May 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aeronautics (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Aviation degree is a 30 credit, with 2-option degree that is designed to meet emerging needs of the aviation/aerospace industry. Further, each option has either a research thesis track for those who desire to continue their education to the Ph.D., or a non-thesis option for those who do not plan on continuing their education beyond the master’s degree.  The M.S. in Aeronautics is also designed to accommodate either the working professional, or the traditional academic student with both distance and hybrid instruction models.  In either option students will learn both from experienced professors as well as from experienced industry professionals. 

The Leadership/Policy option is aimed at those who wish to continue their professional education with an ultimate career objective of an executive leadership position in the aviation/aerospace sector. Within this option, students will examine and understand current industry issues from a strategic perspective with a focus on how to make the industry more resilient in an era of constrained resources and changing national priorities. 

The Aerospace Certification option is designed for those who desire advancement in, or desire to enter the workforce in, either the aerospace manufacturing or continued airworthiness sectors. Students will experience in-depth study in the areas of airworthiness certification, production certification, lean six sigma, project management, safety management and others. This program will meet and exceed emerging industry standards for education and training in airworthiness certification.

Admission Requirements

As specified in the Graduate Handbook. Students with undergraduate backgrounds other than aviation or engineering will be admitted conditionally at the discretion of the admissions committee.

A 3.0 undergraduate G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale during the last 60 hours of coursework is required for admission.

Other material required for admission: Official undergraduate transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation and a letter expressing personal goals in the completion of this program.

Graduation Requirements


30 credit hours.

Course Requirements (30 credit hours)

The program of study for the MSA program requires 30 total credits to include the following:

Aerospace Certification Option (15 credit hours)

Aerospace Leadership/Policy Option (15 credit hours)

Research (3 credit hours)

At least 3 credits from: