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2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin

College of Applied Studies


Dean: Randall Hanna; Associate Deans: Amy Polick, Irvin Clark; Assistant Dean: Banyon Pelham

Established in 2010, the College of Applied Studies is one of the newest colleges 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.


Graduate students at Florida State University Panama City work closely with the professors of their academic programs and receive academic and career advising directly from faculty. All graduate students should consult regularly with their supervising professor about progress toward the degree.

Graduate Programs

The College of Applied Studies currently offers the following graduate programs:

  • MS/MA in Corporate and Public Communication
  • MS in Organizational Management and Communication
  • MS in Law Enforcement Intelligence
  • Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)

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 website at

Certificate Programs

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

  • Graduate Certificate in Underwater Crime Scene Investigation
  • Graduate Certificate in Law Enforcement Intelligence

Additional information regarding the certificate programs may be found at


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 Holley Academic Center. The 14,000-square-foot Administrative Services Center houses the police department, postal services center, maintenance department, and receiving area, as well as the central utility plant for the entire campus. The Holley Academic Center is the largest and most central building on campus. The Holley Center is a three-story facility in excess of 100,000 square feet and it houses twenty-one general purpose classrooms, a digital design studio, student success center, veteran's ready room, advising center, student seminar rooms, study and meeting rooms, a library and learning center, a 500-seat multi-purpose lecture hall/community room, and ten academic/computer laboratories in support of programs in public safety and security, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, advanced scientific diving, and underwater crime scene investigation. The Holley Academic Center was named in recognition of Russell C. Holley's naming gift in honor and memory of his parents.