Southern Maryland Education Center


An advanced degree can make a critical difference in a person’s career. The Florida Tech Southern Maryland Education Center, located in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, provides graduate students in the Southern Maryland area with opportunities to continue their education, maintain their professional and technical competence, and enhance their personal and professional value to the community.

Florida Tech programs are available to all who meet admission requirements of the university. Classes are available to military personnel, government civilians and contractors, and the general public on-site at the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USMSM) Regional Center location. All programs are designed for working professionals and adult learners. Students are invited to enroll at the beginning of every Fall and Spring (16-week terms) or Summer semester (11-week term).

Message From The Southern Maryland Center Director

Welcome to Florida Tech Southern Maryland located at the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USMSM) Regional Education Center 7 miles north of NAS Patuxent River. We are proud to be Panthers serving the Navy and Southern Maryland community since 1972 when the Naval Air Test Center (NATC) invited FIT to offer graduate programs in Engineering on base.

The M.S. in Electrical Engineering was the first degree offered. We still offer this degree. Interesting historical fact is that the M.S. in Electrical Engineering was also the very first graduate degree the University offered when it started in 1958 in few classrooms in a Jr. High School in Melbourne, FL. We are especially proud of the almost 1,500 degrees earned by our alumni from this location. We continue to offer a wide range of technical and management programs designed to prepare exceptional leaders in private, public, and non-profit employment areas. Our faculty is highly qualified and credentialed, and we still offer many of our courses through traditional face-to-face classroom delivery supplemented by both live and asynchronous, virtual delivery.

A dedicated on-site administrative team will guide you through the entire process from application through graduation. We look forward to having you as a Florida Tech Southern Maryland student. We’re happy to assist you with any questions you may have. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to call, e-mail, or just stop by our office at USMSM (formerly SMHEC). We welcome the opportunity to help you explore and achieve your educational goals

Ad astra per scientiam et procuratio (To the stars with science and management),

"Dr. Bob" Robert R. Schaller, Sr., Ph.D., MBA
Director, Southern Maryland Education Center

Programs at Florida Tech Southern Maryland