Academic Program Proposal

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Florida Institute of Technology
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Bachelors, Masters, DoctoralOut-of-State Renewal Application 8/27/2020
Out-of-State Renewal Application Program Description
Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) has submitted a renewal application with a request for extended approval through August 31, 2025, to continue offering programs at its two previously approved sites at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), 320 Johnson St., APG, MD 21005, and University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USMSM), located at 44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619. FIT is an independent, non-profit institution located in Melbourne, FL. FIT is chartered by the State of Florida and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. FIT is registered as a foreign corporation in Maryland and is in good standing. <br> <br>FIT has operated in the State of Maryland prior to the creation of MHEC, and has produced over 2,000 graduates from its Maryland locations In addition to APG and USMSM, FIT was first authorized to offer programs at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River (Pax River) in 1972 – the institution’s first Maryland site. When the military installation determined to terminate the Memorandum of Understanding with all institutions leasing instructional space at the military site, FIT transferred all approved Pax River programs to the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC), now known as USMSM, and has held conditional approval with the requirement that the Pax River programs be submitted for approval at renewal. In addition to the 13 programs being transferred from Pax River to USMSM, FIT seeks approval of one new program at the Southern Maryland site. Additionally, the institution has discontinued several programs at APG and USMSM. <br> <br>Aberdeen Proving Ground - 320 Johnson St., Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005 <br> <br>Previously approved programs: <br>1. Master of Business Administration (MBA) <br>2. M.S. in Acquisition &amp; Contract Management <br>3. M.S. in Human Resource Management <br>4. M.S. in Management <br>5. M.S. in Management – Acquisition &amp; Contract Management <br>6. M.S. in Management – Information Systems <br>7. M.S. in Management – Logistics Management <br>8. M.S. in Project Management M.S. in Project Management – Information Systems <br>9. M.S. in Project Management – Operations Research <br>Newly proposed programs: <br>None <br> <br>Discontinued programs at APG <br>The following programs previously approved at APG have been discontinued or moved online. All previous enrollees of discontinued programs have graduated, and there have been no new enrollments <br> <br>1. M.S. in Engineering Management (last graduate prior to Fall 2015) <br>2. M.S. in Operations Research (moved online) <br>3. M.S. in Systems Management (moved online) <br>4. M.S. in Systems Management – Information Systems (moved online) <br>5. M.S. in Systems Management – Operations Research (moved online) <br> <br>University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland - 44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619 <br> <br>Previously Approved Programs <br>1. B.S. in Logistics Management <br>2. M.S. in Logistics Management <br>3. M.S. in Management – Logistics Management <br>4. M.S. in Project Management <br>5. M.S. in Project Management – Information Systems <br>6. M.S. in Project Management – Operations Research <br>7. M.S in Technology Management <br>8. Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) <br> <br>New programs previously approved (transferred from Patuxent River, and submitted as new programs due to location change): <br> <br>Master of Science in Acquisition &amp; Contracts Management <br>The Master of Science in Acquisition and Contracts Management is designed for adult working <br>professionals in the public and private sectors of acquisition and contract management. The <br>curriculum provides coverage of federal procurement practices, current issues in contracting <br>and contract administration, legal and financial aspects of government contracting and policy <br>issues associated with acquisition and contract management. <br> <br>Post-Graduate Certificate in Acquisition &amp; Contracts Management <br>The certificate is awarded to students who complete the 15-credit-hour program consisting of <br>essentials of contracting management including contract changes, subcontracts, cost principles, <br>and contract negotiations, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. <br> <br>Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering <br>The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering seeks to expand student knowledge, skills, <br>ability and competency in the field of aerospace and aeronautical engineering. The master of <br>science degree can be earned in one of four major areas: aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, <br>aerospace structures and materials, combustion and propulsion, and flight mechanics and <br>controls. Employers seek out graduates with a master&#39;s degree in aerospace engineering from <br>Florida Tech. Those choosing to enter the workforce after graduation can expect to find an <br>abundance of job opportunities in design and development, test and evaluation, and research <br>at activities aboard Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD and with leading aerospace firms such <br>as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon, KBR Wyle, Harris Corp., GE, Pratt <br>and Whitney, and others. <br> <br>Master of Business Administration (MBA) <br>The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program is designed for professionals <br>from diverse backgrounds seeking advanced leadership positions in the private, public, and <br>military sectors. MBA students gain comprehensive knowledge in accounting, economics, <br>finance, marketing and organizational behavior from a managerial perspective. Students <br>expand their depth of knowledge on the inter-relatedness of business functions with executive <br>decision-making and corporate leadership. The objective of the master’s in business <br>administration is to equip students with the knowledge, critical thinking and leadership skills <br>necessary to solve complex business situations applicable to any industry. <br> <br>Master of Science in Computer Information Systems <br>The Master of Science in computer information systems at Florida Tech emphasizes problem <br>solving within the computing field, paying special attention to software and services <br>construction, database integration, design and maintenance of data-driven systems and <br>knowledge of emerging technologies on a wide variety of platforms. The program also prepares students for many other segments of the industry including systems administration, network administration, enterprise management and modeling, computer programming, data driven real-time systems, web-based and mobile computing applications. <br> <br>Master of Science in Computer Science <br>A master’s degree in computer science provides students with the technical expertise needed <br>to enter top jobs such as information technology, database administration, systems <br>engineering, software development, computer security, software and network architecture, <br>and systems analysis. Graduates develop algorithmic thinking and the ability to design, develop <br>and test software and information systems in order to create new methods of human-computer <br>interaction, design intelligent systems or program high-powered software <br>applications. <br> <br>Master of Science in Electrical Engineering <br>The master&#39;s in electrical engineering program prepares graduates to meet the technological <br>challenges of the 21st century. Specialization in the master&#39;s in electrical engineering degree is <br>offered in: Wireless Communication, Photonics, Spacecraft Systems, Systems and Information <br>Processing, and Wireless Systems and Technology. Electrical and computer engineering <br>graduates design, develop, test and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment such <br>as motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems and power equipment. <br>Graduates with a master&#39;s in electrical engineering work primarily in research and <br>development, engineering services, manufacturing, federal government, and in a variety of <br>industries including electronics, communications, energy, railway and automotive. <br> <br>Master of Science in Engineering Management <br>The Master of Science in Engineering Management degree program is designed for <br>professionals in engineering and related technical fields seeking to enhance their technical <br>expertise and lead dynamic work teams. This degree gives individuals a unique blend of <br>engineering and management expertise, preparing them with the leadership skills they need to <br>oversee complex technical projects. The core competencies of the master’s in engineering <br>management include quality and project engineering encompassing need and requirement <br>identification, design and implementation planning and budgets, measurement of objectives <br>and product/process engineering to improve system performance in addition to engineering <br>operations and logistics and team dynamics and productivity. <br> <br>Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering <br>The Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering seeks to expand student knowledge, skills, <br>ability and competency in the field of aircraft flight testing. Flight test engineering views the <br>aircraft design problem from the perspective of evaluating the performance of an existing <br>aircraft, rather than from the perspective of designing an airplane to meet performance <br>specifications. The core courses teach the engineer how to test an aircraft safely, measure <br>aircraft performance and determine its flying qualities. The program teaches students the <br>necessary measurement techniques, instrumentation, and the data analysis methods required <br>to collect and reduce flight test data to standard atmospheric conditions, expand the results for <br>publication in pilot operating handbooks, and for use in improving the design of future aircraft. <br>Additionally, the program teaches students how to test and evaluate the aircraft’s various <br>mechanical and electrical subsystems including propulsion, structure and avionics. <br> <br>Master of Science in Management <br>The Master of Science in Management prepares individuals for advanced <br>leadership positions in the private, public and military sectors with specific skills and <br>competencies in management and identified specialization (9 credits) areas. In a highly competitive workforce, ambitious business professionals must develop the type of skills that are relevant to diverse organizations. The master’s in management combines advanced business skills in accounting, organizational behavior, communications, planning and development, leadership, critical thinking, and human resources to create graduates who are ready to lead in senior-level positions. During their final year of study, students in the master’s in management degree program obtain practical experience working with organizations in need of advanced <br>management expertise. This project takes the place of a traditional research thesis or a <br>comprehensive program examination. Working on complex challenges facing an operating <br>business, students consult in teams and apply the research skills they have acquired and the <br>curriculum they have learned to formulate solutions that address the organization’s needs. <br> <br>Area of Specialization in Acquisition &amp; Contracts Management <br>The Master of Science in Management with a Specialization (9 credits) in Acquisition and Contracts Management degree program is designed for professionals from diverse backgrounds seeking a degree that prepares them with the strategic decision-making skills necessary for management positions in any organization. The management master’s degree with a specialization (9 credits) in acquisition and contract management focuses on procurement, contract negotiations, cost principles, and subcontract formulation, among other topics related to acquisition and contract management as well as the core competencies of the master’s degree in management. Career paths for individuals who earn a master’s degree in management, especially with a specialization (9 credits) in acquisition and contract management, vary widely as the program is suited for any individual who is advancing their career in the private, public, and military sector. <br> <br>Area of specialize in Information Systems (9 credits) <br>The Master of Science in Management with a specialization (9 credits) in information systems is designed for professionals from diverse backgrounds seeking a degree that prepares them with the strategic decision-making skills necessary for management positions in any organization. The degree focuses on database and computers systems and other topics related to information systems, as well as the core competencies of the master&#39;s degree in management. Career paths are varied for individuals who earn a master&#39;s in management, especially those with a specialization (9 credits) in information systems, as the program is suited to everyone advancing their career in the private, public, or military sectors. <br> <br>Newly proposed program not previously authorized in Maryland: <br> <br>M.S. in Information Technology <br>The Master of Science in Information Technology degree program provides individuals the skills <br>to manage and analyze the information technology (IT) needs for an organization or company, <br>and determine how these assets are deployed and managed, logically, efficiently and securely. <br>The objectives of the degree are to provide an enhanced focus on the strategic importance of <br>the wide range of the IT spectrum including vital topics like database administration and <br>cybersecurity in such critical demand by IT professionals. The M.S. in Information Technology <br>program also has two optional 9-credit specializations in cybersecurity and database <br>administration that allow students to more closely study these areas. The skills provided will <br>prepare students in the areas of IT analysis, design and administration. <br> <br>Discontinued programs at USMSM <br> <br>The following programs have been discontinued or moved online. All previous enrollees of <br>discontinued programs have graduated, and there have been no new enrollments: <br>Master of Public Administration (MPA) (moved online) <br>1. M.S. in Management – Human Resources Management (moved online) <br>2. M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (last graduate prior to Fall 2015) <br>