2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Public Administration MPA, Nonprofit Management MNM Dual Degree Track ►

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: MPA
Department: School of Public Administration Option: Nonthesis
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/public-administration/

Track Description

The Public Administration MPA – Nonprofit Management MNM Dual Degree Track provides the opportunity for students to earn graduate degrees from two academic programs, the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Nonprofit Management, concurrently. The program emphasizes nonprofit management and public administration research, theory, policy and organizational administration to prepare future public service organizational leaders in public, nonprofit, social service, and private organizations. After successful completion of the Dual Degree program, students will receive two diplomas - one for the Public Administration MPA and one for the Nonprofit Management MNM degree.

Students seeking admission to the MNM/MPA Dual Degree program should apply directly to the Dual Degree track of either the Public Administration MPA program or the Nonprofit Management MNM program. Only one application will be required. If admitted, a student will be active in the Dual Degree tracks of both the Public Administration MPA and the Nonprofit Management MNM programs.

Students previously admitted to the Public Administration MPA or the Nonprofit Management MNM program should consult with their adviser prior to completing 18 credit hours if interested in the MNM/MPA Dual Degree program.

Please note: Public Administration (MPA) 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 dual degree track (Master of Public Administration / Master of Nonprofit Management) consists of 54 credit hours. Each student completes all the core courses for each program including 42 credit hours of core courses, 6 credit hours of research methods and statistics core courses and 6 credit hours of capstone courses.

Courses and credit hours used for undergraduate degrees cannot be counted toward the MPA/MNM track, except for Senior Scholar students who, with the permission of the MPA and MNM program directors, may use up to 9 credit hours of graduate coursework that was used in their undergraduate degree toward credit in the dual degree program.

Total Credit Hours Required: 54 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Research Methods/Statistics Core Requirements: 6 Credit Hours

Capstone Core Requirements: 6 Credit Hours

Students will engage in a capstone experience for both the MPA and the MNM programs that builds upon the knowledge and skills gained from completing the core courses. Students will complete this requirement through enrollment in PAD 6149 - Nonprofit Administration  and PAD 6062 - Advanced Concepts and Applications in Public Administration . Capstone courses may only be taken following the completion of all core courses; they may not be combined with core courses in the same semester.  Capstone courses are offered fall and spring semesters only.

Additional Program Requirements

Students must achieve a grade of “B-” (80%) or higher in every course listed under core 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.

Independent Learning

Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum, through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Tangible projects such as scholarly research, papers, internships, and the capstone experience also contribute to the self-development of students. The research paper and Learning and Professional Development portfolio in the Capstone Experience focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary issues in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices. The capstone courses, PAD 6062 and PAD 6149, provide the independent learning experience.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • An official transcript meeting the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), in a sealed envelope, from each college/university attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must specifically address the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate coursework and his or her work ethic. Recommendation letters from professors are preferred, however, letters from supervisors are also acceptable.
  • Résumé: The most current, professional resume should be provided.
  • 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:
    • Reason for pursuing graduate study in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, including future goals and plans.
    • Specific areas of Nonprofit Management and Public Administration of interest.
    • Relevant experience, paid or as a volunteer
    • What makes the applicant a special candidate for admission to this limited access program.
  • Applicants applying to this program 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  Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
  • All International students must meet university minimum TOEFL score requirements regardless of the language in which the undergraduate program was completed.

Admission to this dual degree track is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum university and/or program application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

All requested material must be submitted by the established deadline date. Material received after the established deadline may not be considered.

Students are expected to be computer literate upon entry to the program or are expected to obtain these skills immediately upon admission to the program.

Application Deadlines

Nonprofit Management MNM Dual Degree *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jun 1 Nov 1  
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1  
*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


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, Public Administration Programs
Telephone: 407-823-3925

Edlira Dursun, MPA, MNM
Graduate Adviser, MPA, MPP Programs
Telephone: 407-823-1139

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

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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