Graduate Programs

UWF offers more than 500 fully online courses that can lead to graduate degrees as well as credit- earning certificate programs. Non-traditional students including working adults, single parents and members of the military who could not otherwise attend our campus or regular classes benefit from this online learning environment. Online graduate degrees are normally 36 semester hours in length.

To request additional information about any of the UWF Online Campus programs, please complete and submit the Online Program Information Request.

If you are admitted to one of our 30 degree or certificate programs and reside outside the state of Florida, you may be eligible for a tuition waiver that reduces the out-of-state portion of your tuition anywhere from 100% - 75%. Please review the Tuition Waiver Availability information to determine if you qualify.

Doctoral Degrees

Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.D.

Curriculum Studies 

The Curriculum Studies Specialization targets individuals in public and private sectors who want to specialize in theory and practice of curriculum issues and development. This program is developed around general theory-based curriculum issues coupled with various professional areas that meet each individual student need.

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Instructional Technology

The Instructional Technology Specialization offers two options: Performance Technology or Distance Learning.

The Performance Technology option targets individuals who want to investigate how instructional technology can be used to improve performance and learning in various educational environments. Students explore a variety of delivery systems and the influence of technology on performance and learning as they develop a framework for improving performance.

The Distance Learning option targets individuals who want to develop expertise in theoretical constructs for an application of distance educational systems including: design, development, implementation, and evaluation.

 The program consists of 77 credit hours.

  • For more info contact: Dr. Byron Havard (bhavard@uwf.edu) or 850.474.2777

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Masters Degrees

Administration, M.S.A.
BB Online Masters Management & Administration

The MSA program at UWF prepares its graduates to respond effectively and efficiently to the challenges facing today's professional leaders. It offers an unsurpassed blend of quality, flexibility and convenience. Students receive the same attention from our exceptional faculty as one would find in the traditional classroom. The MSA degree prepares you for advanced management and leadership roles in public, non-profit, and private agencies. You will learn from experienced faculty who are excellent teachers and researchers, and are focused on moving you to the cutting edge of your field. You can enroll full-time to finish your degree in as little as 5 semesters or take longer if your schedule requires.

The MSA is offered completely online. All you need is an internet connection and you can get your Master's degree from anywhere in the world. You can enroll full-time to finish your degree in as little as 4 semesters or longer if your schedule requires you to. The MSA offers several areas of specializations that ensure your degree is relevant to your career. MSA specializations include:

The Master of Science in Administration (MSA) requires a core curriculum (12 hours) that provides a solid foundation in areas such as organizational behavior, marketing, finance, eBusiness and economics. This firm foundation is then extended into our specializations:

Acquisition & Contract Management

The University of West Florida has the opportunity to provide the training envisioned by Congress and the Office of Management and Budget via the Online Campus with the Master of Science in Administration – Acquisition and Contract Administration specialization. Additional courses are anticipated as demand under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act grows, both in DOD and civilian contractors.

The Federal Office of Management and Budget, in Policy Letter 05-01, indicates that, "The quality and effectiveness of the federal acquisition process depend on the development of a capable and competent workforce. Congress recognized the need for a professional workforce through the passage of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act… [and other Acts] which established education, training, and experience requirements for entry and advancement in the acquisition career fields for the Department of Defense (DOD) and civilian agencies respectively."

Policy Letters have also been issued by the Office of Management and Budget that "established policies for skill-based training in contracting and purchasing duties for all executive agencies… [and]…established career management, education, and training requirements for contracting personnel in civilian executive agencies." It is obvious that these federal regulations and policy rulings have great impact in the Northwest Florida region due to the large military presence.

Acquisition and Contract Administration Academic Learning Plan: MSA-Acquisition-Contract-Administration-ALP (PDF)

Acquisition and Contract Administration Curriculum Map: ‌MSA-Acquisitions-and-Contract-Administration-CMGR (PDF)

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Cybersecurity

The M.S.A. with a specialization in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary degree offered entirely online, designed to prepare students for leadership roles in cyber-related positions in public, nonprofit, and private organizations. Coursework also prepares students for admission to doctoral programs and professional schools.

Cybersecurity Curriculum Map: MSA-Cyber-Security-CMGR (PDF)

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Database Administration

Interested in employment in leadership roles in database fields in public, nonprofit and private agencies? A solid lineup of business courses in the fully online M.S.A. core, including managerial economics, financial management, management skills, marketing management, and management and organizational behavior, provide students with a strong background in business which dovetails with the courses in the Database Administration specialization.

