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UCF to offer new dual interdisciplinary master’s degree


UCF is now offering a dual master’s degree program for students interested in pursuing public administration and criminal justice degrees.

The program will be available starting in the spring semester and is designed to take core classes from each degree, and then students will select electives and capstone classes based on their areas of concentration.

“The two fields are so interconnected in terms of public service, so it makes sense for someone in criminal justice to have good public service management skills that are at the core of public administration, too,” said Nasrin Lakhani, UCF’s public administration’s director of advising, in a recent press release. “There’s a whole host of things that require both sets of knowledge.”

A full-time student will be able to earn the degree in two and a half years. As of right now, the public administration master’s degree is a 42 credit hour degree and the criminal justice master’s degree is 36 credits. The new combined degree will be 51 credit hours.

This degree is aimed to prepare students for local government.

“There always are jobs in the local government because they are growing leaps and bounds, especially in Orlando,” Lakhani said. “Orlando government entities are our community partners, and they desire to see more applicants with this kind of degree and knowledge.”

Applications for this program are due Dec. 1. Students will have the option to either complete the degrees online or to take some in-person classes. This program will be available to both part-time and full-time students.