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Administration Overview

Apply legislative insight to real-world circumstances.

The University of West Florida’s online public administration degrees and certificates are ideal for those seeking to improve their administrative capacities, understand the fundamentals of human resource management or advance in a procurement and contracting position. 

The online Master of Science in Administration degree with a specialization in public administration is ideal for mid-career public administration employees who seek further career and networking opportunities. The expertise you will learn in the MSA program is especially advantageous when paired with a certificate in acquisition and contract administration or leadership in public service and nonprofit administration. UWF’s certificate programs are available for non-degree-seeking students prepared to bolster their skills. 

In your online public administration degree or certificate program, you can expect to work one-on-one with expert faculty and learn through a rigorous curriculum featuring legal and theoretical foundations. UWF’s master’s in public administration is ranked in’s Best Online Master’s in Public Administration and’s Best Online Master’s in Public Administration Degree Programs.

Online Administration Degrees

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  • Graduate Certificate

    Acquisition and Contract Administration Certificate

    • Fulfill heightened needs for accountability and transparency in public sector procurement
    • Focus on public contracting at the federal, state and local levels
  • Bachelor's

    Criminal Justice, B.A.

    • Prepare for your career with a variety of electives that address current issues and specializations in the field.
    • Join the Accelerated Bachelors to Masters program and take up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework — saving you time and money.
  • Master's

    Criminal Justice, M.S.

    • Enhance your impact in practice or administration
    • Gain key knowledge and skills across theory, administration, research and data analysis
  • Graduate Certificate

    Managing Sustainability and Resiliency Online Certificate

    • Articulate the evolution and history of leading theories of leadership
    • Suggest valid and useful improvements to budgeting processes
  • Master's

    Public Administration, M.S.A.

    • Apply administrative reasoning, roles and responsibilities to your profession
    • Deploy sustainability and resilience planning in an organizational setting

Public Administration Careers

Careers in public administration are expected to increase along with the growth of companies in nearly every industry. Certifications and master’s degrees lead to the best employment prospects and salaries. Both administrative and management occupations as a whole are expected to grow 7 percent through 2028.

*Public administration career outlook information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Human Resource Managers

    Human resource managers coordinate and supervise employees in order to best utilize the resources of an organization or business.

    Median annual salary: $113,300
  • Urban and Regional Planners

    These employees work in an office or in the field to help revitalize communities, develop facilities, accommodate growing populations and analyze data.

    Median annual salary: $73,050
  • Contract Negotiators

    Contract negotiators communicate with stakeholders and determine the terms of contracts for various purposes including sales, distribution and employment.

    Median annual salary: $70,491
  • City and County Managers

    These employees manage workers who provide services to the public and can be employed by almost any industry.

    Median annual salary: $65,320

Why You Should Pursue an Online Administration Degree


Direct your MSA toward acquisition and contracts or public service and nonprofits.


Expert faculty integrate administrative theory and best practices.


Keep working while completing your education.

Accreditation & Accolades

The University of West Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University of West Florida also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of The University of West Florida may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling 404.679.4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

UWF Online is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. The voluntary agreement among member states and U.S. territories establishes comparable national standards for interstate offerings of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.

Frequently Asked Questions

To begin a certificate program, interested students need to fill out either a graduate or undergraduate non-degree seeking application. Once accepted as a non-degree seeking student, students should speak to an advisor about course availability and scheduling. Then, complete the online Graduate or Undergraduate Certificate Declaration Form on MyUWF. Current UWF students who would like to pursue a certificate should speak to their advisor. 

To begin a degree program, you first need to submit an application for undergraduate or graduate admission (plus a $30 application fee) and be accepted for admission to the University of West Florida. Some programs require a minimum GPA in all previous coursework. Depending on the program, you might also:

  • Submit official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended
  • Submit GRE, GMAT or MAT scores
  • Submit a letter of intent describing your work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree, including how the degree relates to your career goals
  • Submit a sample research paper
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit letter(s) of recommendation
  • Complete the residency application form for tuition purposes
  • Complete a departmental application form

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Most certificate programs can be completed in two semesters depending on requirements. Undergraduate degree programs typically take 4 years, although transfer credits can reduce the time to completion. The length of graduate degree programs is anywhere from 12–24 months depending on program requirements and transfer credits.

Yes. Faculty at the University of West Florida are experienced professionals who deliver an online education with the same rigor and benefits of an on-campus program. You will work with course management systems that enhance learning material with multimedia. You will also have the chance to interact one-on-one with classmates and instructors. Depending on the program and course, you will learn in real-time through live lectures and class sessions. Other requirements can be completed on your schedule.

The University of West Florida offers many ways to reduce the cost of your online education. In addition to affordable tuition rates, UWF offers various financial aid options for our online students, including loans, scholarships and grants. Members of the U.S. military, plus their families, are eligible for many military discounts, including free tuition through the Yellow Ribbon Program and tuition waivers. Active-duty military members receive an out-of-state tuition waiver. Residents of Alabama are eligible for Alabama Differential Tuition, a reduced out-of-state tuition rate. You could also enroll in a payment plan or secure a short-term loan.

You can expect a rigorous, quality online education in any UWF programs. If you are struggling in an online class, please reach out to your instructor to receive advice and guidance. You will find that our faculty are earnestly invested in your success.

You can expect a rigorous, quality online education in any UWF programs. If you are struggling in an online class, please reach out to your instructor to receive advice and guidance. You will find that our faculty are earnestly invested in your success.

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