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Degree: Information Technology
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This school is great. BUT IT IS NOT A DEGREE MILL, THE WORK IS CHALLENGING! YOU MUST WORK VERY HARD. Ive attended the best universities in the world, and the level of instruction is the same.

Would you get the same degree if you could start over?

I would choose this degree program because it's highly respected, especially in Florida.

What advice can you offer other students?

FIT is the real deal. No joke, regionally accredited. But stay on top of University Alliance, the company that runs their program. You can easily fall through the cracks and you have to make them do their job.

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Jason - 4 months ago

This comment is absolutely accurate and you MUST manage your interactions with University Alliance. They will not provide you with answers unless you know what to ask and even then it is unlikely they will have an answer. They will normally give you the name of who to contact at the actual school for help. Don't let them con you into using their book service either. All the books are available on Amazon for nearly 1/2 the price and you can trade them in for a credit when done.

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Degree: Project Management
Graduation Year: 2016
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Employee Tuition Reimbursement: When I enrolled at FT thru UA, I was told that they have a great option for those who receive full employer tuition reimbursement. They said that they would place a hold on the credit card used for the class for 45 days to allow for the tuition reimbursement to be paid, prior to the student having to pay the bill. This awesome option led me to enroll, but it only lasted for one course, before I was told that it is not the policy to do this, so my grades were frozen until i pad the bill - which they never sent me. All told it took more than 10 days, 15 phone calls, and numerous emails to various people all over Florida Tech and the UA to finally get told that I had to pay first to get my grade report. unfortunatley for me the rules appeared to change just as my employer was closing its doors making any reimbursement option virtually impossible to complete. Course Work: If you have an undergrad business degree you will likely be able to handle the insanely fast paced workload of these courses, if you don't then do not enroll here. Since my undergrad is in journalism, I did not the have the general business courses that appear to be required for BUS5602. In this "intro" course you will expect to complete a 100 page business plan, read and apply all aspects of an entire statistics textbook in 2 weeks, read more than 10 chapters per week, and view about the same number of lectures each week. There is no time to actually learn, so if you do not laready know it, then be prepared to struggle tremendously.

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mcgruff - 11 months ago

University Alliance handles the payments and online website and can be a bit incompetent, no doubt. I did the 45 day reimbursement delay however for most of my 2 year degree with not a single problem. You need to stay on top of them a little, but that's life. My company's HR department was slower and harder to deal with.

If you can't handle the work load then that's ok, but it's no reason to put down the school. My undergrad was in engineering. The concepts are generally not difficult, but the work is time consuming. It's a master's degree. You said that "there's no time to actually learn" because of all the reading and watching lectures and writing? Now I don't have a master's degree (oh wait, I do), but I think that is called learning. I will agree however that the two Intro courses are less of an introduction and more of a broad overview of an entire business degree. That's why they allow you to get a "Mini-MBA" or graduate certificate in Business just for taking those two classes plus two others.

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013
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Very rigorous. Started online in 2011 and finished right on time in 2013. It definitely is not for the faint of heart. People think online is easy - however you better have your act together and be a self motivator. Great experience putting together formal education with my experience.

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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2010
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As others have pointed out, if you went to Fl. Tech for your undergraduate, there is no point in going there for your graduate unless an employer is paying or you're going into a different field as you'll most likely end up taking the same courses with the same professors and do the same work you did as an undergraduate.

This is from personal experience in the CS dept- it wasn't until I was fortunate enough to be the nail that stood out that they decided it was a good idea to actually differentiate the course work between graduate and undergraduate students since prior it was literally the exact same courses with the only difference being in how it was represented on your transcripts. The courses that were dual grad/undergrad were taught in the same room, by the same professor, with the same coursework to a T.

The professors on a whole are extremely knowledgeable and the courses are challenging. Administration is what made my experience at Fl Tech bitter sweet. Even certain professors hold no qualms about openly conveying their own frustration or resentment towards the administration.

Some online courses are taught better than others. In one I would receive immediate feedback while in another I did not receive any grades until the semester ended.

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Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2013
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I have just finished my 9th course (out of 12) in the MBA program. The quality of education is very high. The workload is also very high. This is definitely not a ‘diploma mill.’ I was actually hoping for something a little easier, but nothing about this program is easy. For example, the class I just finished had the standard tests, discussion board, and reading (don’t think you can complete a class without reading). In addition to this, I had to complete 2 papers (10 pages each) which required significant research, a business plan (49 pages) and a marketing plan (66 pages). I would say this is a typical workload for my FIT MBA courses.

In short, the education is dependent on what you put into it. The caveat is that if you don’t put in significant effort, you will not pass. The professors treat you as a professional and seem to have little patience for laziness. It has been mentioned multiple times that and MBA is for a business professional, and based on that expectation a professional effort is expected.

