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UCF - Graduate Program Handbooks 2017-2018

Last Updated 2014-04-14

Nonprofit Management MNM



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:

Introduction

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. 

The School of Public Administration's Master of Nonprofit Management is completely online and provides opportunities for students to prepare for employment or career advancement as administrators in nonprofit management. The program is intended to produce graduates equipped with the nonprofit management skills and analytical skills needed for successful careers in the nonprofit sector.

Course of Study

The MNM program consists of 36 credit hours. Each student completes a core of 27 credit hours (9 courses), 3 credit hours of a restricted elective course, and the options of 6 credit hours of electives, or 6 credit hours in National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Courses and credit hours used for undergraduate degrees cannot be counted toward the MNM degree. While the MNM program may be taken completely online, some MNM courses are also offered at the UCF Orlando campus in the evenings, at the UCF Brevard campus, and other off-campus sites.

Graduation Requirements

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.

Courses

For the most up-to-date information on course offerings, please see the UCF Graduate Catalog at www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/Content/Courses.aspx.

To receive the MNM degree, students are required to earn a grade of “B” or better (3.0) in each core course and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in their program.  

Curriculum

The Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) program is offered completely online. Some courses may be offered face-to-face, however,  students in this program are expected to have the ability to complete the coursework online. The program requires 30 credit hours of core courses, 3 credit hours of  restricted electives and 3 credit hours of general electives, or 6 credit hours in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance option.

The MNM program incorporates service learning in some of its courses. Service learning is hands-on learning that provides real-life experience in executing tangible projects such as strategic plans, grant proposals, and volunteer management case studies. It enhances the student’s understanding of the course core concepts, helps develop leadership skills and provides networking opportunities with a community partner.

Some of the courses also involve group work intended to develop leadership abilities while providing an opportunity for the student to show his or her ability to be a team player. Group projects promote important intellectual and social skills and help to prepare students for professional work where teamwork and collaboration are necessary.


Required Courses—30 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 6208 Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6237 Ethics and Governance in Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6417 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6327 Public Program Evaluation Techniques (3 credit hours)  

Capstone Course—3 Credit Hours

  • PAD 6149 Nonprofit Administration* (3 credit hours)

*This course is the capstone learning experience for the program requiring the development of a portfolio and analysis that demonstrate the student's mastery of the NASPAA Universal Competencies.

Restricted Elective—3 Credit Hours      

This elective must be a UCF Public Administration 6000-level course that is chosen after consultation with the student's academic adviser.

  • PAD 6000-level elective course (3 credit hours)

Electives Option—3 Credit Hours 

  • Electives (3 credit hours) 

Students take one elective course  in addition to the restricted elective (three credit hours each) with the prior approval of the program director. The elective courses are to be in the student’s area of interest, such as public administration, criminal justice, health care, social work or the arts. The MNM program does not accept 4000-level courses.  

National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification Option—6 Credit Hours 

National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification: 

  • Internship (3 credit hours)*
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Certificate: The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) represents the achievements of national academic and experiential standards in nonprofit management. Students pursuing the National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification must meet the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance mandated requirements and contact the NLA Program Director, Dr. Stephanie Krick to declare their intent.

*An internship is required for students with less than 300 hours of nonprofit sector experience. Students who provide documentation of at least 300 hours of experience in the nonprofit sector may have their internship waived, but must complete an approved elective (3 credit hours) in place of the internship. Work experience does not count for credit toward the MNM program.

Additional Program Requirements 

Students must achieve a grade of "B-" (80%) or better in every course listed under required courses. 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. 


Track Curriculum: Out of State Cohort

For Non-Florida Residents, Out-of-State Students

The Cohort track in the Master in Nonprofit Management is designed specifically for students who are not Florida residents. The admission standards and degree requirements are the same as the traditional program. Students interested in the out-of-state Master of Nonprofit Management cohort should contact the School of Public Administration.



The Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) program incorporates service learning in some of its courses. Service learning is hands-on learning that provides real-life experience in executing a tangible project such as strategic plans, grant proposals, and volunteer management case studies. It enhances the student’s understanding of the course core concepts, helps develop leadership skills and provides networking opportunity with a community partner.

Some of the courses also involve group work intended to develop leadership abilities while providing an opportunity for the student to show his or her ability to be a team player. Group projects promote important intellectual and social skills and help to prepare students for professional work where teamwork and collaboration are necessary.

Required Courses—27 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 6208 Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6237 Ethics and Governance in Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6327 Public Program Evaluation Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6417 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours) 

Capstone Course—3 Credit Hours

  • PAD 6149 Nonprofit Administration (3 credit hours)

Restricted Elective—3 Credit Hours

All students must take a PAD 6000-level elective after consultation with their adviser. 

