Florida Institute of Technology was founded in 1958 as the Brevard Engineering College, an institution that was meant to offer continuing education opportunities for technicians and engineers employed by NASA at Cape Canaveral. The private, non-profit institute, located in Melbourne, Fla., awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in aeronautics, business, engineering, psychology, science, and more.
The U.S. News & World Report placed Florida Institute of Technology at No. 164 in its national universities ranking. The institute’s online programs were also rated highly. It was placed No. 15 for faculty credentials and training of the top online bachelor’s degree programs, No. 16 in student services and technology for the top online business and engineering programs, and No. 7 in student engagement and accreditation of the top online engineering schools.
The institute has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1964, and it also has specialized accreditation from the American Psychological Association. The institute also offers 20 online master’s degree programs, including in management, public administration, project management, space systems, and systems management. Generally speaking, students applying for admission to the master’s degree programs must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. An applicant’s academic and professional record should also suggest he or she will be successful in a graduate-level program.
ANGEL, the institute’s online course management system, allows students to communicate with their instructors and peers in discussion forums and email and download course content to their iPods or other RSS ready devices. It features virtual office hours, chat, instant messenger, desktop sharing, and wiki and blog interaction tools. With the ANGEL platform, instructors can monitor academic performance, student activity, and they can use this information to identify at-risk students.
Online learning is a great option for students who may not have the time to attend class on a campus. It gives them greater flexibility that allows them to complete their course work in their own time without compromising other obligations they may have, such as to their family or their job.