This may sound like a negative review, but it isn’t. I have the highest regard for this program. I just want to point out that this program is not for a person looking to write a check and get a few letters behind their name for resume banter.

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Degree: MBA in Finance
Graduation Year: 2013
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I have been a student at Florida Tech's online business school for over a year now. You have to be committed if you want to pass and get good grades. It is very time consuming.

When I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in biology I could not find a job. So I enrolled in Florida Tech's online MBA program. Since then I have gotten a dream job and it is largely due to the MBA program.

If you are willing to work hard this is a good program for you.

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Graduation Year: 2013
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I am on my fifth of eleven requires courses for in the Master of Science in Information Technology program and all courses have taught material at the under-grad level. I can say that with confidence because I have already had the same courses. When I reviewed the curriculum prior to starting the program, I thought they would be graduate-level courses in the same subject. If I weren’t so invested in the program I would terminate and find another school. My current course, Information Security, utilized a textbook that is seven years old, which should be unacceptable for an Information Technology course at any level of instruction. There were no requirements to do any research of current issues on the topic and the weekly discussion questions merely required students to write definitions, word-for-word, from the text book.

The web lectures do not provide any added value to the courses. Slides are word-for-word from the text book and the presenter merely read the slides. No clarification, explanation or examples are provided. The narrator of the slides for the Information Security course may have a Ph.D., but his monotone delivery and inability to properly pronounce terms is very distracting and does not lend to a learning environment. I have worked in the IT field for 20 years and can honestly say a person off of the street could read the slides just as well as the good doctor, perhaps even better. The presentations are horrible and of no use. The instructors have not provide any added value to the course material. All I do for is read the book and take simple, multiple choice exams. It is ironic that an “Institute of Technology” would utilize out-of-date textbooks and technology in the technical classes it provides. The student interface for the online classroom discussion board and the email interface are extremely lacking and in need of an upgrade. I have taken online classes at UMUC, St. Leo, and three different community colleges and every one of them are far superior to FIT. I have an “A” average and am sure I will graduate with one, simply because the work is so easy.

I would not waste my time or money at on the MSIT program at FIT, unless all you want is a worthless piece of paper that says you have a MSIT.

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If any person tells you that the FIT MBA program is an easy A, they are crazy. It is to quite the contrary. I earned my undergraduate BA through FIT and was thoroughly impressed, but the MBA programs online are set up for failure. The managerial accounting exams have 36 questions that are extremely difficult and the exam has short time limits. Exams that should have a six hour time limit have a three hour time limit. So, by the end of the three hours you have many unanswered questions.

Most of the exams have averages in the 50’s, and the school has a no curve policy at the graduate level. If you want to teach yourself graduate level work, this is the college for you. The online professors are useless. Don’t waste your money and your time. I am currently in the process of transferring to another MBA program so I can actually learn what I need to. Undergraduate good, but graduate horrible. Food for thought, I graduated with honors undergraduate at FIT, and I have a 3.5 GPA in graduate. So, I am not a student that doesn’t put a solid effort forward. Steer clear!

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I am currently enrolled in the IT program with Florida Tech and I would not recommend this school to anybody.

The vast majority of the work is done straight from the book. There is a distinct lack of hands on exercises or activities. They expect you to read up four chapters a week and have that memorized purely through whats offered in the text. It feels like you are paying thousands of dollars to sit down and teach yourself.

What little interaction you have with your fellow students and the teacher is done through useless discussion assignments that really have no bearing on the outcome of your overall education. Often, there will be a minimum amount of posts required to the forum every week. Your grade is almost always determined by your frequency of posts, not the quality. So you end up with a lot of people posting really useless things just to make the grade. Also, since the discussion is required, a lot of the subject will have nothing to do with what your learning. As if the teacher is having trouble coming up with topics.

Good luck trying to get help from a teacher in anyway. I recently reached out to my teacher for help and, in polite terms, I was basically told too bad get a tutor. It very much seems that these classes are just a job to F.I.Ts' instructors and they have very little care or regard for if the students pass. There is no student/teacher relationship.

For someone starting from scratch in their chosen field this school is the worst possible choice you can make. Even if you pass and get your degree, you will likely not have retained the information to be a success on the job.

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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2013
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I am enrolled in Florida Tech's MBA program with a specialization in marketing. I am just over halfway done with the 24 month program and have already learned so much. The thing I like the best about the program is you know you are getting a high-quality education - the professors are all leaders in their field and offer invaluable real-world advice and experience on top of the material we are learning in the textbook.

I did my research before deciding what school to earn my MBA program from and there's no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision. Florida Tech is ranked among the best schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for a reason! The education you receive is world class. Looking forward to when I can proudly say I'm a Florida Tech alumni. Go Panthers!!

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