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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

College of Applied Studies

Dean: Randall Hanna; Interim Associate Dean: Amy Polick

Established in 2010, the College of Applied Studies is the newest college at the University. The administrative offices of the College of Applied Studies are located on the Panama City campus, which is about one hundred miles southwest of Tallahassee, on beautiful North Bay.


Florida State University Panama City provides academic advising to students interested in pursuing coursework in the College of Applied Studies. For more information, please contact Angie Sexton by e-mail at or at (850) 770-2178.

Certificate Programs

In addition to the degree programs, the College of Applied Studies offers certificate programs that provide additional specialized areas of emphasis. The certificate programs offered include:


The College of Applied Studies currently offers the following programs:

  • MS in Corporate and Public Communication
  • MS in Nurse Anesthesia

Plans are underway for additional programs that will serve the needs of the local and online community. For the latest information on new programs, visit the college’s Web site at Applied-Studies.


The College of Applied Studies is housed in seven buildings on the Panama City campus. The campus occupies just over twenty-five acres. The most recent additions to the campus are a $7.9 million Administrative Services Center and a $32 million Academic Center. The 14,000-square-foot Administrative Services Center, completed in March 2007, houses the police department, postal services center, maintenance department and receiving area, as well as the central utility plant for the entire campus. The Academic Center will accommodate significant growth in enrollment, approximately doubling the academic capacity of the campus. The three-story facility in excess of 100,000 square feet provides twenty-one general purpose classrooms, student seminar rooms, study and meeting rooms, a library and learning center, a 500-seat multi-purpose lecture hall/community room, and ten academic laboratories in support of programs in criminology, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, advanced scientific diving and underwater crime scene investigation. Groundbreaking for the Florida State Panama City Academic Center was held in January 2007. The Academic Center was formally dedicated the Alfred P. and Mamie V. Holley Academic Center on January 21, 2009. The Holley Academic Center was named in recognition of Russell C. Holley’s naming gift in honor and memory of his parents.