial decision-making and team building along with discussing theories and principles of research and development organizations.

Examine the role of research administration in technology transfer and commercialization of new innovations, including intellectual property relating to copyright, patents and trademarks.

Strategic Planning and Management

Gain an understanding of how to examine and analyze planning, goal setting and strategic management in public sector organizations.

Full Course List Available in the Program Brochure.

Career Opportunities

The Research Administration programs help you develop the skills to prepare for some of the following positions in research if you can match your education with the necessary experience:

  • Clinical Research Administrator
  • Contracts and Grants Manager
  • Contracts Negotiator
  • Director of Export Controls
  • Director of Research Operations
  • Grant Specialist

Industry Insights

10%
Job Growth
Rate through 2028*

$73K
Median Pay
Nationwide*

*according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics August 2020

Admission Requirements

Applications for both the master’s and certificate programs are accepted in the fall, spring and summer. The master’s program requires a minimum 3.0 GPA and the certificate program requires a minimum 2.5 GPA, but there is no GRE requirement for either program.

Students should submit their applications, including any supporting materials, by the program’s deadline. Find the list of general UCF graduate admissions requirements. The programs also request the following for admission:

  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of goals
  • Resume
  • Master’s program only — 3 letters of recommendation

Frequently Asked Questions

Full-time students can complete the 36 credit-hour master’s program in approximately two years. We also offer an 18 credit-hour graduate certificate program that can be completed in one year.

The certificate program is ideal for students who are seeking a shorter program, may not desire a master’s degree, or may not meet the minimum GPA requirement for the master’s program.

Complete the form on this page and a dedicated enrollment coach will contact you in order to explore the best fit based on your goals and lifestyle.

Yes, you can transfer credits from the graduate certificate to the master’s program.

Transfer credits may be awarded on a case-by-case basis. Our enrollment coaches are here to help discuss your options.

This program is designed for students interested in a broader education in elements of research administration. Although we currently do not offer courses with a direct focus on clinical research administration, students are able to incorporate their interest in clinical research through class coursework.

Students can apply scholarships and grants to this program. We also recommend that students communicate with their employers to discuss opportunities for tuition reimbursement.



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.