  • UCF PAD 6000-level elective course (3 credit hours)

Electives—3 Credit Hours

  • Electives (3 credit hours) 

Students take one elective course (three hours) in addition to the restricted elective with the prior approval of the program director. The elective courses are to be in the student’s area of interest, such as public administration, criminal justice, health care, social work or the arts. The MNM program does not accept undergraduate-level courses. 

NOTE: Students in the MNM Out of State Cohort track pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising simultaneously are restricted to PAD 6235 and PAD 6237 as two of the three electives.

National Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Option—6 Credit Hours

  • Internship* (3 credit hours)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance represents the achievements of national academic and experiential standards in nonprofit management. Students pursuing the Nonprofit Leadership Certification must meet the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance mandated requirements, including a 300-hour internship or documentation of employment history in the nonprofit sector. Please contact Program Director Dr. Stephanie Krick for additional requirements.

Students must achieve a grade of "B-" (80%) or better in every course listed under required courses. 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.

*An internship is required for students with less than 300 hours of nonprofit sector experience. Students who provide documentation of at least 300 hours of experience in the nonprofit sector may have their internship waived, but must complete an approved elective (3 credit hours) in place of the internship. Work experience does not count for credit toward the MNM program.

Cost Per Credit Hour

For students in this Master of Nonprofit Management Cohort, the cost per credit hour is $440.62 for out-of-state students. Tuition is subject to change.


Track Curriculum: Public Administration MPA Dual Degree

The dual degree track (Master of Public Administration / Master of Nonprofit Management) consists of 54 credit hours. Each student completes all of the core courses for each program with 18 required core courses (54 credit hours), including two research methods and statistics courses (6 credit hours) and a capstone experience of two courses (6 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 permission 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.

The dual degree program incorporates service learning in some of its courses. Service learning is hands-on learning that provides real life experience in executing tangible projects such as strategic plans, grant proposals, and volunteer management case studies. It enhances the student’s understanding of the course core concepts, helps develop leadership skills and provides networking opportunity with a community partner.



Required Courses—54 Credit Hours

Core—42 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 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 6142 Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6207 Public Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6208 Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6227 Public Budgeting (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6237 Ethics and Governance in Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6327 Public Program Evaluation Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6417 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)

Research Methods/Statistics Core Requirements—6 Credit Hours
•PAD 6700 Research Methods in Public Administration (3 credit hours)
•PAD 6701 Analytic Techniques for Public Administration (3 credit hours)

    Capstone—6 Credit Hours

    • PAD 6062 Advanced Concepts and Applications in Public Administration (3 credit hours)
    • PAD 6149 Nonprofit Administration (3 credit hours)

    Students will engage in a capstone experience that builds upon the knowledge and skills gained from completing the core courses. Students will complete this requirement through enrollment in PAD 6062 Advanced Concepts and Applications in Public Administration and PAD 6149 Nonprofit Administration. PAD 6062 is only offered in fall and spring semesters and should be taken following the completion of all core courses.

    Additional Program Requirements

    Students must achieve a grade of "B-" (80%) or higher in every course listed under core requirements and in the Capstone Experience (PAD 6062). 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.


    Timeline for Completion

    Plan of Study (POS)

    The Plan of Study 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 MNM and be eligible for graduation. The POS 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 Plan of Study must include a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework (5000 level or higher) and at least half of the plan of study must be 6000-level courses.  At the graduate level, a class load of nine credit hours is considered full time in the spring and fall, and six credit hours is considered full time during a summer term. The average course load is two courses or six credits per semester, allowing students to complete their degree in two to three years.

    Advising

    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.

    You may contact your program adviser by mail or by phone at  407-823-2604. The PA office is located in the College of Health and Public Affairs (HPA) Building II, Suite 238.

    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        

    To schedule an appointment or contact them: cohpagraduate@ucf.edu

    Website: www.cohpa.ucf.edu/graduate

    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 MNM 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.

    Reference: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/Content/Policies.aspx

    Graduate Research

    UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. Students are responsible for being informed of rules, regulations and policies pertaining to research. Below are some general policies and resources.

    Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research & Commercialization ensures the UCF community complies with local, state and federal regulations that relate to research. For polices including required Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when conducting research involving human subjects (e.g., surveys), animal research, conflict of interest and general responsible conduct of research, please see their website: www.research.ucf.edu > Compliance.

    UCF’s Patent and Invention Policy: In most cases, UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate student as inventor will according to this policy share in the proceeds of the invention. Please see the current UCF Graduate Catalog for details: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu >Policies > General Graduate Policies.

