Last Updated 2014-04-14
Research Administration MRA
Together, the Graduate Student Handbook
and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.
The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.
Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:
Graduate Student Orientation
The School of Public Administration hosts a graduate student orientation at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The orientation focuses on subjects that are specific to your program and your career as a graduate student in the College of Health and Public Affairs. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the orientation as it supports successful transition into the master-level program and student success. Students receive an e-mail notice of the date and time of the orientation shortly before the semester begins. The DPA Graduate Student Orientation is open to both new and continuing master's students.
Course of Study
The Master in Research Administration 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.
The Master in Research Administration program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students must achieve a grade of "B" (3.0) or better in every course listed under required courses. Students must maintain a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.
For the most up-to-date information on course offerings, please see the UCF Graduate Catalog at www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/content/Courses.aspx.
Graduate Plan of Study
The Graduate Plan of Study (GPS) is a listing of courses agreed to by the student and the School of Public Administration specifying the courses the student must satisfactorily complete in order to fulfill the degree requirements for the MRA and be eligible for graduation. The GPS must be defined during a student’s first semester of enrollment. Once created, the Plan of Study may not be altered solely due to poor academic performance and the student must maintain satisfactory progress as defined above in all courses in the Plan of Study.
The master’s program is committed to providing the support that our students need to ensure a successful journey to completion of their degrees. To that end, you may request to meet with your graduate adviser or the Academic Services Coordinator at any time.
Jo Ann Smith, PhD, (Jo.email@example.com) is the Program Director for the Master of Research Administration program and the Graduate Certificate in Research Administration.
It is the student’s responsibility to keep abreast of all program requirements needed for graduation. Program regulations will not be waived because a student pleads ignorance or claims the adviser failed to keep them informed. Please review the “General University Policies” as well as the “General Graduate Policies” in the UCF Graduate Catalog (www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu).
In addition to the academic advising and student support provided by the School of Public Administration, the College of Health and Public Affairs also provides the COHPA Graduate Services Office (GSO). The GSO’s purpose is to provide support specifically to graduate students and graduate programs in the college. The Graduate Office is available to answer student questions and provide assistance with many of the processes involved in the university system. They can provide information about the application, registration, graduation and appeals processes in addition to many other requirements and policies affecting graduate students.
Office location: HPA 1, Suite 343. Phone: 407-823-4025
Transfer of Coursework from Other Institutions
Students should discuss the transfer of graduate credits from other institutions or from another graduate degree program with an adviser. The final decision on the acceptance of transfer credit rests with the MRA Program Director. To facilitate the evaluation of transfer credit, the student should provide a syllabus and a catalog course description. In addition, students must have official transcripts on file with UCF for the institution attended. Approved transfer credit is rarely substituted for existing core requirements, but may be considered as part of the elective requirements. No more than nine credit hours may be transferred into your plan of study.
CurriculumThe 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.
Required Courses—36 Credit
Research Administration Concentration Core Courses—27 Credit
- PAD 6742 Introduction to Research Administration (3 credit
- PAD 6748 Governance and Regulatory Issues for Sponsored Programs
(3 credit hours)
- PAD 6743 Leadership and Organization Models in
Research Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6744 Financial Management
in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6745 Contracting for
Sponsored Programs (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6746 Intellectual Property,
Technology Transfer and Commercialization (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6747
Audits in Research Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6741 Research
Integrity for Research Administrators (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6327 Public
Program Evaluation Techniques (3 credit hours)
Required Courses—9 Credit Hours
- PAD 5850 Grant and Contract
Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6417 Human Resource Management (3
- PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit
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
Cost Per Credit Hour
For the Master of Research Administration program, the cost per credit hour is $655.62.*
*Fee is subject to change
Graduate Student AssociationsThe Graduate Student
Association (GSA) is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich
graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn
more or get involved, please visit www.gsa.ucf.edu. For individual department or
graduate program organizations, please see program advisor.
Teaching and Learning
The Faculty Center
for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) promotes excellence in all levels of teaching
at the University of Central Florida. They offer several programs for the
professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.
GTA Training (mandatory for employment as a GTA)
training provides information and resources for students who will be
instructors in a two-day workshop. The seminars cover a variety of topics,
including course development, learning theories, lecturing, and academic
freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an optional
training session that normally follows the mandatory training.
Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program
program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty
Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are
For more information: www.fctl.ucf.edu > Events > GTA
Programs or call 407-823-3544.
Pathways to Success
Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways
to Success program offers free development opportunities for graduate students
including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate
Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For
more information and how to register, please visit www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/.
Graduate Research Forum
The Graduate Research Forum will
feature poster displays representing UCF’s diverse colleges and disciplines.
It is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative
projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best
poster presentation in each category will be given and all participants will
The College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate
Student Association invite all UCF students, community, and employers to attend
the Graduate Research Forum. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Excellence Awards
Each year, the College of Graduate
Studies offers graduate students who strive for academic and professional
excellence the opportunity to be recognized for their work. The award
categories include the following:
Award for Excellence by a Graduate
Teaching Assistant – This award is for students who provide teaching
support and assistance under the direction of a lead teacher. This award
focuses on the extent and quality of the assistance provided by the student to
the lead instructor and the students in the class. (Not intended for students
who are instructor of record)
Award for Excellence in Graduate
Student Teaching – This award is for students who serve as instructors of
record and have independent classroom responsibilities. The focus of this award
is on the quality of the student’s teaching and the academic contributions of
For the nomination process and eligibility criteria,
see the College of Graduate Studies website www.graduate.ucf.edu/GradAwards.
For information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools
(CSGS) thesis and dissertation awards, see their website:www.csgs.org
For grant-proposal writing resources: uwc.cah.ucf.edu/students/.
Job SearchUCF’s Career Services department
offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate
students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals,
preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit
their website at www.career.ucf.edu.
- College of Graduate Studies Forms
A listing of forms and files for the College of Graduate Studies.
- Graduate Petition Form
When unusual situations arise, petitions for exceptions to policy may be requested by the student. Depending on the type of appeal, the student should contact his/her program adviser to begin the petition process.
- Traveling Scholar Form
Required form of graduate students who would like to take advantage of resources available on another campus, but not available at UCF; for example, special course offerings, research opportunities, unique laboratories and library collections.