University of South Florida


Masters - Face to face

The Professional Science Master's degree is an innovative graduate degree designed to allow you to pursue advanced training and excel in science without a Ph.D., while simultaneously developing highly valued business skills without an M.B.A. By design, PSM degrees combine advanced discipline-specific coursework with activities that develop those communications and technical skills that are highly valued by non-academic employers. The purpose of the PSM degree is to prepare you for a career in technology-oriented business or government where workforce needs are increasing.

Criminal Justice Administration

Masters - Blended

This program is designed to develop and enhance professional practice in the criminal justice community. The MACJA prepares you for advanced levels of management by enhancing your skills, decision-making processes and analytic capabilities in the contemporary environment of criminal justice practice. The MACJA targets students interested in the criminal justice system who have a committed interest in enhancing their professionalism and developing their practitioner and management skills.

Learning Design and Technology

Masters - Online

The Master of Science in Learning Design and Technology program offers four distinct concentrations including:

  • E-learning design and development
  • Cybersecurity education
  • Big data and learning analytics
  • Game-based learning and analytics.

Each concentration requires 33 credit hours that consist of 21 credit hours (7 courses) of program core courses, 9 credit hours (3 courses) of concentration courses, and 3 credit hours (1 course) of a capstone course.  The program provides a comprehensive curriculum and intensive training to prepare students for the job market of today and the emerging fields of tomorrow in K-12 schools, higher education, industry, military and/or other governmental agencies.

Library & Information Science

Masters - Online

The School of Library and Information Science, part of the USF College of Arts and Sciences, offers an M.A. program in library and information science. This degree has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association since 1975. Graduates are prepared to assume a wide variety of service and leadership positions in libraries and information centers.

Public Administration

Masters - Blended

The University of South Florida Public Administration Program offers a multi-disciplinary course of study leading to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. The MPA degree is designed to prepare you for successful leadership roles and management careers in the public sector. Graduates of the MPA Program pursue careers in local, state or federal agencies of government, non-profit organizations and special service districts. Additionally, the MPA degree can prepare you for further academic study leading to the Doctorate in Public Administration or the Ph.D. in public policy and administration, as well as in a variety of other disciplines. The Program serves two types of students, 1) individuals currently employed in public service positions who may wish to pursue the MPA in order to broaden their educational backgrounds, prepare themselves for increased job responsibilities, or change career paths. Such in-service students currently make up the majority of the MPA student body, and 2) pre-service students who have recently completed a bachelor's degree and wish to use the master's degree to gain entry into a professional career track. Additionally, the MPA degree prepares individuals for further academic study at the doctoral level in public administration or related areas of study.

Program Development (Emphasis in Educational Innovation)

Doctorate - Blended

Education is a huge and growing enterprise involving millions of students and tens of thousands of educators in schools, colleges, businesses, nonprofits, the military, government, and dozens of other settings. It is also a field that is driven by innovation and the need for creative approaches to prepare students for a global environment that demands continuous learning in the face of rapid change.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Program Development with an emphasis in Educational Innovation prepares practicing professionals to develop and lead sustainable educational innovation in their own settings. This 54 credit hour professional degree, designed to be completed in three years, has a strong inquiry component that focuses on significant problems of practice in real-world educational settings. Required courses are scheduled at times and locations convenient for working professionals, and many distance-learning options are available as electives.

Hospitality Management

Bachelors - Blended

The School of Hotel & Restaurant Management provides a high-quality program and promotes the student's career interests in the field of hospitality. The Hospitality emphasis and upper level requirements provide the broad cognitive skills and perspectives that are associated with baccalaureate education and are relevant to the work environment. The curriculum is designed to fit seamlessly with an Associate in Science degree from a Florida public institution.


Bachelors - Blended

Economics analyzes the behavior, policies and laws of individuals, firms and political institutions, seeking to understand how these economic factors determine the allocation of resources. Economics provides much of the theoretical underpinnings for the other business disciplines. By studying economics you gain a solid foundation of economic theory and applications that enable you to analyze and understand many issues from an economic perspective.

Business Administration

Masters - Blended

The intent of this program is to prepare you for a lifetime of opportunities, not just your next job. The USF MBA curriculum is continually evaluated for its strength and relevance to changing global issues, business ethics, cultural diversity and the innovation of technology. The program is taught through a participative and experiential based curriculum.

Educational Leadership Development

Masters - Blended

The M.Ed. program in Educational Leadership Development is designed for teachers and other practicing school professionals who want to earn a master's degree and Florida K-12 Instructional Leadership certification. The program is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education and its constructivist, standards-based approach to studying school leadership provides a balance between theory and practice. It is structured to build the requisite skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) and enable graduates to be effective leaders in today's educational settings. Course design and scheduling address the needs of working professionals and candidates.

Higher Education Administration PhD

Doctorate - Online


The PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Higher Education Administration is a research degree that prepares individuals interested in teaching, research, and policy positions in both community colleges and universities.

Appropriate professional positions for graduates of this program would be:

  • Faculty who intend to teach in universities in the field of higher education
  • Faculty who wish to teach in community colleges
  • Administrators who seek positions that entail expertise in research and policy
  • Institutional researchers in colleges and universities
  • Policy analysts in state and national higher education agencies and organizations

Leadership in Higher Education Graduate Certificate

Doctorate - Online

NEW!! The Post Master’s Leadership in Higher Education Graduate Certificate provides leadership strategies, skills and knowledge for those who are employed in the Community College/ Higher Education or seek employment in this environment. The Certificate is designed to meet the needs of individuals interested in senior level leadership positions. Those who have graduate degrees in other fields of study will find this leadership certificate of special value.

The program also provides opportunities to improve practice for those who currently serve in leadership positions. Issues such as the “emerging undergraduate college” from the current community college structure will be presented. Current faculty who wish to seek faculty leadership roles within the community college/higher education institution will also benefit from this program of studies.

College Teaching Graduate Certificate

Doctorate - Online

NEW!! The Graduate Certificate in College Teaching is designed to assist prospective and current college and university faculty to acquire skills and knowledge important for effective teaching in higher education. Participants will gain understanding of the nature of the institutions in which they teach; acquire effective teaching methods and strategies; learn about the faculty role in curriculum development; and study other topics valuable for success as a faculty member.

Academic Advising Graduate Certificate

Doctorate - Online

NEW!! The Graduate Certificate in Advising is intended for practicing academic advisors and those who plan to enter the field. The curriculum addresses an array of relevant topics including advising theories and approaches, issues of diversity, and other challenging characteristics of students who participate in academic advising services. Upon completion of the Certificate, student should be able to:

  • Promote student success
  • Apply various approaches based on individual student need
  • Understand institutional and government laws and policies that affect their ability to advise effectively
  • Refer students to institutional and community resources
  • Recognize differences among students and respond to student issues accordingly