Database Administration Academic Learning Plan: MSA-Database-Administration-ALP (PDF)

Database Administration Curriculum Map: MSA-Database-Administration-CMGR (PDF)

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Geographic Information System

The specialization in Geographic Information System (GIS) is an interdisciplinary degree designed to prepare students for leadership roles involving the use of GIS in public, nonprofit, and private organizations.

As part of the coursework, students will be provided with the opportunity to become technically proficient in a variety of geospatial technologies through hands-on instruction. The program focuses on advanced skill development in computational modeling and management decision support and will address the growing need for GIS developers, managers, and analysts.

The proposed courses and internships have been carefully combined to reflect the real-world requirements needed for careers in the geospatial sciences. With 100% of the coursework offered online, this program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who did not acquire a GIS background as part of their primary academic training while they continue to hold their position in their chosen field.

Geographic Information System Academic Learning Plan: MSA-Geographic-Informaion-System-ALP (PDF)

Geographic Information System Curriculum Map: MSA-Geographic-Information-System-CMGR (PDF)

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Health Care Administration

The MSA with specialization in Health Care Administration is an interdisciplinary degree offered entirely online and designed to prepare students for leadership roles in public, nonprofit and private organizations in the field of health care administration.

The inclusion of public administration faculty along with the existing health education faculty in the MSA Online Program facilitates a movement toward the regional and global presentation of a program focused upon preparation of students for administrative management positions within public and private health care agencies, clinics, and hospitals. It offers working professionals the opportunity to enhance administrative skills to manage healthcare personnel, programs, organizations.

Course work prepares students build managerial and critical thinking skills useful in careers as health care administrators. For example, the program integrates social marketing theory and practice, and was designed to provide an understanding of federal and not-for-profit structures and processes as well as the political/economic/ organizational environment in which the health care administrator works. In addition, course work also prepares students for admission to doctoral programs and professional schools.

Health Care Administration Academic Learning Plan: MSA-Health-Care-Administration-ALP (PDF)

Health Care Administration Curriculum Map: MSA-Health-Care-Administration-CMGR (PDF)

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Human Performance Technology

The Human Performance Technology specialization prepares you to identify organizational performance problems and recommend effective solutions with corporate, nonprofit, public education and military organizations.

Human Performance Technology Academic Learning Plan: MSA-Human-Performance-Technology-ALP (PDF)

Human Performance Technology Curriculum Map: MSA-Human-Performance-Technology-CMGR (PDF)

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Leadership

The MSA-Leadership Specialization provides a unique opportunity for recent graduates to enter their professions as individuals learning about human and system transformation, to prepare graduates to be leaders, and to enter leadership positions in organizations.

Leadership Academic Learning Plan: MSA-Leadership-ALP (PDF)

Leadership Curriculum Map: MSA-Leadership-CMGR (PDF)

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Public Administration

The Master of Science in Administration with a specialization in Public Administration is an interdisciplinary degree offered entirely online. The program of studies is designed to prepare students for advanced management and leadership roles in public and not-for-profit organizations at the federal, state and local levels.

Graduate Students in Public Administration at UWF will build managerial and analytical skills useful in a career in governmental and nonprofit organizations. The program integrates administrative theory and practice, and is designed to provide an understanding of governmental and not-for-profit structures and processes as well as the political/economic/organizational environment in which the administrator works.

This Online Graduate Program is well suited for mid-career specialists as well as pre-service students. Specialists who desire to move into broader administrative positions of responsibility or to upgrade their administrative capabilities will find the program useful. Pre-service students are provided important networking opportunities through interaction in online classes with experienced mid-level professional and/or executive staff presently employed in governmental or not-for-profit agencies.

Public Administration Academic Learning Plan: MSA-Public-Administration-ALP (PDF)

Public Administration Curriculum Map: MSA-Public-Administration-CMGR (PDF)

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Software Engineering Administration

The MSA with specialization in Software Engineering Administration is an interdisciplinary degree offered entirely online and is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in organizations of diverse domains that develop and maintain software systems for research, commercial, and internal use. Coursework also prepares students for admission to doctoral programs and professional schools.

