Database Administration

The MSA with specialization in Database Administration is an interdisciplinary degree offered entirely online and is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in database fields in public, nonprofit and private agencies. Coursework will also prepare students for admission to doctoral programs and professional schools.


The MSA with specialization in Database Administration is an interdisciplinary degree offered entirely online and is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in database fields in public, nonprofit and private agencies. Coursework will also prepare students for admission to doctoral programs and professional schools.

For more information on core and specialization requirements, please visit our Online UWF Catalog

Database Administration Academic Learning Plan (PDF)

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Successfully design, implement, and administer databases.
  • Apply concepts of client/server database technologies.
  • Apply database skills to specific problems domains (e.g., organizational databases, medical field, etc.).
  • Identify and describe tools to work with very large databases.
  • Employ a variety of database tools and techniques to analyze and re-engineer database systems in organizations.
  • Evaluate and use tools to work with very large databases.
  • Produce effective and professional technical written communications.
  • Communicate pertinent issues of databases through a variety of media, both oral and written, and use appropriate technologies to produce communications.
  • Conceive, plan, and implement a significant database.
  • Collaborate with team members and defend outcomes at the end of the project timeline.

Admissions Requirements

The Database Administration Specialization requirements:

  • GRE score prior to admission
  • A letter of intent
  • Three letters of professional reference

For more specific graduate admissions requirements, visit the Online UWF Catalog.

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are available from the Online UWF Catalog and MSA Program Core Courses (PDF).

Research Opportunities

Faculty members in Database are known for their teaching and research expertise. There are many opportunities for students to assist faculty in database and data mining research. Areas of recent publication and interest include:

  • Data analysis and data mining
  • Association Rule Mining
  • Data Preprocessing
  • Entity Relationship Modeling
  • Relational database theory
  • Object-oriented database theory
  • Fuzzy databases
  • Tuning and improving the efficiency of databases
  • SQL
  • Web databases
  • SOA
  • XML and databases
  • OWL and database
  • Database Security

Career Opportunities

MSA graduates with a specialization in Database Administration have many employment options or they may further their education in an area of specialization. These graduates are prepared for administrative and management positions within:

  • Public and private agencies
  • Government Agencies
  • Corporate settings
  • Community Organizations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • College and Universities
  • School Settings
  • Possible job titles for MSA/DBA graduates can include:
  • Database Administrators
  • Database managers
  • Database developers
  • Applications Developers
  • Applications Administrators
  • Project Managers
  • Software Developers
  • Data Communications Analysts
  • Research Analysts

Contact Us

Dr. Sikha Bagui
MSA/DBA Coordinator
Department of Computer Science
University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway, Building 4, Room 227
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: ( 850) 474-3022
Email: bagui@uwf.edu

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