2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    Nov 12, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration Graduate Certificate ►

College: Health and Public Affairs Degree: CRT
Department: School of Public Administration Option: Nonthesis
Program Websites: http://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/publicadmin/public-administration/graduate-programs/graduate-certificate/

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration is designed to provide students with enhanced knowledge and skills in public service. This program is offered completely online.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration provides graduate-level continuing education for both in-service and pre-career students. The program emphasizes the managerial skills essential for local government programs in an evolving metropolitan environment. The knowledge gained can strengthen the student’s professional standing and help open doors to managerial and support positions.

Credits earned in the certificate program may be applied toward the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. However, admission to the MPA degree program has separate requirements from those of the certificate program and students considering continuing into the master’s degree should familiarize themselves with credit transfer policy and should consult with a faculty adviser early in their certificate program. The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration requires that students complete 18 credit hours. 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.

Please note: Public Administration Graduate Certificate may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.


The Public Administration graduate certificate requires 18 credit hours of courses, including 15 credit hours of required courses and 3 credit hours of an elective course.

Total Credit Hours Required: 18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses: 15 Credit Hours

Students must achieve a grade of “B-” (80%) or better in every course. Grades ‘C’ or lower cannot be used to fulfill certificate requirements. Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Restricted Elective Courses: 3 Credit Hours

Choose one course from the following list.

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

All applicants to this certificate program will be required to submit:

  • One official transcript meeting the minimum GPA requirement of 2.5, in a sealed envelope, from each college/university attended.
  • A current, professional résumé.
  • Statement of Goals: This is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant’s ability to express him or herself in writing. The goal statement must be no longer than two pages and should address the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing graduate study in Public Administration, including your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of Public Administration interest you?
    • Work and/or Voluntary experience
  • Applicants who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Materials received after the established deadline may not be considered. Admission to this certificate is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

Application Deadlines

Public Administration Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jun 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided in the link below is the best that is available to us. This information represents one year’s data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to current and prospective students, as you make your career and educational choices.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information - Public Administration  

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Jeremy Hall PhD
Telephone: 407-823-1921

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233