Indiana Tech is a private and independent university located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Founded in 1930, Indiana Tech has come a long way from its humble roots and has grown into a thriving university for both traditional on-campus students and busy working professionals who prefer to take advantage of distance learning. Originally started as an engineering and science university, Indiana Tech now offers degrees in Engineering, Computer Studies, Criminal Science, and Business at the associate’s through doctoral levels.
Indiana Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Furthermore, their engineering program are accredited by the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). There are approximately 9,000 students enrolled at Indiana Tech, and average classes have 19 students.
In addition to its traditional “live and go to school on campus” model, Indiana Tech distance learning employs both classical and modern distance learning methods to best serve its students. Classic distance learning takes place in-person at non-traditional hours, such as nights and weekends, and classes can either be at the main campus or at satellite location. Modern distance learning utilizes the advances that have been made in educational technology by computers and internet; students need only a computer a computer with internet access and familiarity with how to use e-mail and basic Microsoft Office programs.
Online courses are taught in a 5-6 week accelerated format for undergraduate and graduate courses, respectively. Students are able to access the material and interact with professors and classmates asynchronously, or at their own convenience during the span of the course. Indiana Tech allows its distance learning students to use one or both methods while completing their degrees. Online courses and accelerated study at satellite locations are maintained through the College of Professional Studies, and are located in Fort Wayne, as well as Indianapolis, Elkhart, and additional locations throughout central and north Indiana regions.
Associate’s degrees offered online include Accounting, Criminal Justice, General Studies, and Business Administration with concentrations in Management and Production Management. Online Bachelor’s degrees include Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership. Business Administration and Criminal Justice both offer many opportunities for specialization. Concentrations in Business Administration include Health Care Administration, Human Resources, Management, and Marketing. Concentrations in Criminal Justice include Crime Analysis, Criminal Justice Administration, and Rehabilitation Services. Additionally, Indiana Tech offers Master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Organizational Leadership, and has recently begun and online Master’s of Science in Police Administration for the Fall 2010. Concentrations for Business Administration include Management, Marketing, and Health Care Management.
Tuition and fees are $355 per credit hour for undergraduate courses and $465 per credit hour for graduate courses. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and employer or military reimbursement. For example, the Department of Criminal Justice currently offers a $500 scholarship to undergraduates seeking associate’s or bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, and there are many discounts for current and former military. Indiana Tech also offers many flexible payment options for online students.