College of Psychology and Liberal Arts Florida Institute of Technology

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL
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The College of Psychology and Liberal Arts at Florida Tech

Florida Tech's College of Psychology and Liberal Arts gives students a new view of the world through advanced psychological and communication strategies. Program curricula prepare students to conceptualize broadly, think critically, communicate effectively, and interact positively with diverse populations around the world. The college offers 7 degree programs in areas of communication and psychology.

The Master of Science in Global Strategic Communication

The Department of Humanities offers an interdisciplinary Master of Science (M.S.) in Global Strategic Communication degree program, which stresses the development of strategic communication, new media, and various forms of corporate communication. The 36-credit program combines media theory with hands-on experience in publication-ready document creation, technical editing, scholarly research, and more.

Communication students have interned at such prestigious locations as CNN, MTV News, congressional offices and district circuit court houses, Carley Corporation, and the Space Authority.

Nationally Recognized Programs in Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology

The School of Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology offers nationally-recognized graduate programs that prepare students for careers in areas of great need by incorporating critical thinking, hands-on learning, effective communication, and elements of diversity into every curriculum.

Florida Tech's School of Psychology provides a wide range of unique academic programs, research activities, and psychological services that benefit the university as well as the Space Coast community. The school offers 6 graduate degrees from 3 distinctive disciplines.

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology degree program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Florida Tech's program emphasizes the importance of hands-on clinical work and allows students to interact with real patients at local health centers and the world-renowned Scott Center for Autism Treatment. The university's location in a thriving medical community provides students with a wide variety of internship, career, and networking opportunities -- preparing them for post-graduate success.

Graduate Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis

The school offers a fully accredited Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) degree program. Applied behavior analysts help to better the lives of children and adults struggling with behaviors ranging from difficulty with every day social interactions to complex marital conflicts by applying a systematic scientific approach. Florida Tech is home to The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, a facility dedicated to working with children who have autism and other behavioral disorders.

Graduate Programs in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

In a world of changing technology and shifting markets, one aspect remains the same for businesses both large and small: employees are a company's most valuable asset. Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychologists help organizations better manage employees through the application of professional strategies with scientific research. The accredited Master of Science (M.S.) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology degree program and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology degree program are both a scientist-practitioner blend where students research areas of critical relevance to today's businesses while applying concepts learned in the classroom to client consulting opportunities.

Graduate Program in Organizational Behavior Management

Florida Tech's Organizational Behavior Management M.S. degree program is among only a few in the world. As a national research university, Florida Tech provides a unique environment for this heavily research-based and analytical area of psychology. Students also work directly with clients from local companies and government organizations during internships that allow them to apply this scientific management approach to "living" businesses.

Cutting-Edge Research Completed at this National Research University

Florida Institute of Technology is a national research university that houses 34 research institutes and centers, along with many more major laboratories. The current value of research and sponsored projects at Florida Tech is over $90 million. Students and faculty members work together in interdisciplinary settings to explore innovative solutions to the nation's most challenging issues.

Internationally Recognized Faculty at Florida Tech

Florida Institute of Technology faculty members are internationally recognized researchers, scholars, and practitioners who are committed to the pursuit of excellence and intellectual curiosity.

Dr. Andrew Aberdein conducts research on the formal and informal accounts of human reason, including mathematical argumentation and its use in understanding science, mathematics, and technology.

Dr. Ted Petersen's experience working with regional newspapers before joining Florida Tech's mass communication department gives his students an insider's perspective to journalism. His research on new media and pop culture artifacts has generated 7 publications in 6 years.

Dr. Youngju Sohn worked as an associate editor for a Korean business monthly before coming to Florida Tech. Her current research focuses on the development of corporate communication strategies and exploring the nature of corporate reputations.

Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz has practiced behavior analysis for over 30 years. He has worked and consulted in a wide range of settings, including home-based programs, community-based programs, early intervention programs, schools, residential treatment centers, rehabilitation centers, day programs, hospitals, and state institutions.

Florida Tech Receives High National and International Rankings

Florida Tech has received a wide array of awards, honors, and high rankings for its academic achievements, overall quality, and value. "The Princeton Review" recognizes Florida Tech among the top colleges in the Southeast. Florida Tech was named one of America's Best Colleges according to "Forbes" and is ranked a Tier 1 Best National University by "U.S. News and World Report."

Florida Institute of Technology -- The Only Independent, Technological University in the Southeast

Florida Institute of Technology was founded in 1958 to provide training and education to personnel working for NASA's space program at what is now the Kennedy Space Center. Today, the campus sits on 130 areas of subtropical landscape in Melbourne, Florida, and is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. Florida Tech is committed to encouraging intellectual curiosity and providing quality programs with effective teaching techniques.

Florida Institute of Technology Financial Aid

Florida Institute of Technology offers a number of opportunities for graduate students seeking financial assistance. Dependents of Florida Tech faculty members and staff members may also apply for Tuition Exchange Scholarships, which provide recipients with full tuition scholarships at over 600 participation colleges and universities across the country. Eligible graduate students may apply for more than 14 fellowships and awards, including the Dr. Juanita Neal Baker Psychology Fellowship and Dr. Carol L. Philpot Fellowship in Family Psychology.

Location & Contact

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Florida Institute of Technology

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

Dr. Mary Beth Kenkel


Phone: 321-674-8142
Fax: 321-674-7105

Ms. Cheryl Brown

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

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

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Doctor of Psychology (Psy D)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 50
    • Doctoral Degrees 30
    • 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? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


38% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 557
    • Accepted 213
    • Acceptance Rate 38
    • Enrolled 134
  • 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 April 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline September 30th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0, 2 letters of recommendation, and resume, statement of objectives
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test, 3 letters of recommendation, minimum GPA of 3.2, and resume, statement of objectives
    • 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 availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships, tuition remissions

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students302
    • Female Percentage76%
    • Male Percentage24%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students302
    • Part-time Percentage8%
    • Full-time Percentage92%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino10%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian68%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown7%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty39
    • Full-time Percentage85%
    • Part-time Percentage15%
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchNot Reported
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$135,099