    School of Public Administration Research

    Public Administration Faculty Research Experts focus on local governmental and nonprofit organizations, publishing in the top journals of our field such as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Administration & Society, and Public Administration Review (PAR). Based on their research and education, our faculty members have expertise in budgeting and finance, civic engagement and citizenship, emergency management, nonprofit organization management, organizational management, program evaluation and performance measurement, and urban and regional planning. For additional information, please visit www.cohpa.ucf.edu/faculty-research/.

    The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management (CPNM) at the University of Central Florida is a recognized academic center that utilizes collaborative partnerships between faculty members, students and community members to improve the understanding and practice of public and nonprofit management through research, teaching, and service. They serve the public and nonprofit sectors' research, education, and service needs in the Central Florida community and beyond. The CPNM operates solely on funding external to the State University System. For additional information, please visit www.cohpa.ucf.edu/cpnm.

    Financial Support

    Financial Support provided to master’s students by the university is limited to fellowships, graduate assistantships, tuition support and health insurance. Federally funded financial aid in the form of student loan programs may be available for graduate students based on eligibility. Students interested in federally funded financial aid information should check the UCF Office of Student Financial Assistance website at finaid.ucf.edu.

    The College of Health and Public Affairs is allocated a limited number of university-funded fellowships that are awarded on an academically competitive basis to the highest qualified graduate students in the college. Generally, these fellowships are awarded annually during February to April to newly admitted students for the upcoming academic year (Fall/Spring).

    In addition to the academic-based fellowships for incoming students, the Graduate Presentation Fellowship provides funding for current master's, specialist, and doctoral students to deliver research papers or participate in comparable creative activities at a professional meeting. Students must be the primary author and presenter. To review the award requirements and apply online, see funding.graduate.ucf.edu/fellowships/.

    Depending on available funding, the Department of Public Administration may offer a limited number of Graduate Assistantships to highly qualified graduate students who are interested in working in the department 20 hours per week. Graduate Assistants may assist with the administrative activities of the department or support department grants or special projects. 

    Support to Graduate Assistants is provided in the form of bi-weekly paychecks through the university’s standard payroll process. In addition, qualifying assistantships receive tuition remission and health insurance. Qualifying assistantships include single appointments of at least .50 FTE (20 hrs/week) or two appointments of at least .25 FTE (10 hrs/week). Tuition remission is in the form of either tuition waivers or tuition payments that cover in-state (resident) tuition. Nonresident students with financial packages are not charged out-of-state tuition or the nonresident financial aid fee.

    Graduate Assistant positions are highly sought after, and the Department of Public Administration recruits individuals who have shown exceptional academic performance through their grade point averages. Graduate Assistants must be:

    • enrolled in the Master of Nonprofit Management and attend full-time,
    • able to work 20 hours per week, generally during regular business hours,
    • maintain good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher), and
    • willing to commit to a minimum of one year.

    For complete information about Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships and the eligibility requirements, please visit www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/Content/FinancialInfo.aspx.

    Graduate Student Associations

    AFP

    The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 27,000 members in 180 chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. UCF is seeking to become the third collegiate AFP chapter in the nation. Student members have an excellent opportunity to learn the processes involved in fundraising as well as establish a fundraising professionals’ network. Contact the Department of Public Administration for membership information at 407-823-2604.

    The Graduate Student Association (GSA)

    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 adviser.

    Other Related Organizations

    Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA)

    Pi Alpha Alpha is the National Honor Society for Public Administration. The purpose of this society is to recognize academic excellence and promote ethical and responsible public service. PAA membership identifies those with the highest performance levels in educational programs preparing them for the public service careers. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have been nominated on the basis of their academic achievement.

    ASPA and NFBPA

    MPA students are eligible for discounted membership in the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). ASPA is the professional association for public administration. ASPA affords its members opportunities to participate in its annual and regional conferences, local chapters and national sections. The Central Florida Chapter of ASPA meets regular featuring speakers from local and state government. The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) also encourages MPA students to participate in its activities on behalf of minority professionals in the public sector, and sponsors a mentorship program.

    ICMA

    The International City and County Management Association (ICMA) is an association of professional city and county managers who manage the affairs of the public sector. ICMA offers a student membership that permits the student to attend the annual conference at a reduced registration fee. 

    MPA-SA

    Officially granted registered student organization (RSO) status in October of 2008, the Masters of Public Administration Student Association (MPASA) was founded by a group of University of Central Florida (UCF) graduate students with the desire to enhance the graduate experience for master’s candidates of the degree programs offered by the Department of Public Administration. These students noticed a void of graduate programming, encouragement of public service, as well as student professional and social networking that needed to be filled and decided to take the active steps to fill it. With the firm support of the Department of Public Administration, MPASA was created in order to fill that void by promoting the virtue of public service, fostering closer ties between students and public sector agencies, and facilitating discourse among students and administrators concerning the future and direction of UCF's Department of Public Administration graduate programs. 

