Masters Admissions

Embry-Riddle seeks master's students of good character who have demonstrated scholastic achievement and capacity for future growth. Our admission process is aimed at identifying the best students who show the potential to succeed in one of our master's programs. We use the guidelines in the next section to determine which applicants are to be granted full admission to a master's program. Students who fail to meet these guidelines but who are judged to have potential for success in a master's program may be granted conditional admission. Students admitted under conditional status will have to prove their ability to pursue a master's program by meeting specific performance criteria set by the program coordinator.

Admission decisions are often rendered in the anticipation of the applicant successfully completing the baccalaureate degree or some other admission requirement. Admission granted by such actions is provisional and is automatically rescinded if the applicant fails to meet the requirement before the specified date for the start of masters-level study.

Specific programs may require that potential degree candidates display a mastery of a number of topical areas critical to the initiation of master-level study in their fields. Candidates are informed of these requirements along with their notification of acceptance.

Any questions relating to the criteria or any other aspect of the admissions process should be addressed to the Graduate Admissions Office on the Daytona Beach Campus.

General Criteria

Applicants must possess an earned baccalaureate degree or equivalent.

If earned in the United States, this degree must be from an appropriately accredited college, university, or program.

If earned outside the United States, the degree must be from an institution that offers a degree program that is equivalent to one in an accredited degree granting institution listed in the Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education (AIPE) published by the American Council of Education (ACE). Applicants educated at foreign schools may be required to submit an evaluation by submitting official certified documentation of their educational achievements to a foreign credential evaluation organization specified by Embry-Riddle.

A well-defined process will be used to determine whether a student is fully qualified for admission to a specific master program. Criteria for making this judgment will include academic record, work experience, professional activities, publications, recommendations, written statements, and interviews, as appropriate.

Articulation of applicable courses to meet program requirements, or course prerequisites, may be required as a condition of admission.

In most cases, students required to complete undergraduate prerequisites as conditions of their admission will receive conditional status admission. Upon successful completion of the appropriate undergraduate prerequisite courses, these students will transition to full graduate student status. While in conditional status, these students are not eligible for assistantship opportunities.

Conditional Admission*

  1. Students who fail to satisfy the guidelines for full admission, but are judged to have potential for success in a master's program, may be granted conditional admission. Students admitted under conditional status must prove their ability to pursue a graduate program by meeting specific performance criteria after matriculation at the University.
  2. Students admitted on conditional status will be monitored closely as to scholarly performance. Students who are admitted conditionally may be on conditional status until they have completed nine hours of masters-level work. During this period, students may receive no grade lower than a B. Students will not be permitted to repeat courses during this period.
  3. The conditions of admission will be communicated to applicants in the ­letter of admission. Students are fully admitted to the program when the conditions have been properly satisfied.

*Only applicable to US citizens or US permanent resident students.

Procedures for Admission

Applications will not be processed until all required documents are received. Applications received after the submission deadlines stated in the following sections will be processed as quickly as possible, but acceptance for ­admission may not be early enough for the applicant to begin the ­program as soon as desired. From the day of the receipt of all application documentation, admission notifications are usually sent within three weeks.

Daytona Beach applicants should submit their applications for admission online, http://www.daytonabeach.erau.edu/admissions/apply/index.html.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Daytona Beach Graduate Admissions Office
(800) 388-3728 - or - (386) 226-6176
email: graduate.admissions@erau.edu

Prescott applicants should submit their application to:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Prescott Graduate Admissions Office
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301-3720
(800) 888-3728 - or - (928) 777-6993
(928) 777-6958 (fax)
email: prmsss@erau.edu

United States Citizens and Permanent Residents of the United States

All applicants must submit the following items to the Graduate Admissions Office prior to the application deadline:

  1. Completed application form and $50 application fee. Please note: Permanent residents must provide a photocopy of their ARC (Alien Registration Card).
  2. Transcripts.
    1. Official sealed transcripts for all college coursework earned (both graduate and undergraduate). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions attended to Embry-Riddle. A minimum of a bachelor degree is required.
    2. Course descriptions for all graduate coursework to be considered for transfer credit.
  3. Statement of objectives. The statement of objectives is an important part of your application. You should give your reasons for wishing to do graduate work in the field you have chosen, incorporating your interests and your background as well as your long-term professional goals, defining how Embry-Riddle’s programs support those interests and goals. This should be at least three or four paragraphs.
  4. Three masters applicant reference forms; two academic and one professional are preferred.
  5. Resume. A current resume outlining your education, work experience, special activities, and awards.
  6. Test Scores.  Some programs will require students to submit official GRE or GMAT scores. Contact Graduate Admissions for specific program requirements.  Indicate school code 5190 when submitting the official test scores.

