University of Central Florida

College of Health and Public Affairs

Public Affairs


University Tower, Room 320

PO Box 160112

Orlando, FL 32826

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Public Affairs PhD (Criminal Justice, Governance and Policy Research, Health Services Management and Research, Public Administration, Public Administration MPA Dual Degree, Social Work)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Instead of a discipline specific approach to the intransient problems facing our society today, the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary program which draws upon the strengths of faculty in Criminal Justice, Health Management and Informatics, Public Administration, and Social Work. The program prepares students for academic appointments in colleges and universities as well as research and leadership positions in public, nonprofit, and private agencies. The dynamic mix of an interdisciplinary faculty, together with students from varied backgrounds, creates a stimulating environment to examine many of the contemporary social ills communities are currently facing. The program matches career goals of students through the interdisciplinary nature of course content, the interaction with faculty from all four disciplines, and the flexibility inherent in the choice of electives. Those seeking advancement within public agencies or nonprofit organizations can choose a mix of electives, including course work from other UCF programs, while those seeking to teach at the college or university level can focus on taking more courses within their discipline. Upon completing the program, graduates will have the theoretical, analytical, and ethical foundation to provide alternative solutions to these social ills while deepening our understanding of the underlying problem. This holistic approach answers to both applied and theoretical concerns and, as such, has the potential to have both local as well as national impact on programming and decision-making. The program offers tracks in: Criminal Justice Governance and Policy Research Health Services Management and Research Public Administration Public Administration MPA Dual Degree Social Work


The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.

International Student Requirements:

In order to enroll in graduate classes, students must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from a regionally accredited institution or from a recognized foreign institution. International students are not eligible for nondegree/certificate status unless they hold an eligible visa. International applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early. Also, international applicants should ensure all supporting documents, including those required to issue an I-20, are received by the stated application deadline. Only official documentation is accepted and it is the student's responsibility to submit all documents by the application deadline.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 40,000+

Find Schools