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I attended FIT at a satellite campus so I would assume the experience is different online or at the main campus. FIT is not a Degree Mill, but it is designed towards working professionals who want to learn. So if you do not put anything in to it, you will not get anything out, and find the experience lacking. Some of the teachers made the class to easy and some made it a little difficult. It did take effort to pass the classes, but not nearly as much as it would at other schools. The material was not much different than my undergrad, definitely more writing. Overall I believe it was a good experience and am hopeful it will translate into more money and career opportunities.
Just finished MBA in IT Management (with a 4.0 GPA) a couple of months ago. It is too early to tell what this degree will mean to my career as I am still in the same job (so far). The work load is as tough as you could want and still hold down a full time job and a family. I generally put in 2 hours/day Mon-Friday and a few hours on Sunday afternoon finishing up assignments. Just as with any on campus degree, some professors were really good, some were "phoning it in", some were easy and some were hard to please. The "easiest" class I had was economics which required about 10-12 hours per week (but I like economics and have studied it in the past). The most difficult was Accounting (for me) as there were a lot of new concepts to understand. The typical class took about 15-20 hours per week of work. There were a couple of times however that I put in 40+ hours in one week to get all of my reading and assignments completed. Writing papers can be the most time consuming task. In all, I think it was a great program and a good education. The materials used, and information taught is the same thing you would get in almost any other MBA program (I often found class/teacher notes online from other schools including Harvard where the same text book was being used). Of course, as an online program you're going to primarily be reading the books and teaching yourself. The professors are there to post assignments, answer questions and give out grades. It's not the same as learning in a classroom (for good and bad). That's just the nature of it. ***Something to Understand***: Many negative reviews I've read come down to complaints about University Alliance, not Florida Tech. Basically you ARE being taught by and receiving a degree/diploma from Florida Institute of Technology, just like on-campus students. It is the same books and the same courses. FIT is a regionally accredited, brick and mortar, non-profit school. University Alliance however, is a for-profit company that manages the online delivery of college courses for FIT. UA also manages online delivery for several other schools (including Notre Dame). So you're kind of going through UA to get to FIT. Interestingly, the Florida Institute of Technology's College of Business is named for "Nathan M. Bisk". UA is owned by "Bisk Education". The founder and Chairman of Bisk Education is (you guessed it) Nathan M. B.. Make of that what you will. I guess Mr. B. is a pretty good businessman for starting UA and making a bunch of money off of it. Unfortunately the "advisor" you get comes from UA, not FIT. The books, fees and payments all go through UA (student loans actually go through FIT financial aid office however). My advisor was 90% salesman (calling weekly to sign me up for my next class and asking repeatedly if I wanted to order my books from them) and only about 10% advisor. A thorough reading the school website seemed to give me a better understanding of the curriculum than what he had. That aside, I did not have any major problems and he was responsive when I needed something. ***Important note on books***: With the exception of the first two courses which use a custom FIT text book, I bought all of my books through other online sources. In almost all cases I was able to find electronic versions (most of them on Amazon Kindle) which could be purchased (or even rented) for a fraction of the cost. Just get the ISBN number off of the school website and do a Google and/or Amazon search for it. If not available on Kindle, check Amazon, eBay and other online sources for a used copy. ***One more tip***: I found the "Study Guide and CD-ROM" for each class to be completely useless and stopped ordering them after the first two classes. The CD-ROM is just a copy of all of the video lectures which can be streamed or downloaded from your class website. IF you need to watch lectures offline and don't want to download them I guess that could be something you want.The "study guide" is a just a bound book of slides from the lectures with lines for taking notes. I just looked and noticed that the study guide and CD are now only $20 which is at least more reasonable (they used to be $60 which was a complete rip off).
I love Florida Tech online. This school fits in well with my busy life, but I was doing some research and realized that the Business school isn't accredited with AACSB, even though the school is accredited. I feel that this would be important to let students know.
I am half way done with my MBA and it has been anything but easy, but certainly is not impossible. The pace is rigorous and the exams are challenging, however, if you apply yourself you can be successful, as with any graduate level program. Some faculty members are more involved than others with some being more like facilitators and others taking a more hands on approach, I have yet to have a bad one, though there are some I like more than others. You will have readings, lectures, discussion questions, papers, projects (both group and individual), homework assignments, and exams. Before enrolling I highly recommend that you decide whether or not you can devote possibly 15-20 hours a week to your studies. It is a huge commitment but that's what I expected from a graduate level program.
This program is excellent. Despite what you may read on the internet this is the same school as the actual campus. Same admissions, same diploma, and you can walk at graduation. That being said. This is a rigorous, fast-paced program that requires a lot of work. You are expected to complete a 70-120 page business plan in your intro course. From there the work is challenging and, depending on the professor, you will be expected to make up to 8 posts a week on multiple days per week in order to statisfy that portion of the class. Top that off with weekly assignments, lectures (which harbors material that are on the tests and not in the readings), and chapters worth of reading, you can find yourself with your hands full. While I find the business work to be much easier than my undergrad, it can be very time consuming. THIS IS NOT A DEGREE MILL - you need to work hard to succeed in this environment. Prior schooling: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (DB Campus) - Aerospace Systems Engineering
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.
I would choose this degree program because it's highly respected, especially in Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.