University of West Florida To Offer 100% Online MBAs And Graduate Nursing Degrees

Academic Partnerships will be service provider that supports university's outreach to working adults

Aug 19, 2015, 09:30 ET from University of West Florida from ,Academic Partnerships

PENSACOLA, Fla., Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- University of West Florida (UWF) is expanding its offerings of 100-percent online graduate degree programs with the addition of an advanced nursing degree with two specializations, and an MBA program with four areas of emphasis to choose from. UWF has contracted with Academic Partnerships to provide broad-based services in support of the university's new online degree programs.

The Department of Nursing-UWF will offer:

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an emphasis in Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an emphasis in Nursing Education

The next application deadline for online MSN classes is Sept. 14, 2015, with classes starting on Oct. 14, 2015.

The Nursing Leadership and Management track is designed for nurses who seek a supervisory or leadership role in the healthcare industry. The Master's in Nursing Education prepares nurses to become an educator in an academic or hospital setting. Both programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

"UWF's new graduate nursing degree specializations reflect the increasing demand for a highly educated nursing workforce that can address the growing challenges and complexities in healthcare," said Chair of the Department of Nursing and Associate Dean of Health Ermalynn M. Kiehl. "Professional nursing continues to be a rewarding lifetime career with many opportunities for advancement."

The UWF College of Business will offer:

  • A general Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MBA with an emphasis in Accounting
  • MBA with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship
  • MBA with an emphasis in Supply Chain Logistics Management

The first application deadline for online MBA programs is Sept. 14, 2015, with classes starting on Oct. 14, 2015.

The UWF College of Business is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Fewer than 4.7 percent of business schools worldwide have earned this symbol of the highest standard in management education.

"Our online MBA programs will deliver the same rigor as their on-campus counterparts and include coursework with a focus on solving real-world business problems through experiential learning and case study analysis," said College of Business Dean Tim O'Keefe. "UWF students graduate with real-world knowledge and relevant skills that can be immediately applied to enhance their careers."

UWF was named among "Military Friendly® Schools" in 2015 for a seventh consecutive year by G.I. Jobs Magazine, placing UWF among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trades schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.

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"AP is honored to partner with visionary university leaders who want to make higher education more accessible and affordable," said Jim Lummus, Academic Partnerships' senior vice president of University Partnerships. "University of West Florida already has been an important partner in expanding graduate-degree options for teachers, and we are grateful for the opportunity to support their online expansion into business and nursing graduate degree programs."

Academic Partnerships serves its partner institutions through a university-centric model in which a dedicated team of functional experts is assigned to grow enrollments and revenue for the university with integrity while ensuring first-class customer service. In nursing, for example, the company has taken a prominent role in enabling advanced degree programs throughout the U.S., in alignment with the Institute of Medicine's goal to elevate levels of education and training for nurses by 2020. More than 32,000 nurses have already enrolled in advanced degree programs through AP's partnerships with universities throughout the nation.

About The University of West Florida
Founded in 1963, the University of West Florida is a vibrant, distinctive institute of higher learning with undergraduate, graduate and targeted research programs. With multiple locations in Northwest Florida, the University serves a student population of more than 12,000. Dedicated to helping students realize their full potential, UWF favors small class sizes with quality teacher-scholars who deliver personalized, innovative, hands-on learning and leadership opportunities. 

About Academic Partnerships
Academic Partnerships is a leading online service provider for higher education globally. The company assists universities in converting their on-campus degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students for those programs, and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, Academic Partnerships is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through technology-aided learning make higher education more accessible and achievable. The company was founded by a social entrepreneur, Randy Best, who has spent nearly 20 years developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. For more information, please visit

Media Contacts:

University of West Florida
Megan Gonzalez
Director of University Communications

Academic Partnerships
Dan Smith
Vice President of PR & Communications


SOURCE University of West Florida; Academic Partnerships