2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Research Administration MRA ►

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

Program Description

The Master in Research Administration provides the professional skills and management theories and techniques to prepare individuals to practice as highly trained and ethical research administrators. The completely online program builds a solid foundation in research administration and leadership that enables graduates to work in a variety of research organizations such as universities, hospitals and medical centers, industry, and research institutes and centers.

This program is a professional program and is considered a part-time program. For more information, please visit www.ce.ucf.edu/Program-Search/1381/Master-Of-Research-Administration/.

Graduates of the program will be able to: integrate the history and values of the profession into a professional identity; apply organizational development theories in leadership and human resource management; demonstrate knowledge of and compliance with the legal, ethical and regulatory framework that governs research; apply sound financial management concepts in proposal development and funded sponsored projects; negotiate and monitor sponsored contracts and subcontracts; write and evaluate grant proposals; apply the law in regards to intellectual property, technology transfer and commercialization; identify new areas for collaborative grant opportunities; and respond to financial and non-financial audits of research grants and contracts. 

Please note: Master of Research Administration (MRA) 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 Master in Research Administration program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program is offered completely online in a lock-step and cohort-based model. Students take two courses each semester and complete the degree program in two years (six semesters). In the final course students complete an evaluation project as a culminating activity that engages them in the application of theory, research policy, regulatory frameworks, ethics, and professional standards and practices within their area of focus.

Total Credit Hours Required: 36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses: 36 Credit Hours

Additional Program Requirements

  • Students must achieve a grade of “B-” (80%) or higher in all Research Administration concentration courses (PAD 67XX level and PAD 6327 ).
  • 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.

Cost Per Credit Hour

For the Master of Research Administration program, the cost per credit hour is $655.62.*

*Fee is subject to change

Independent Learning

Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry, dialogue and service learning. Tangible projects such as strategic plans, grant proposals, commercialization plans and case studies along with research projects, scholarly papers, internships, and presentations at professional conferences also contribute to the self development of our students.

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 specifically for the MRA program. Letters of recommendation should be from professors, researchers, or professional research administrators who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate coursework and his or her work ethic.
  • Résumé: The most current, professional resume should be provided.
  • Statement of goals: The goal statement 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 single-spaced, one-inch margins, and no longer than two pages (500-800 words). Applicant must address each item listed below when completing the goal statement:
    • Reason for pursuing graduate study in research administration, including future goals and plans.
    • Topics or areas of special interest in research administration.
    • Expectations of the graduate program.
    • What the applicant will bring to the program that would make him or her 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 World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
  • All International students must meet university minimum TOEFL requirements regardless of the language in which the undergraduate program was completed.

This program does not accept State Employee Waivers.

Admission to this program is limited. The Master in Research Administration is a highly competitive program that admits one cohort annually in the fall semester. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to this program because once the cohort reaches capacity for an entering class, admissions will be closed for that academic year.

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

Students are expected to be computer literate upon entry to the program. This program is completely online, so computer skills and computer internet access are necessary to take the courses.

Application Deadlines

Research Administration MRA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants   Jan 15 Jul 1 Nov 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.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Angela White-Jones PhD
Program Director
Telephone: 407-823-2604

Nasrin Lakhani
Telephone: 407-823-0912

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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