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M.S. in Aeronautics (MSA)

Introduction

The Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA) degree program is a broad-based, flexible degree program designed to provide both the aviation/aerospace professional and students who are interested in a career in aviation with a rigorous academic approach to an aviation/aerospace oriented multidisciplinary degree. It provides an unequaled opportunity for pilot flight crew members, air traffic control personnel, flight operations specialists, meteorologists, industry technical representatives, unmanned aircraft systems operators, and aviation educators to enhance their knowledge and pursue additional career opportunities.

The MSA degree is designed to provide the student with a broad research background and technical knowledge in the core curriculum and the opportunity to select from five different specializations to pursue their chosen career path in the aviation field.

The MSA program consists of 33 credits. Students must complete the MSA core requirements consisting of 12 credits, and then complete the 9 credits that make up the selected specialization in one of six areas: Air Traffic Management, Aviation/Aerospace Education Technology, Aviation/Aerospace Management, Aviation/Aerospace Operations, Aviation Safety Management Systems, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Students must also complete 12 credits of coursework that includes either a Thesis (6 credits), or a Graduate Capstone Project (GCP) (3 credits). MSA students can also complete courses leading to a multiple specializations. Additional specializations must be declared prior to the completion of the degree program. Students wishing to complete multiple specializations must have 9 unduplicated credits in each of the specializations and will complete a total of 33 (GCP) or 36 (Thesis) credit hours in order to graduate.

Degree Requirements

Air Traffic Management Specialization

For students with no ATC experience or education.
Required Undergraduate Foundation
AT 202Introduction to Air Traffic Management3
AT 305Introduction to Terminal Radar Operations3
AT 401Advanced Terminal Radar Operations3
MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 602The Air Transportation System3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
or MSA 674 Project Management in Aviation Aerospace
Specialization Requirements
Required Course
MSA 520Introduction to Air Traffic Control Tower3
MSA 617En route Radar Operations3
MSA 618En route Non-Radar Operations3
Electives
Advanced Airport Modeling
Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems
Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Safety Systems
Leadership and Critical Decision Making in the Aviation Industry
Ethical Leadership in Aviation and Labor Management Relations in the Federal Sector
Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Planning Systems
Select one of the following options:12
Option I
Graduate Capstone Research Project
MSA Electives from the above list of elective courses.
Option II
Thesis
MSA Electives from the above list of elective courses.
Total Credits42

Aviation/Aerospace Education Technology Specialization

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 602The Air Transportation System3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
or MSA 674 Project Management in Aviation Aerospace
Specialization Requirements
Select three of the following:9
Computer Based Instruction
Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems
Online Learning Environment
Aviation Education Foundations
Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Curriculum Development
Adult Teaching and Learning Techniques
Electives
Select one of the following options:12
Option I
Graduate Capstone Research Project
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Option II
Thesis
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Total Credits33

Aviation/Aerospace Management Specialization

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 602The Air Transportation System3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
or MSA 674 Project Management in Aviation Aerospace
Specialization Requirements
Select three of the following:9
Advanced Airport Modeling
Aircraft Maintenance Management
Aviation/Aerospace System Safety
Safety Program Management
Leadership and Critical Decision Making in the Aviation Industry
Ethical Leadership in Aviation and Labor Management Relations in the Federal Sector
Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Planning Systems
Production and Procurement Management in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry
Integrated Logistics Support in Aviation/Aerospace
Note: BA courses may be selected with permission of the Program Coordinator.
Note: MSA 672/MSA 674 may be selected as a Management specialization/elective course
Electives
Select one of the following options:12
Option I
Graduate Capstone Research Project
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Option II
Thesis
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Total Credits33

(At least 18 credits must be MSA courses)

Aviation/Aerospace Operations Specialization

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 602The Air Transportation System3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
or MSA 674 Project Management in Aviation Aerospace
Specialization Requirement
Select three of the following:9
Advanced Airport Modeling
Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems
Applications in Crew Resource Management
Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Safety Systems
Leadership and Critical Decision Making in the Aviation Industry
Air Carrier Operations
Corporate Aviation Operations
Ethical Leadership in Aviation and Labor Management Relations in the Federal Sector
Note: BA Courses may be selected with permission of the Program Coordinator.
Note: MSA 672/MSA 674 may be selected as an Operations specialization/elective course
Electives
Select one of the following options:12
Option I
Graduate Capstone Research Project
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Option II
Thesis
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Total Credits33

Aviation Safety Management Systems Specialization

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 602The Air Transportation System3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
or MSA 674 Project Management in Aviation Aerospace
Specialization Requirement
Select three of the following:9
Advanced Airport Modeling
Human Factors and Psychology in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry
Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Safety Systems
Applied Aviation Safety Programs
Aviation/Aerospace System Safety
Safety Program Management
Airport Operations Safety
Electives
Select one of the following options:12
Option I
Graduate Capstone Research Project
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Option II
Thesis
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Total Credits33

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Specialization 

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 602The Air Transportation System3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
or MSA 674 Project Management in Aviation Aerospace
Specialization Requirement
Select three of the following:9
Electives
Application of Unmanned Systems
Unmanned Aerospace Systems Applications for Robotics and Control
Unmanned Aerospace Systems Operations and Payloads
Unmanned Systems Command, Control, and Communications
Select one of the following options:12
Option I
Graduate Capstone Research Project
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Option II
Thesis
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Total Credits33

BSA-MSA 4+1 Program: A Unique Opportunity

This program is for exceptional students who are committed to continuing their education through the Master’s degree. This fast-paced program allows qualifying students the opportunity to complete both the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics (BSA) and the Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA) in five academic years.

Students who are accepted in the BSA-MSA 4+1 program, will spend three academic years in undergraduate-level study and then, during their senior year, will be allowed to take up to three graduate-level courses from their selected MSA specialization to replace an equal number of Professional Development elective courses in the BSA degree. Before selecting the 3 courses to be taken, students must confer with an advisor to ensure that the courses selected are suitable and align with their selected MSA specialization (a grade of B or better must be achieved). Upon completion of the BSA requirements, students will be enrolled in the MSA and can complete their degree in one year. In any graduate course taken by an undergraduate student, a grade of B or better must be earned. If a grade of C or F is earned in any of the courses taken in lieu of the Professional Development elective courses in the BSA degree, the student will be removed from the program and may continue to complete the BSA degree only.

This special program will challenge students and develop their knowledge and understanding of concepts in aeronautical science while integrating their skills in aviation and aerospace applications. As a minimum, the applicant must have at least a 3.00 GPA and have demonstrated superior academic capability.