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Public Administration Dual Degree This is a Track

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College : Health and Public AffairsDegree : MNM
Department : Public AdministrationOption : Nonthesis


The Dual Degree with Public Administration track provides the opportunity for students to earn graduate degrees from two academic programs, the Master of Nonprofit Management and the Master of Public Administration, concurrently. Students successfully completing this Dual Degree track will have the skills and analytical techniques for successful careers in both the public and nonprofit sectors.


Total Credit Hours Required:
66 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

The dual degree track (Master of Public Administration/Master of Nonprofit Management) consists of 66 credit hours. Each student completes a core of 16 courses (48 credit hours), an advanced curriculum of five electives (15 credit hours) that are selected in consultation with the adviser, and a capstone experience equivalent to one course (3 credit hours). Courses and credit hours used for undergraduate degrees cannot be counted toward the MPA/MNM track, except for Senior Scholar students who, with the permision of the MPA/MNM program director,  may use up to 9 credit hours of graduate course work in both their undergraduate degree and the dual degree program. No undergraduate-level courses will be accepted in the MPA/MNM dual degree track.

Required Courses—51 Credit Hours

Core—48 Credit Hours

  • PAD 6035 Public Administration in the Policy Process (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6037 Public Organization Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6053 Public Administrators in the Governance Process (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6207 Public Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6227 Public Budgeting (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6417 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6700 Analytic Techniques for Public Administration I (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6701 Analytic Techniques for Public Administration II (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5145 Volunteerism in Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5146 Nonprofit Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5850 Grant and Contract Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6142 Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6149 Nonprofit Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6327 Public Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6208 Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)

Capstone—3 Credit Hours

  • PAD 6062 Advanced Concepts and Applications in Public Administration (3 credit hours)

Students will engage in a capstone experience intended to bring together the various areas of knowledge and skills covered in the MPA program. Students will complete this requirement through enrollment in PAD 6062 Advanced Concepts and Applications in Public Administration.

Elective Courses—15 Credit Hours

Elective courses offered within the Dual Degree track provide an emphasis on state and local government and nonprofit management; however, other emphases may be developed in consultation with the adviser. With prior approval from the program director, up to 6 credit hours of elective course work may be taken from outside the department. Students must show that elective courses taken outside of the department directly support a career in public administration or nonprofit management.

  • Electives (15 credit hours)

Students without practical administrative experience in the public sector are strongly advised to complete an internship as part of their electives.

  • PAD 6946 Internship (3 credit hours) 

Additional Program Requirements

Students must achieve a grade of "B" (3.0) or higher in every course listed under core requirements and in the Capstone Experience (PAD 6062). Student must maintain 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 research scholarly papers, internships, and the capstone experience also contribute to the self-development of MPA students. The research study and final report in the Capstone Experience will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in a student’s particular specialization within the profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices in that specialization area. PAD 6062, the capstone course, provides 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:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters must specifically address the prospective student's ability to do academic work at the graduate level.  Recommendation letters from professors are preferred. 
  • Résumé.
  • Statement of goals.
  • 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.

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

All application materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline listed below.

Public Administration Dual Degree Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see Student Finances, 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 Fellowships, which includes descriptions of UCF fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.