Administration, M.S.A.

Degree:Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A.)
Major:Administration
Specializations:Public Administration
Sport Administration
Certificates:Acquisition and Contract Administration
Managing Sustainability and Resiliency
Sport Analytics
College:Business
CIP Code:52.0206
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 36

Public Administration

Department of Business Administration

Building Phone Website Email
Building 76A, Room 318 850-474-2316 https://uwf.edu/cob/departments/business-administration/ businessadmin@uwf.edu

Sport Management

Department of Commerce

Building Phone Website Email
Building 53, Room 120 850-474-2652 https://uwf.edu/cob/departments/commerce/ commerce@uwf.edu

There are two distinct degree specializations in the MSA degree- one is Public Administration the other is Sport Administration. 

Public Administration

The Master of Science in Administration, specialization in Public Administration, is designed to prepare students for leadership roles as managers and administrators in public, nonprofit, and private agencies. The core courses prepare students to assume positions in a variety of public administration settings and certificates are available to prepare them for management and administration in a specific field. There are two certificates from which students may choose: Acquisition and Contract Administration and Managing Sustainability and Resiliency.

Sport Administration

The Master of Science in Administration, specialization in Sport Administration, is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the sport industry, focusing on technology and the future of sport. The core courses prepare students to assume positions in a variety of sport business settings, and a certificate is available in the field of sport analytics as part of the degree. Everything from CRM, sport marketing, injury prevention, sport wagering, sport broadcasting, and numerous other areas are connected with numbers and the latest technology to streamline or optimize sport.  By completing the degree students also earn a certificate in Sport Analytics.

In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the M.S.A. must meet the requirements listed below. No more than 49% of the program requirements for the M.S.A. degree may be taken in traditional business subjects.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Undergraduate transcripts and institutional GPA
  • Graduate GPA, if applicable
  • Submission of a letter of intent describing the candidate’s work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals.
  • Overall fit with the program

Program Requirements

All students in the M.S.A. with a specialization in Public Administration will complete 6 hours of business core, a common public administration core, and at least one 9 credit hour certificate. Students must earn a “B” or above in all courses. 

All students in the M.S.A. with a specialization in Sport Administration will complete 6 hours of business core, an additional 6 hours of additional business classes, a common sport administration core, an internship or capstone, and two data related classes. Students must earn a “B” or above in all courses.

M.S.A Business Core

GEB 5872MBA Foundations: Financial Management I1.5
GEB 5875MBA Foundations: Management Skills and Applications1.5
MAN 6156Management and Organizational Behavior3
Total Hours6

The Public Administration Specialization is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage agencies and people in public and nonprofit organizations. All students will complete the MSA core (6 semester hours) and Public Administration Specialization (21 semester hours). Students will also select one certificate (9 semester hours). The program requires 36 total hours for completion. Students must earn a “B” or above in all courses.

M.S.A. Core (6 sh)

See Program Requirements

Public Administration Specialization (21 sh) 

PAD 6041Public Service Ethics3
PAD 6053Public Administration: Theory and Practice3
PAD 6227Public Budgeting3
PAD 6275Political Economy of Public Administration3
PAD 6417Public Service Human Resource Management3
PAD 6946Public Administration Capstone3
PUP 5045Public Policy Analysis3
Total Hours21

Certificate (9 sh) 

Students will choose either the Managing Sustainability and Resiliency or the Acquisition and Contract Administration Certificate to complete the degree requirements. 

Sport Administration

The Sport Administration Specialization is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage various sport organizations with a focus on analytics and how numbers and technology are changing the face of the sport industry. All students will complete the MSA core (6 semester hours), additional 6 credits of required business courses, the two data analytics classes (6 credit hours), and Sport Administration Specialization (18 semester hours). The total credit hours for the program are 36 credit hours. Students must earn a “B” or above in all courses.

M.S.A. Core (6 sh)

See Program Requirements.

Sport Administration Specialization - Business Core (6 sh)

GEB 5873MBA Foundations: Financial Management II1.5
GEB 5870MBA Foundations: e-Business Systems1.5
GEB 5876MBA Foundations: Marketing Management1.5
GEB 5879MBA Foundations: Business Analytics1.5
Total Hours6

Sport Administration Specialization - Sport Core (18 sh)

SPM 6163Applied Sport Management: Management3
SPM 6308Applied Sport Management: Marketing3
SPM 5708Sport Analytics3
SPM 6947Internship3
or SPM 6946 Capstone
Choose two of the following:6
Esports Management
Sport Betting
Environmental Sustainability in Sport
Internship
Capstone
Or a course from the College of Business or another area on campus approved by an advisor.
Total Hours18

In addition to the 30 credit hours outlined above (12 credits of College of Business courses and 18 credits of Sport Administration Core) students are required to take two classes from the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering (HMCSE) associated with data awareness and then data fluency. With the successful completion of these two classes, students in the MSA Specialization in Sport Administration will have earned a certificate in sport analytics through completing four classes associated with analytics.

Data Focus Courses (6 sh)

STA 5015Data Awareness3
STA 6094Data Fluency3
Total Hours6

Acquisition and Contract Administration Certificate

The University of West Florida’s Acquisition and Contract Administration Certificate prepares students to enter positions in public acquisition management, with coursework that can create additional opportunities for career professionals. The curriculum acquaints students with contracting from pre-award to contract close-out, providing both practical and theoretical knowledge to create a solid foundation for a rewarding career in government contracting, nonprofits, or with civilian contractors who engage in public sector contracts.

Students study the entire public contracting life cycle, including planning, solicitation, selection, negotiation, award, post-award administration, and close-out. Classes will also examine the underlying legal and theoretical basis of public purchasing, considering the place and importance of acquisitions within the larger government structure. Through individual work products and team-based interactions, students apply knowledge to real-world circumstances. Students’ ability to see a contracting situation from various perspectives will be invaluable in achieving outcomes that are fair to all parties with the best value for the client.

The 9-credit hour certificate program is offered completely online and may be applied to the certificate requirement of the MSA -Public Administration degree program. The certificate is also available to those students wishing to expand their knowledge and skills in relation to government acquisitions and contract administration without completing the full Master of Science in Administration degree program.

PAD 5635Government Contract Law3
PAD 5855Contract Planning and Formulation3
PAD 5862Contract Award and Administration3
Total Hours9

Managing Sustainability and Resiliency Certificate

The Managing Sustainability and Resiliency Certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and apply sustainability and resiliency policies and strategies in their roles as managers and administrators of public service agencies. The 9-credit hour certificate program is offered completely online. The courses in the certificate program supplement the broader Master of Science in Administration – Public Administration degree program.

PAD 5434Leadership in Sustainability3
PAD 6357Sustainability and Resiliency Planning3
PAD 6335Strategic Management for Public Service Organizations3
Total Hours9

The certificate is also available to those wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills related to managing sustainability and resiliency without completing the full Master of Science in Administration/Public Administration degree program.

Sport Analytics Certificate

The Certificate in Sport Analytics is automatically part of the MSA with a specialization in Sport Administration. Utilizing courses from the College of Business, the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, and the Sport Management Program, students will be exposed to analytics from various perspectives to help enhance their educational experience. Students must achieve a "B" or better in each course and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the combined courses. All courses are available online.  

GEB 5879MBA Foundations: Business Analytics1.5
GEB 5870MBA Foundations: e-Business Systems1.5
SPM 5708Sport Analytics3
STA 5015Data Awareness3
STA 6094Data Fluency3
Total Hours12