    OPA

    The Organization for Public Administration (OPA) was founded in 2001 at the University of Central Florida for the purpose of enhancing the Public Administration student's learning experience by acquainting them with job opportunities, career options, networking, and knowledge of the field via special guests. In addition, OPA members provide services to the community, both locally and on campus, by organizing career fairs for the Public Administration students and participating in the county government's Adopt-A-Precinct project. OPA members also benefit from yearly trips across the country and site visits! It is the mission of OPA to provide developmental and educational opportunities for its members and to promote student interest and involvement in Public Administration.

    To learn more about the department’s student organizations, please visit https://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/publicadmin/nonprofit-management/student-organizations/.

    Professional Development

    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)
      This 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
      This certificate program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided.

       For more information: www.fctl.ucf.edu > Events > GTA Programs or call 407-823-3544.

    Pathways to Success Workshops

    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 http://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 receive recognition.

    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 researchweek@ucf.edu.

    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 those activities.

    Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis – It recognizes graduate students for excellence in the master's thesis. The focus of this award is on the quality and contribution of the student's thesis research. Excellence of the master's thesis may be demonstrated by evidence such as, but not limited to: publications in refereed journals, awards and recognitions from professional organizations, and praise from faculty members and other colleagues in the field. 

    For the nomination process and eligibility criteria, see the College of Graduate Studies websitewww.graduate.ucf.edu/GradAwards.

    Other

    For information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) thesis and dissertation awards, see their website: www.csgs.org > Awards.

    For grant-proposal writing resources: uwc.ucf.edu/gradwriting.php.

    Job Search

    UCF’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.

    The Public Administration Internship Program provides students with work experiences that expose them to government and nonprofit organizations and their operations. Students without practical administrative experience in the nonprofit sector are strongly advised to complete an internship as part of their elective area. For additional information, please visit www.cohpa.ucf.edu/publicadmin/internships/.

    The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration offers information about general, US government, state and local government, nonprofit, and international job opportunities. You may visit www.naspaa.org/students/careers/joblinks.asp.

    Forms

    • 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.

    Plagiarism

    Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Any ideas, data, text, media or materials taken from another source (either written or verbal) must be fully acknowledged.a) A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.b) A student must give credit to the originality of others whenever:

    1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
    2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
    3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
    4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
    5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

    When using the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, students must give credit to the original source at the location or place in the document where that source's material is found as well as provide bibliographic information at the end of the document. When students are verbally discussing the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, they must give credit to the original source at the time they speak about that source. In this manner, students must make clear (so there is no doubt) within their written or verbal materials, which parts are gained from other sources, and which are their own original ideas, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.The Office of Student Conduct has a set of criteria that determines if students are in violation of plagiarism. This set of criteria may be set to a higher standard in graduate programs. Therefore, a student may not be found in violation of plagiarism by the Office of Student Conduct, but a professor or program requiring higher standards of attribution and citation may find a student in violation of plagiarism and administer program level sanctions. The standard in doctoral programs should be the highest as students earning these degrees are expected to be experts in their fields and producing independent work that contributes knowledge to their discipline.

    Example of Material that has been appropriately cited:

    Paraphrased Material

    Source: Osborne, Richard, ed. How to Grow Annuals. 2nd ed. Menlo Park: Lane, 1974. Print. Page 24: As a recent authority has pointed out, for a dependable long-blooming swatch of soft blue in your garden, ageratum is a fine choice. From early summer until frost, ageratum is continuously covered with clustered heads of fine, silky, fringed flowers in dusty shades of lavender-blue, lavender-pink or white. The popular dwarf varieties grow in mounds six to twelve inches high and twelve inches across; they make fine container plants. Larger types grow up to three feet tall. Ageratum makes an excellent edging.

    Use and Adaptation of the Material:

    You can depend on ageratum if you want some soft blue in your garden. It blooms through the summer and the flowers, soft, small, and fringed, come in various shades of lavender. The small varieties which grow in mounds are very popular, especially when planted in containers. There are also larger varieties. Ageratum is good as a border plant (Osborne 24).

    Explanation:

    The writer has done a good job of paraphrasing what could be considered common knowledge (available in a number of sources), but because the structure and progression of detail is someone else’s, the writer has acknowledged the source. This the writer can do at the end of the paragraph since he or she has not used the author’s words.

    The above example was provided by Northwestern University.

    Northwestern University, Sept. 2016. “Academic Integrity: A Basic Guide.” Accessed 20 September 2017.

    For more information about Academic Honesty, Click here.

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