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Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

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Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) got its start in 1958 as a graduate school offering the scientists and engineers of the early U.S. space program advanced degrees in technology and engineering. Today, Florida Tech is a tier one national research university offering master’s and doctoral degrees in aeronautics, business, computing, communications, education, engineering, mathematics, psychology, and science. Students from more than 100 countries worldwide choose to study at Florida Tech.

Located in the Heart of Florida's High-Tech "Space Coast"

One of the reasons students travel far and wide to earn a master’s or doctoral degree at Florida Tech is the university’s hard-to-beat location. Campus is located in the center of Brevard County, an area known locally as the “Space Coast,” in the town of Melbourne, Florida. To our students, this means three things: (1) Nearly year-round sunshine, perfect for fun-in-the-sun and outdoor fieldwork; (2) Living a short drive away from the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Orlando; and (3) Opportunities to do research for and work with some of the country’s most innovative high-tech companies and agencies, including Harris Corporation, Northrop Grumman, SpaceX, Embraer, GE, United Launch Alliance, and NASA – Kennedy Space Center.

Engineering and Science Programs Fueled by Enterprising Research

Another reason students come from all over the world to study at Florida Tech is the dynamic and inspiring “research life” of the university. As a research-intensive university, Florida Tech provides ample opportunity for students pursuing an advanced degree to connect with professors and become a part of interesting and exciting research. In broad terms, the university’s research strengths include advanced manufacturing, aerospace engineering, applied behavior analysis and autism treatment, cross cultural management, cybersecurity and assured information, human centered design, lagoon and ocean sciences, and space sciences. More specifically, Florida Tech graduate students work alongside faculty as part of research groups, institutes, laboratories, and centers focused on subjects such as: sharks, sportfish, lightning, space commercialization, Mars colonization, sustainability, green chemistry, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, climate change, organizational effectiveness, animal behavior, biofouling and corrosion, conservation, machine learning, and biometrics (to name just a few). 

A Graduate Degree in Every Conceivable Field, from Aviation to Psychology

Florida Tech comprises four major academic divisions, or colleges, each providing a unique academic culture and close-knit learning community for its students. The College of Aeronautics offers master’s degrees in Aviation Human Factors, Aviation Management, Airport Development, and Applied Aviation Safety, as well as a PhD in Aviation Sciences and an online Av.D., or Doctor of Aviation. The Bisk College of Business offers a master’s in Accounting and Financial Forensics, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). The College of Psychology and Liberal Arts offers master’s degrees in Global Strategic Communication, Applied Behavior Analysis, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Organizational Leadership, as well as doctoral programs in Behavior Analysis, Clinical Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Florida Tech’s largest college, the College of Engineering and Science, is home to master’s and doctoral programs in Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Education, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science, Human-Centered Design, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Oceanography, Operations Research, Physics, Software Engineering, Space Sciences, and Systems Engineering. Other master’s degrees include Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Conservation Technology, Earth Remote Sensing, Ecology, Engineering Management, Environmental Resource Management, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Interdisciplinary Science, Marine Biology, Flight Test Engineering and Meteorology.

Flexible Off-Campus and Online Master's Degree Programs for Working Professionals Outside of Florida

Through its Department of Extended Studies and Office of Online Learning, Florida Tech makes a variety of unique, specialized, and highly career-oriented master’s degree programs available to students worldwide. Outside of Melbourne, Florida, the university operates learning locations in Alabama, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as other locales in Florida (Orlando, Titusville, and Eglin Air Force Base). All master’s programs offered at these sites are also offered online through the Extended Studies Virtual Site. Additional online master’s degree programs are offered via FloridaTechOnline.com.

Master’s programs offered through Extended Studies include: Acquisition and Contract Management, Aerospace Engineering, Commercial Enterprise in Space, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Business Administration (MBA), Education, Electrical Engineering, Flight Test Engineering, Healthcare Management, Logistics Management, Management, Public Administration (MPA), Mechanical Engineering, Operations Research, Project Management, Quality Management, Space Systems, Supply Chain Management, Systems Management, and Technology Management. FloridaTechOnline.com master’s programs include Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Supply Chain Management, and the MBA with specializations in Accounting, Cybersecurity, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Healthcare Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Project Management.

Success of Florida Tech Alumni Speaks to the Quality of Graduate Studies

More than 60,000 students from more than 120 countries have earned degrees from Florida Tech. Notable alumni include five Space Shuttle astronauts, the first female four-star general in U.S. military history, a 1984 Olympic gold medalist in rowing, a two-time major league World Series-winning pitcher, a National Teacher of the Year, and a member of the LPGA tour. Countless Florida Tech graduates have gone onto successful careers as engineers, scientists, aviators, educators, designers, entrepreneurs, inventors, communicators, and leaders in a multitude of industries. Top employers of Florida Tech alumni include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Harris Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Boeing, Raytheon, SpaceX and agencies such as NASA, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Departments & Programs

Student Body

2,750
Total Graduate Students
52%
International Breakout (representing other countries)
47%
Out-of-state students

Gender

Male (59%)
Female (40%)

Faculty

366
Total faculty
Full-time - 236
Part-time - 130
Male (294)
Female (72)

Location & Contact

Address 150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL  32901-6975
United States
Contact Ms. Cheryl A. Brown
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Email: cbrown@fit.edu
Phone: 321-674-7581
Fax: 321-723-9468