2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 07, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration (B.A. or B.S.)

College of Health and Public Affairs
School of Public Administration,
Health and Public Affairs II, Room: 238

Dr. Stephanie Krick, Stephanie.krick@ucf.edu, 407-823-2604

The School of Public Administration provides the highest quality undergraduate education for students interested in working in the public and private sectors, as well as, nonprofit organizations. The school strives to achieve local, state and national prominence through contemporary curriculum, innovative instruction, scholarly and applied research, and community service. Programs and services develop and enhance management skills essential to public and nonprofit organizations oriented towards an evolving metropolitan environment. The school offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Administration. The program provides opportunities for students to prepare for employment as public administrators and produces graduates with the public management skills and analytical techniques needed for successful careers in government, nonprofit and related business fields.

Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students should complete the General Education Program and the Common Program Prerequisites before transferring within the Florida College System or State University System.
  • Students should consult with a departmental advisor on a regular basis.
  • Students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) in each course accepted as a common program prerequisite and Core Requirement (see sections 2 and 3 below).
  • No transfer course will be accepted with a grade lower than a “C” (2.0).
  • The courses designated in sections 1 (General Education) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) should usually be completed in the first 60 hours.
  • Students must earn a 2.5 GPA in the major (all PAD Courses) in order to graduate.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural and Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (3 Credit Hours)

See “Common Prerequisites ” in the Transfer and Transition Services section

Core Requirements: Basic Level

  • None

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (24 Credit Hours)

All core requirements must be completed with a minimum major GPA of (2.5) to satisfy the major.

Restricted Electives (24 Credit Hours)

Required Minor or Certificate in the School of Public Administration (18 Credit Hours)

  • Students must complete a minor or certificate from the School of Public Administration offered at UCF. Choose from: Emergency Management and Homeland Security; Nonprofit Management/National Certification in Nonprofit Management or the Certificate in Nonprofit Management; and Urban and Regional Planning , or other minor approved by the Undergraduate Program Director, excluding the minor in Public Administration. The minor cannot overlap with any other major requirement, PAD Core or BS required course. Students pursuing a minor outside the School of Public Administration must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours within that minor. Should that minor not require 18 credit hours the student must fulfill the 18 hour minor requirement by completing courses within the field of public administration.

Supporting Upper-Division Electives (6 Credit Hours)

  • Students pursuing the B.A. degree must complete six upper-level credits. These courses may be taken from the School of Public Administration or outside the School of Public Administration, as long as the prerequisites have been met.
  • Students pursuing the B.S. degree must complete six upper-level credits. These courses must be selected from the approved list of courses provided by the School of Public Administration.

Capstone Requirements

  • None


  • Students are encouraged to select courses as electives or other courses that will enhance their background in the public administration field. These may be used to build minors and certificates offered by the University. Examples include: Business, Criminal Justice, Diplomacy, Economics, Environmental Studies, Florida Studies, Global Peace and Security Studies, Health Services Administration, Leadership Studies, Legal Studies, Political Science, and Terrorism Studies.
  • The University requires 48 upper-level credits in order to graduate, students choosing the Nonprofit Management minor with the Generalist Emphasis may need to take additional upper-level electives to satisfy the University requirement.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Two years of one foreign language in high school, or one year of one foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.


  • Students pursuing the B.A. degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to two semesters or one year at the college level, beyond University requirement. ASL I, II and III can also be used to fulfill this requirement.

Additional Requirements

  • None

Required Minors

Students must complete a minor or certificate from the School of Public Administration offered at UCF or another minor approved by the Undergraduate Program Director. Minors in Public Administration can include Emergency Management and Homeland Security; Nonprofit Management/National Certification in Nonprofit Management; and Urban and Regional Planning. Excluding the minor in Public Administration. The minor cannot overlap with any other major requirement, PAD Core or BS required course.

Departmental Exit Requirements

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

  • Admission: Applications to the Honors in the Major program must be approved by the Associate Dean of the Honors College and a Faculty Advisor in the School of Public Administration.

Related Programs


  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • Orientation and advising are two of the most valuable tools that a student can make use of when transferring to UCF. Be sure that you take advantage of both.
  • Students are urged to have access to a personal computer, modem, and appropriate software to interact with the University and professors.

Transfer Notes

  • Florida College System students are advised to complete the Associate of Arts degree, to include the general education requirements and the common program prerequisites.
  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be formally evaluated for equivalency credit.
  • The student must provide a course syllabus and any additional supporting documentation with his/her petition for this evaluation.
  • Common Program Prerequisites for the State University System for the School of Public Administration programs include POS 2041 - American National Government ECO 2013 - Principles of Macroeconomics , ECO 2023 - Principles of Microeconomics , Statistics (STA 2014C  or STA 2023 ), and Introduction to Computer (CGS1000, CGS 1060C , or CGS 2100C ).
  • Subject to the general grade and residence requirements, credit will be granted for transferred course work equivalent to that required in the Public Administration program. Only grades of “C” (2.0) or higher transfer into the program and students must have a “C” (2.0) or better in each common program prerequisites class.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study

  • This is one of numerous possible plans of study.
  • Although all classes are listed as being taken during the academic year, you may take classes during the summer semester.

Freshman Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

  • PAD 4949 - Cooperative Education Credit Hours: 3
  • PAD Approved Minor Course Credit Hours: 3
  • PAD Approved Minor Course or Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Supporting Upper-Division Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • PAD Required Minor Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Supporting Upper-Division Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3