Research Administration


The Graduate Certificate in Research Administration (GCRA) promotes and recognizes research administration as a profession. The GCRA will provide working adults with a fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to successfully manage research in both centralized and decentralized environments within non-profit research organizations, corporate research and development facilities, and academic institutions. In addition, the program will prepare the student to manage funding from a variety of sources, including federal, state, local and other private sponsors.

The GCRA will provide a broad overview of a full range of topics, including managing pre- and post- award, legal and ethical compliance, budgeting and project management, grants fiscal management, the legal and regulatory environment, contracts and subcontracts, auditing, facilities and administrative cost, intellectual property and technology transfer and organizational models.

Course location/delivery

The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:


None are required.


12 credit hours

PAD 6934 - Introduction to Research Administration (3)
PAD 6041 - Ethics and Public Service (3)
PAD 6208 - Financial Oversight in Nonprofit Organizations (3)
PAD 6934 - Research Administration Exit Course (3)


Six (6) credit hours

The electives will cater to the needs of the student (e.g., a course in clinical trials), reinforcing the interdisciplinary concept.

Elective I (prior approval required)
Elective II (prior approval required)

Time Limit

Five years

Credit toward graduate degree

All 18 hours/six courses from this certificate may be transferred into the Master in Public Administration program as long as a grade of B or higher was received in the certificate classes.

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required. GRE is not required.


Certificate Director:
Elizabeth Strom
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Monica Roberts
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