Ph.D. Admissions

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.

Daytona Beach applicants should submit their applications for admission on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University website, http://www.daytonabeach.erau.edu/admissions/apply/index.html.

Graduate Admissions Office
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(800) 388-3728 or (386) 226-6176, fax: (386) 226-7070
email: graduate.admissions@erau.edu

Admission to the Ph.D. Programs

Grade point averages of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are preferred.

The University reserves the right to refuse admission to students who are on probationary status or who were academically dismissed from other colleges or universities. If the University admits such students, they will be admitted with conditional status.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be granted under the following conditions:

  • Appropriate coursework completed at another accredited institution with a grade of A, B, C, P, or equivalent may be accepted.
  • Grades are not transferable.
  • Credit hours may be transferable if earned at institutions accredited by the appropriate agency. Academic credit is accepted without regard to the date the course was completed. It is left to the discretion of the student, in consultation with the student’s academic advisor, to determine whether to retake the courses when placement testing indicates a deficiency. Embry-Riddle has sole discretion in determining which and how many transfer credit hours will be accepted toward degree requirements.
  • Embry-Riddle evaluates previous academic credit on a course-by-course basis. Acceptable transfer work will be indicated on the Embry-Riddle transcript. If classes are not applicable to the student’s degree program at Embry-Riddle, they will be considered as electives in excess of minimum degree requirements. The level of credit (upper or lower division) is determined by evaluation of the course at Embry-Riddle.
  • Embry-Riddle may, at its discretion, require an evaluation examination for any course submitted for transfer credit if there is doubt concerning the equivalency of the transfer course with a similar course offered at Embry-Riddle. Embry-Riddle cannot guarantee that the courses are transferable. Courses are accepted at the discretion of the University.
  • The transfer student's records will be evaluated according to the rules and regulations as described in this catalog, and in accordance with University policies in effect at the time of the student's admission to a degree program. After evaluation, the student will be sent a course-by-course outline of all transfer credits accepted by the University.
  • Documentation of activities or full-time employment experience (civilian, military, or any combination equaling three years).

Admission Requirements*

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

  1. Completed application.
  2. U.S. Permanent residents must provide a photocopy of their ARC (Alien Registration Card).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Three master's applicant reference forms; two academic and one professional are preferred.
  6. Resume. A current resume outlining your education, work experience, special activities, and awards.
  7. Test Scores.  The GRE or GMAT may be required for admission into a Ph.D. program. Contact Graduate Admissions for specific program admission requirements.  Indicate school code 5190 when submitting official test scores.

*Additional documentation may be required for international student Please see international student admissions sectin of course catalogue.

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

Admission Time Limit

Applicants who have been accepted for admission into Embry-Riddle Ph.D. programs must enroll in Embry-Riddle 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.

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

Students applying prior academic work toward their Embry-Riddle Ph.D. 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 or Ph.D. 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 or Ph.D. level courses taken as non-degree master's or Ph.D., 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 Ph.D. degree may not exceed 12 credit hours.

In order to satisfy a Ph.D. degree program requirement, the academic work for which such credit is sought must be determined to be specifically relevant to the applicant’s Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. student at Embry-Riddle (in the case of masters courses, this normally means that the course was completed with a B or better [3.00 CGPA on a 4.00 system]).

Credit for academic work used to satisfy the requirements of an undergraduate degree will not be accepted toward the requirements for a Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. degree program, a student may elect to apply to another Ph.D. 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.