All materials submitted become the property of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and cannot be reproduced, returned, or forwarded.

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs

These programs are designed to allow qualified students to begin a master’s degree while still completing their bachelor's, thus finishing both degrees in a shorter time. These degrees also sometimes allow for the crossing of disciplines — earning a B.S. in one field and an M.S. in another, which gives graduates a versatility and breadth of knowledge sought by employers in today’s job market. Students must have a 3.2 CGPA and receive approval from the bachelor’s program coordinator, master’s program coordinator, International and Graduate Admissions, and, if applicable, Financial Aid and Immigration Services.

Admission Time Limit

Applicants who have been accepted for admission into Embry-Riddle master's programs must enroll in Embry-Riddle master's level courses within one year from the date of the semester for which they were accepted. Those who do not enroll in the specified time period must reapply for admission according to the regulations and procedures in effect at the time of reapplication.

After one year, a new application, fee, and supporting documents must be submitted.

Admission Deposit

At least 30 calendar days prior to matriculation, admitted students must submit a $200 tuition deposit.

The deposit will be held in the student’s account for one year and will be credited toward tuition during the first semester of attendance. After one year, if a student has not matriculated, the deposit is forfeited.

Credit for Prior Academic Work and for Courses Taken at Other Institutions

Students applying prior academic work toward their Embry-Riddle master's program requirements must submit appropriate documentation for such credit as part of the admission process. The request must be in writing and must be accompanied by official transcripts or equivalent evidence of such work. Requests must be approved by the academic department chair or their designee.

Prior academic work and courses taken at other institutions by veteran students and/or other eligible students receiving Veterans Education Benefits will be evaluated and credit granted as appropriate and will be reported to the DVA as required by law.

Credit (called transfer credit) may be received for master's level work done at another appropriately accredited college or university.

Credit (called escrow credit) may be received for certain master's level courses taken by Embry-Riddle undergraduates.

Credit may be received for certain master's level courses taken as non-degree master's level work or as part of another Embry-Riddle master's degree program. When transferring from one Embry-Riddle master's program to another this credit may include prior work on a GRP or thesis.

The combined total credit applied to an Embry-Riddle master's degree may not exceed 12 credit hours.

In order to satisfy a master's degree program requirement, the academic work for which such credit is sought must be determined to be specifically relevant to the applicant’s master's degree program at Embry-Riddle. The content of the applicable course or other program should be used to determine the nature of the credit to be applied to the student’s degree requirement. The appropriate Daytona Beach or Prescott academic department chair or designee shall make these determinations.

Credit will be granted only if the student demonstrated performance expected of a master's student at Embry-Riddle (in the case of master's level courses, this normally means that the course was completed with a B or better [3.00 CGPA on a 4.00 grading scale]).

Credit for academic work used to satisfy the requirements of an undergraduate degree will not be accepted toward the requirements for a master's degree.

Credit will generally be accepted only for courses that were completed in the seven-year period immediately preceding the date that the student begins classes.

Permission to obtain master's level credit for courses to be taken outside the University after matriculation must be granted by the academic department chair or designee.

The last nine hours of master's level credit on a degree program must be earned at Embry-Riddle.

A student may not be enrolled in more than one degree program. Upon completion of an Embry-Riddle master's degree program, a student may elect to apply to another master's degree program at this university. After meeting admissions requirements and receiving notification of acceptance, a student may request that up to 12 hours of credit be transferred to the new degree program if the hours are applicable to the newly elected degree program. The transfer of these hours is at the discretion of the appropriate college dean or their designee.

Intra-University Transfer

Masters students who have matriculated on either the Daytona Beach, Prescott, or Worldwide Campuses, are continuously enrolled students, and have met their financial obligations on the campus where they matriculated, may transfer from one campus to the other. Transfers are not automatic and certain conditions must be met. Additionally, a vacancy must exist in the program to which the student wishes to transfer, either permanently or as a visiting student.