About FIT Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

Florida Tech's off-campus site at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) located in California, MD offers the benefits of a large university with the comfort of a small campus setting. The SMHEC site strives to provide one-on-one academic advising, along with quality graduate courses each semester.

Master's Degrees

The master's degree programs offered at SMHEC are designed to meet the needs of civilians, military service-members and contractors in and around the California, MD. The following graduate degrees are offered in-residence by Florida Tech at SMHEC: 

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree is a three-year professional degree that prepares students with the advanced knowledge necessary to manage complex corporate environments. 

Flexibility and convenience

Courses are taught in a traditional format, meeting one night a week to accommodate students who are employed full-time. Students may also choose to complete course work in a distance learning format, which utilizes a virtual classroom, discussion boards and email exchanges. In either case, students have the opportunity to complete their master’s degree within two years, or at their own pace.

Florida Tech understands that today’s work force is often on-the-move to different geographic locations. Students who relocate while pursuing a degree may finish their program through distance learning courses or at one of the other Florida Tech off-campus sites in the United States.

Application and admission processes

Applications for admission can submitted online. Potential students are encouraged to review the admission and academic policies. The tuition, fees and payment policies are regularly updated on the Web site.

Florida Tech at SMHEC does allow students to enroll in classes during the admission process. More information about the admissions process, obtaining transcripts, the GRE and the GMAT can be obtained from the Patuxent site director.

Accreditation and Memberships

Florida Institute of Technology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. The university is approved by the Office of Education of the U.S. Department of Education and is a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, the American Council on Education, the College Entrance Examination Board and the American Society for Engineering Education. Degree offerings at the Patuxent Site are approved by the State of Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).


Florida Institute of Technology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida Institute of Technology. Florida Institute of Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected minority in the admission of students, administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment policies, and athletic or other university sponsored programs or activities. Contact the Title IX Coordinator at (321) 674-8700.