Software Engineering Administration Academic Learning Plan: MSA-Software-Engineer-ALP (PDF)

Software Engineering Administration Curriculum Map: MSA-Software-Engineering-CMGR (PDF)

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Computer Science, M.S.
BB Online Masters Computer Science

The Computer Science Department offers two fully online specializations for the Master of Science: Database Systems (DB), and Software Engineering (SE).

Database Systems

Students entering the Database Systems specialization may have an undergraduate degree in CS or CIS but may also come from another discipline. A graduate of this specialization is a database specialist, prepared to plan, configure, implement and maintain large database systems. He/she will have significant programming as well as database programming skills and may also be familiar with a specific problem domain, for example, developing and working with medical databases, biological databases, chemical databases, etc. He/she will also be able to identify and utilize tools to be able to work with the vast amounts of information provided by large data groups. Graduates of this specialization may consider continuing on to doctoral studies. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

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Software Engineering

Students entering the Software Engineering specialization may have an undergraduate degree in CS or CIS but may also come from another discipline. A graduate of this specialization is a system specialist, prepared to perform various activities within a software life-cycle such as requirements analysis, design, implementation, testing, maintenance, project management, process improvement, quality assurance, etc. in support of the development of high-quality software systems that meet client needs. He/she may also be deeply familiar with a specific problem domain (e.g. medical software, chemistry, data acquisition systems, computer games) and with software development issues associated with that domain. Graduates are also prepared to continue on to doctoral studies.

Representative electives for Software Engineering students include courses regarding Software Specifications, Software Design, Software Testing and Verification, Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) in Software Engineering, Data Mining, and Database Administration. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

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Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.

The Curriculum and Instruction Comprehensive Master's Program is part of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit, and is designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for instructional and leadership roles in primary, elementary, middle, secondary education or Reading Instruction.

Primary Education Comprehensive

The Comprehensive Specialization in Primary Education is an NCATE accredited program. This specialization is offered entirely online and designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for the instructional and leadership roles in primary education. With careful selection of courses, students may qualify for the Pre-kindergarten Disability Endorsement Program and/or Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist Credential.

Elementary Education Comprehensive

This NCATE approved Comprehensive Specialization in Elementary Education is a non-initial teacher certification program. This specialization is offered entirely online and designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for the instructional and leadership roles in Elementary Education.

Middle Level Education Comprehensive

The NCATE approved Comprehensive Specialization in Middle Level Education is a non-initial teacher certification program. This specialization is offered entirely online and designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for the instructional and leadership roles in Middle Level Education.

Secondary Education Comprehensive

The Comprehensive Specialization in Secondary Education is an NCATE accredited program. This specialization is offered entirely online and designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for the instructional and leadership roles in Secondary Education. 

Reading Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction, Reading Instruction Master's Degree, is an innovative, educational program that links literacy research to practical classroom practices. This 36-semester hour program is offered online, nationwide as an advanced degree program for credentialed teachers. The curriculum for the program is based on the International Reading Association standards which also encompass the Florida Department of Education Reading Endorsement and certification requirements.

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Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
BB Online Masters Education

The Educational Leadership Certification Specialization, approved by the Florida Department of Education, is designed for students who wish to prepare for administrative and supervisory positions such as principal, assistant principal, district supervisor, in-service director, curriculum developer, or dean in public and private elementary and secondary schools or in other school settings.

Educational Leadership Certification Specialization

The Educational Leadership Certification Specialization, approved by the Florida Department of Education, is designed for students who wish to prepare for administrative and supervisory positions such as principal, assistant principal, district supervisor, in-service director, curriculum developer, or dean in public and private elementary and secondary schools.  The specialization covers the ten Florida Principal Leadership Standards and associated competencies and seeks to prepare students for the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE). Passing scores on the FELE are required prior to graduation.

Students in the Educational Leadership Certification Specialization who do not hold current professional teacher certification must meet the following additional requirements:

  • ESOL/ELL Requirement. Options for satisfying this requirement include:
    • Sixty hours of ESOL district in-service points; or
    • Three credit hours in a survey course, which can be satisfied by completing TSL 5085
  • Florida Reading Competency 2

For more information contact Dr. Rebecca McBride at rmcbride@uwf.edu or 850.474.2811

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Education & Training Management Specialization (ETMS)

The 36 semester hour specialization is designed for military officers and others interested in working in training in the military, business, and industry. It is offered through an inter-institutional agreement with George Mason University, George Washington University, University of Memphis, Old Dominion University, San Diego State University, and the University of Rhode Island. Interested individuals should contact the Department of Applied Science, Technology and Administration or the educational officer at their base for the competency areas and designated courses offered through UWF.  Students must complete either an action research project, thesis, or take a comprehensive exam and additional course work to reach 36 hours of credit.

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Exceptional Student Education Comprehensive, M.A.
BB Online Masters Education

The M.A. in Exceptional Student Education is a comprehensive program. There is a critical shortage of certified teachers, administrators, related professionals, and specialists in many areas of exceptional student education.  The comprehensive master's degree program in Exceptional Student Education is part of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit, and is designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for instructional and leadership roles in special education.

Students will be assigned a faculty mentor who will provide career advice and advisement concerning professional issues. Students in this master’s degree program must complete a 21-semester-hour core, which includes a twelve-semester-hour Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership core and a nine-semester-hour Educational Investigative Sequence.  Students must also complete a cognate program of study of at least 15 semester hours. The following are pre-approved cognate area options:

  • Special Education
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Pre-K Disabilities
  • Exceptional and Alternative Educational Studies

For more information contact Chasity Manning at cmanning@uwf.edu or 850.474.2870

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Instructional Technology, M.Ed.

The M.Ed. in Instructional Technology trains professionals who provide critical assistance for national and international education and training initiatives in the 21st century. Offered entirely online, the M.Ed. in Instructional Technology prepares education, military, and business and industry professionals to meet the challenges of complex problems from the perspective of education and training. Students in the M.Ed. program select courses from a minimum of two specializations in addition to the program core requirements.

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Mathematics, M.S.

The M.S. in Mathematical Sciences offers students who hold a bachelor’s in mathematics, statistics, or related fields an opportunity to broaden their knowledge in several fields of mathematics, statistics, and their applications. The M.S. program is designed for students seeking careers in science, business, industry, or government; for students who want to teach in high schools or at the community college level; or for students who plan to pursue doctoral studies. The M.S. program offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics permits students considerable flexibility in choosing courses. For example, students who are seeking careers in financial/investment industries, banks, insurance companies, or government may choose more statistics courses that emphasize the use, adoption, and development of statistical methods and state-of-the-art computer technology in the analysis of data from problems in all fields of study.

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Nursing, M.S.N.

The M.S.N. is an innovative and flexible online program that prepares the professional nurse for leadership, advanced nursing roles, and doctoral studies (including a cooperative doctorate with The University of Florida). The M.S.N. consists of 39 semester hours of coursework. Students may select from the two areas of specialization. Nursing Education prepares students for employment in an academic or community/hospital/agency setting, while Nursing Leadership & Management prepares students for employment in an administrative/management position in the health care industry. 

  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Leadership & Management

For additional information contact Dr. Angela Blackburn at ablackburn@uwf.edu or 850.473.7760

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Political Science, M.A.

The M.A. in Political Science is designed for students interested in advanced study in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political economy, political theory, and public policy or administration. The program consists of 33 semester hours in addition to a successful completion of a comprehensive examination or a thesis.

The Department of Government now offers fully online core coursework for the M.A. in Political Science program. This is a synchronous course delivery program, meaning that students are required to attend live lectures via Scopia, the university's free video conferencing service.

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Public Health, M.P.H.
BB Online Masters Public Health

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is offered entirely online and provides students with a high quality, multidisciplinary perspective on public health to prepare them to be public health professionals. The required and elective courses offer students the opportunity to tailor their degree to best fit their career goals in public health. The M.P.H. is allied with several academic centers/certificate programs that broaden the educational opportunities available to students in the program.

Close relationships with the state public health facilities in the region as well as with area hospitals and the military provide a strong foundation in the health care and public health communities for enhancing and broadening the internship opportunities for students in the program.

The M.P.H. degree is currently featured on the Council on Education for Public Health's (CEPH) website as an example of best practices for online programs in public health.

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Reading, M.Ed.

The Reading Education Master's Degree is an innovative, educational program that links literacy research to practical classroom practices. This 36-semester hour program is offered online, nationwide as an advanced degree program for credentialed teachers. The curriculum for the program is based on the International Reading Association standards which also encompass the Florida Department of Education Reading Endorsement and certification requirements.

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Florida Virtual Campus

Additional fully online courses and programs are available from other Florida Universities and State Colleges through the Florida Virtual Campus' online course and program catalog.

You can find even more distance learning courses and programs through the SREB’s Electronic Campus.

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