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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, 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 36 credits. Students must complete the MSA core requirements consisting of 15 credits, and then complete the 9 credits that make up the selected specialization in one of five areas: Air Traffic Management, Aviation/Aerospace Education Technology, Aviation/Aerospace Management, Aviation/Aerospace Operations, or Aviation Safety Management 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 36 (GCP) or 39 (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 524Introduction to the National Airspace System (NAS)3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 674Project Management in Aviation Aerospace3
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
Air Traffic Management Leadership and Critical Decision Making
Air Traffic Management in the NAS
Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Planning Systems
Select one of the following options:12
Option I
Graduate Capstone Research Project
MSA/BA Electives (from above list of elective courses)
Option II
Thesis
MSA/BA Electives (from above list of elective courses)
Total Credits45

Aviation/Aerospace Education Technology Specialization

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 524Introduction to the National Airspace System (NAS)3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 674Project Management in Aviation Aerospace3
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 Credits36

Aviation/Aerospace Management Specialization

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 524Introduction to the National Airspace System (NAS)3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 674Project Management in Aviation Aerospace3
Specialization Requirements
Select three of the following:9
Advanced Airport Modeling
Aircraft Maintenance Management
Aviation/Aerospace System Safety
Safety Program Management
Air Traffic Management Leadership and Critical Decision Making
Air Traffic Management in the NAS
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.
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 Credits36

(At least 18 credits must be MSA courses)

Aviation/Aerospace Operations Specialization

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 524Introduction to the National Airspace System (NAS)3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 674Project Management in Aviation Aerospace3
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
Air Carrier Operations
Corporate Aviation Operations
Note: BA Courses may be selected with permission of the Program Coordinator.
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 Credits36

Aviation Safety Management Systems Specialization

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 524Introduction to the National Airspace System (NAS)3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 674Project Management in Aviation Aerospace3
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 Credits36