Program in Environmental Resource Management College of Engineering Florida Institute of Technology

Program in Environmental Resource Management College of Engineering Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
6 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


A top-tier research university in an ideal setting for environmental study

The Florida Institute of Technology is a highly regarded private university founded in 1958, originally to offer advanced degree programs to scientists and engineers at the NASA facility now known as the Kennedy Space Center. Florida Tech is a Tier 1 research school with a total student body of some 5,600 students, including about 2,400 graduate students.

The "Princeton Review" names Florida Tech as a Best Southeastern College. "US News and World Report" includes Florida Tech on many of its lists, including Best Engineering Schools, Best Biological Sciences Programs, Best National Universities, and Best Colleges for Veterans.

Florida Tech has its main campus in Melbourne, on the Space Coast. Atlantic beaches offer surfing and swimming along with nearby research facilities dedicated to coastal and wetland environmental studies. Melbourne is located midway between Jacksonville and Miami and is about a 90-minue drive east of Orlando.

Florida Tech prides itself on its sustainability education programs as well as its green campus practices. Students may put research projects into practice as campus initiatives to increase recycling, obtain LEED certification, make and harvest compost, and protect local waterways.

The Master of Science in Environmental Resource Management

The MS in Environmental Resource Management degree program is administered by the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems within Florida Tech's College of Engineering. The program combines engineering, science, and business studies to prepare students for work as consultants, conservationists, and policymakers working with public and private enterprises on environmental and social issues.

Prospective students should already hold a bachelor's degree in a science or engineering subject or be able to demonstrate relevant coursework. The campus-based program requires 30 credit hours of study, which include an internship and 6 hours of elective courses relevant to the student's career interests.

Core courses for Florida Tech's MS in Environmental Resource Management are

- Aquatic Environmental Toxicology

- Conservation Biology

- Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment

- Global Environmental Problems and Solutions

- Introduction to Water Resources

- Marine and Environmental Chemistry

Students also take a seminar in environmental science each semester.

Elective coursework allows students to specialize and deepen their interests. Class topics include environmental and urban planning, issue investigation and evaluation, optics and remote sensing, air pollution, coastal systems planning, and engineering economy.

A major research hub with hands-on opportunities

Part of the environmental resource management degree program is a capstone management plan that each student develops while working with a scientific or research group in the area, both for use as a portfolio piece and to extend classroom learning into the field or the lab.

Among the groups Florida Tech students have worked with on research projects are the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the Audubon Society, and Save the Manatees. Other research opportunities are available with many of the tenants at the Florida Tech Research Park, as well as with campus-based facilities such as the Institute for Research on Global Climate Change, the Institute for Marine Research, the Center for Remote Sensing, and the Ralph S. Evinrude Marine Operations Center. Students can also access the Olin Life Sciences aquaculture lab and the Vero Beach Marine Laboratory.

Florida Tech also has student groups that align with environmental resource management interests. Florida Tech's Environmental Club members host fundraisers and provide community service; the Student Organization for Sustainability Action helps the school and other universities to develop and follow sustainable practices.

A career path with strong demand

Careers in environmental resource management span a range of roles, from public policy development and resource protection to enterprise compliance management and project engineering. Specific fields of endeavor include air quality research and control, land use management, wetlands conservation, policy specialist, and environmental compliance direction.

Graduates of the program also have access to the Florida Institute of Technology alumni association, which hosts events in many US cities and abroad. Membership in Florida Tech's 60,000 alumni offers social and career networking benefits as well as free online career management services.

A Military Friendly School

The Florida Institute of Technology has earned the "GI Jobs" Military Friendly School designation for several years, based especially on the school's record of granting credit for relevant military experience and tuition assistance programs. Its alumni include a number of military generals, including Gen. Ann Dunwoody (Ret.), the US Army's first woman 4-star general. Five Space Shuttle astronauts are FIT graduates as well.

Financial aid and scholarship options

Florida Tech offers several financial assistance options for graduate students. Applicants receive automatic consideration for merit-based scholarships, including a number of endowed scholarships for students studying marine and environmental systems and engineering. Graduate assistantships, full and partial, are also available for students who meet academic standing and English-language proficiency requirements.

Veterans and active-duty members of the military are eligible for a number of tuition assistance benefits. Interested students should contact the military affairs coordinator at Florida Tech's financial aid office.

Location & Contact

Program in Environmental Resource Management

College of Engineering
Florida Institute of Technology

150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975
United States

Dr. Thomas Waite

Department Head

Phone: 321-674-8934
Fax: 321-674-7212

Ms. Cheryl Brown

Associate Director of Graduate Admission

Phone: 321-674-7581
Fax: 321-723-9468

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Oceanography Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Coastal Management Master of Science (MS)
    • Biological Oceanography Master of Science (MS)
    • Geological Oceanography Master of Science (MS)
    • Physical Oceanography Master of Science (MS)
    • Chemical Oceanography Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


69% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 13
    • Accepted 9
    • Acceptance Rate 69
    • Enrolled 5
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic Not Reported
    • Application Fee - International Not Reported
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0, 3 letters of recommendation, resume, transcripts, and statement of objectives, appropriate bachelor's degree
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.3, resume, 3 letters of recommendation, and statement of objectives, on-campus interview (highly recommended)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships, tuition remissions

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students16
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students16
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Full-time Percentage62%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian85%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races8%
    • Unknown-1%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMarine geochemistry, ecosystem dynamics, coastal processes, marine pollution, environmental modeling
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported